With the rise in popularity of things like glass pool fencing and glass balustrades, it’s becoming more and more important to think carefully about the types of glass that we’re using to build things. There are safety standards surrounding the use of glass as a building material in Australia, but these aren’t always followed.
However, in the interest of safety, you should always do your best to make sure that you’re following the relevant rules when it comes to pool fencing, otherwise you will be putting you and your family at risk.
One of the most important rules in the Australian Standard states that only safety glass can be used for building purposes – including for pool fences and balustrades. With this in mind, let’s have a quick look at what safety glass is and why it’s so important to use it:
What is safety glass?
Safety glass is any form of glass that has been made stronger in some way so that it can endure tougher environmental conditions. The laws about exactly what sort of safety glass you can use to build a pool fence vary between states, so it’s important to read the relevant laws and regulations.
The most common type of safety glass for use in pool fences is toughened (tempered) glass. This glass is extremely strong, and can withstand any forces and impacts it could receive during normal residential life.