Deck mount spigot Method
Installing glass fences and balustrades on timber-framed floors, decks and balconies, can be challenging at the best of times. In fact, in most cases, because of the nature of timber, the glass fence will not be as strong and stable as it should.The vast majority of glass pool fences installed on timber deck use what we call the deck mount spigot. The spigot itself has a wider base or flange plate with generally 4 holes that will allow for the spigot to be easily screwed down into position were the glass need to be installed.The process of installation is fairly quick and easy and cost effective as no core-drilling is required and minimum preparation needs to be done. That is, as long as the deck has been built to receive the spigots in the right location.Although this is the most popular way to install glass on timber deck, this method presents some major issues both short and long term.
1. Lack of Strength
By screwing the spigots directly into the timber using bugle screws the 1.2 meter fence only relies on the grain of the timber to withstand strong gusts of wind or simply the force of someone leaning on the glass.
2. Misalignment of the glass
As timber expands and dries over time the screws are likely to loosen and with this the glass fence will lose stability and strength. With that the glass panels will be out of alignment and you will have to realign the glass every so often to keep the glass looking good. The problem is that each time the screws are tighten they tend to strip the timber and eventually they will lose grip and the fence will e
When a glass gate is installed on a timber deck, the constant opening and closing of the gate will cause the spigots of the adjacent panels to loosen much more quickly. In this case the gate will not close properly and then pool fence become inefficient and dangerous.
OUR METHOD for STRONGER and MORE DURABLE INSTALLATION OF FRAMELESS GLASS ON TIMBER DECK
Our experience in this field lead us to design a reliable and simple system to make frameless glass fencing and balustrades easier, stronger and more durable than the traditional flange plate.
“STRONGER AND MORE DURABLE!”
Simply follow the simple installation process and once the DeckFix brackets are bolted through the joists and/or bearers, the spigots are installed with the glass and held in position using bracing. A structural non-shrink grout (type Kwixset) is then poured to permanently grout the spigots inside the DeckFix brackets. The bracings will keep the glass perfectly adjusted until grout is cured. Once set the props are removed to install the handrail when required.
A UNIQUE INSTALLATION SYSTEM
Side fixing the fittings onto the structure of the deck or balcony, will give the glass fence more strength and stability. After testing and improving our systems for 10 years, we have come up with the DeckFix range that will make the most challenging installations on timber deck a lot easier, stronger and more durable.