When people want to get fencing installed, one of the first materials they consider is glass. Today, commercial and residential property owners are increasingly opting for this material for the outdoor and indoor spaces. Since outdoor areas are exposed to the elements, it becomes very important to choose materials that will be able to withstand climatic changes and last for a very long time, with minimal maintenance.
While frameless glass fencing looks stunning in outdoor settings such as poolscapes etc., it’s important that these installations be made of tempered glass which is toughened glass. Normal glass can be very fragile and will easily shatter on impact. In contrast, tempered glass is strong and becomes the ideal solution for outdoor applications where you want the security of a fence, but want a clear view and openness that only glass installations can provide.
Tempered glass – What exactly is it?
This is a specialised type of glass that’s put through a process of extremely high temperatures and then cooled rapidly as well; this makes it tougher than standard glass. It’s also more brittle which makes it shatter into very small oval-shaped pieces, on severe impact; you don’t have to worry about it breaking into sharp-edged shards like normal glass does. This is also why tempered glass is called safety glass.
Since it is cured via a thermal process, this makes it highly heat-resistant. Tempered glass is used to make windows in microwave ovens, the carafes of automatic coffee makers, skylights, computer screens, shower enclosures as well as shower doors. As per Australian Standards, many public structures that have glass installations are required to use tempered glass.
This glass is 4-5 times stronger than regular glass of the same thickness, which is used in other residential and commercial applications. This will give you a clearer idea why tempered glass is an ideal material for outdoor applications such as fencing and balustrades and more.
Tempered glass – The benefits
As mentioned earlier, this glass doesn’t shatter into shards, which makes it safer for use in any outdoor applications. This reduces the potential risk of getting cut or hurt in case the glass breaks on very heavy impact.
This quality makes it an ideal material for outdoor settings as these areas are exposed to the sun and heat. While it doesn’t have the qualities that fire-resistant glass does, it’s able to withstand the elements and climatic changes in a much better way.
Since the glass is very sturdy; it lasts for a number of years without any trouble or deterioration.
Ease of maintenance
Outdoor fencing made of tempered glass requires very little maintenance. You only have to regularly clean it with liquid soap and water which will help keep it free of dirt and dust.
It’s possible to customise the shape and size of the glass panels to match your requirements. In fact, it can also be used in combination with various other materials such as wood, aluminium etc. You can choose from frameless, semi-framed and framed glass fencing to create the kind of look you want on your property.
Hire expert glass fencing installers
While tempered glass is a very strong and durable material, it’s important that you get your fencing and balustrades installed from expert contractors that have experience in handling this job. For any more information, just contact us at Quantum Frameless Glass at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form and we will call you back shortly for more details about your semi-frameless glass balustrade or fencing installation project.
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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
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