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How Glass is Made

Glass is one of the most widely used materials in the world, and it is favoured for its high strength, versatility, transparency and aesthetic appeal. Many of Sydney’s most famous buildings incorporate glass extensively throughout their design, featuring in everything from windows through to elaborate architectural displays. The glass making process is highly involved, and humans have been making it since 3,500 BC. Over the years, glass making processes have been refined to produce the robust glass which is used in modern balustrade systems. In this blog post Railsafe will be sharing some insight into how glass is made and why it’s ideal for residential and commercial balustrades in Sydney.

The Production Process

Glass is a human creation, but it begins as raw sand. Using high heat (around 2000 degrees C) the sand is quickly altered from its raw form into a clear, liquid state. Due to the high silicon dioxide (SiO2) composition of sand, glass makers are able to create high quality clear glass. It is important to note that glass is neither a liquid or a solid, instead it is an amorphous solid. This means that it sits somewhere in-between the two aforementioned states. Whilst the production process to create glass is simple and straightforward, creating modern glass for use in windows, balustrades, lightbulbs and pool fencing is a much more involved, scientifically informed process as this glass must be aesthetically appealing and robust.

How Modern Glass is Made

Whilst the initial process also involves melting the sand, modern glass requires carbonates and chemical additives to be introduced. Some of the most common additives include soda ash, dolomite, limestone and salt cake. This is done to reduce the melting point of the sand and improve the strength of the finished glass.

Using additives during the molten stage can achieve the following outcomes:

  • Different colours of glass
  • Different strengths
  • Various glass thicknesses
  • Specially designed glass for specific applications

As glass balustrades and pool fencing are first and foremost a safety feature, it is crucial that the glass is strong. Using special rapid cooling equipment on the molten glass causes bonds to tighten, which results in increased strength. Railsafe use high quality toughened glass for all Sydney glass pool fencing and glass balustrade installations. Toughened glass is extremely difficult to break, but in the event that it does, it will crumble rather than shatter.

All glass panels are cut by machines to suit the application, resulting in a precise fit and professional finish.

The Benefits of Glass

The glass making process is clearly involved and complex, but thanks to intricate machinery and experienced technicians, great outcomes can be achieved. Many Sydney homeowners and property managers are discovering the benefits a glass balustrade can provide. Here’s a few reasons to consider installing a glass balustrade or pool fence in your home today.

  • Enjoy an uninterrupted view through crystal clear glass panels
  • Enjoy contemporary styling and elegant ambience
  • Enhance the sense of space
  • Allow light to pass through and encourage plant growth
  • Easy maintenance
  • Add value to your home

Transform Your Home – Get a Quote from Railsafe Today

Railsafe are one of Sydney’s leading providers of glass balustrades and pool fencing. Time to refresh your balustrades, improve safety and add value to your home? Contact our friendly team on 9905 8773 today, or email sales@railsafe.com.au to obtain an obligation free quote.

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