Frequently Asked Questions
Glass Handling Tips
Toughened glass is the safest of all types of glass. It’s designed to shatter into small pieces when it breaks which cuts down on the possibility of serious injury. This doesn’t mean toughened glass is completely safe, however, and it can still cut and injure quite seriously. You need to remain aware of the dangers of toughened glass and take adequate safety precautions.
Whenever you work with glass, you need to wear safety goggles. If you have an accident and the glass shatters, your eyes will be protected. It should be a priority to put them on before you do any work with glass. Wearing goggles is especially important with tempered glass because it shatters into small pieces and these can easily find their way to your eyes unless they’re covered.
Safety Gloves and Wrist Protectors
You should always wear safety gloves and wrist protectors when you work with toughened glass. Make sure that the gloves are strong enough to protect your hands in case of breakages. However, the gloves should also be thin enough so that you can work comfortably and the palms should not be too slippery so you can maintain a good grip on the glass.
Toughened glass has many uses and is ideal for applications where issues of safety arise. A perfect example of this is the use of toughened glass pool fencing and balustrading. When you’re moving a sheet of toughened glass, make sure you keep the corner protectors on.
While the glass is strong, the corners are the most vulnerable points and need to be protected as much as possible. If you don’t pay attention to using protectors, there’s a danger of catching the corner on a snagging point and it will cause the glass to shatter.
Standing the Glass
With toughened glass, you need to be very careful how you stand the glass. Don’t stand a sheet of toughened glass on cement, tile or metal. This is because the glass can topple over and if it does, the entire sheet of toughened glass will shatter.
You should always carry a piece of tempered glass in an upright position in order to keep the best grip on it. This gives you more control which means there’s less chance of dropping it and the glass breaking. Additionally, when you do set it down, it’s best to do so on some softly padded material which takes away the danger of the glass shattering as it makes contact with a solid surface.
When you’re installing toughened glass, it ideally needs to be at room temperature in order to be able to work with it and to avoid the possibility of it shattering. To do this, keep the glass in the house overnight in an area where it can warm up properly.
Can you use 6mm Glass in semi frameless pool fencing?
In our opinion, No! Glass pool fencing has to comply with the requirement of AS1926 and although this standard does not reference the glass standard AS1288 it is in our opinion an oversight. Pool Fencing in general is covered under the Building Act 1993 which incorporates the Building Code of Australia (BCA) which references the glass standard AS1288 – Glass in buildings so therefore all fencing including Pool fencing is required to comply with the glass standard therefore making 6mm glass inadequate for use in a semi-frameless application unless of course posts spacing are reduced to 590mm apart, not exactly providing the appearance that most people expect from their glass pool fence.
Which is better; stainless steel or powder coated?
Although stainless steel has a luxurious and elegant appeal, it is more suited to an internal application where it cannot be affected by the elements. All stainless steel products installed in an external application will tarnish over time and require some form of cleaning or maintenance. This surface rust, also known as Tea-Staining, does not affect the structural adequacy of the product used and tends to be accelerated in certain conditions such as coastal regions. Powder Coating on the other hand has over time and through newer technologies become a far better alternative for an external application. Standard Powder Coating finishes now come standard with a 7 year manufacturers warranty and in some cases can be procured with 15 – 25 year warranties. Powder Coating comes in many colours and can be cleaned very easily with a mild detergent in the same fashion as cleaning a car. Detergents with a wax additive such as car wash detergents can not only protect the painted surface but also help to keep the painted surface and glass cleaner for longer.
What is the standard height of Pool Fencing and is making the fence higher safer?
The Minimum height for any pool fence is 1200mm from any ground surface. Any horizontal surfaces or protrusions within a 1200mm (1.2 metres) radius from the top of the fence greater than 10mm (half the size of a 5 cent piece) can constitute a foot hold therefore requiring removal of the protrusion or additional height in the fence to compensate. Under normal circumstances increasing the height of the pool fence can increase the safety aspect of your pool fencing but in reality the standard was developed with a 5 year old child in mind and no matter what height the pool fence is, older children will get over the fence if they want to and pool safety education for older children would be a better option.
What is the standard height of a balustrade?
Minimum height as stated in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) is 1000mm (1.0 metres) from the finished floor level on the balcony, terrace or landing and 865mm (0.865 metres) from any stair nose. At Oxworks we utilise the latest in laser level technology to take all measurements and generally make all balustrading 1020 – 1050mm to guarantee compliance and ensure that you balustrading conforms with this standard.
Is it hard to keep the glass clean?
All products placed in an external environment require some form of cleaning & maintenance. Treating the glass with a wax such as those found in car wash detergents not only help keep your glass clean but also reduce the amount of times the glass needs to be cleaned. The glass can be cleaned with a bucket of hot soapy water (using a car wash detergent with a wax additive) and a soft bristled broom, hosed off and left to dry.