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What’s so Special about Tempered Glass?

Glass can come in many forms, each suited to a particular application. The four most common types of glass are annealed, heat strengthened, tempered and laminated glass. Glass balustrade systems utilise tempered glass, as it is incredibly durable and safe for use in areas utilised by children and pets – such as the poolside! As the popularity of glass balustrades in Australia continues to grow, it’s little wonder why some of the nations leading architects and designers are specifying high quality tempered glass for their installations, along with countless savvy property owners. In this blog post, we will be sharing the reasons why we use tempered glass for our award winning balustrade systems. 

What is Tempered Glass? 

Whilst you may have heard of tempered glass in passing, few people understand what exactly this process involves. Tempering glass is an involved process whereby glass is heated to a high temperature of around 650 degrees celcius, followed by rapid cooling. This results in a strong, durable and resilient frame of glass which means your new glass balustrade system will be highly resistant to impact and thermal stress. This is particularly beneficial in Australia, where families spend a lot of time in and around the pool and weather conditions can be unpredictable.  

Tempered glass is up to five times stronger than regular annealed or laminated glass, and it is offered in a range of sizes and thicknesses. At Railsafe, we put safety first and will advise you of the most appropriate glass type for your installation.  

Why is it Superior to other materials? 

Normal glass is susceptible to breakage, which results in sharp shards of glass spreading around the immediate area. It can take a great deal of effort to clean up every little piece, and invariably there are always shards left behind. No one wants to experience a trip to the emergency room after a fun summer afternoon of swimming and socialising with friends and family, which is why quality pool and deck balustrades are made from tempered glass. This type of glass is less likely to break, but in the event that it does, it will shatter into small, round pieces which are easier to clean up and much less likely to cause injury.  

Additionally, tempered glass is a superior choice to other types of balustrades such as wood or metal as it has very low ongoing maintenance. All you need to do is give your glass panels a wipe down with a damp cloth every couple of weeks, and they will stay looking sparkly clean all year round.  

Finally, tempered glass is ideal for a wide range of installations across residential and commercial sectors. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and it can be cut to suit varying design requirements and preferences. This versatility makes it a leading choice for backyards and commercial premises all around Australia. 

Simply put, if you’re looking to get the best value for money and place a high priority on safety and durability, tempered glass balustrades are the way to go.  

Summary of benefits:  

  • Highly durability coupled with strong thermal resistance 
  • Safe for residential and commercial installations 
  • In the event of breakage only small, round shards will be left behind 
  • Minimal maintenance 
  • Add high-end appeal to your property 

Upgrade your Outdoor Lifestyle with Railsafe – Contact Us Today 

Thinking of installing a frameless glass balustrade at home or at the office? Rest assured that you’ve made a sensible (and safe) choice. Railsafe would welcome the opportunity to provide an obligation free quote for one of our award winning balustrade systems. 

Enhance your property and transform your lifestyle for the better, contact us today to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to assisting you.  

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