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Glass Fencing Finishes

Glass Fencing Finishes

As glass fencing comes in different materials it is also available with different finishes for both the glass and the support aluminum or stainless steel elements.

The glass predominately used is clear glass however in certain situations where more privacy is required from your fence a type of frosted or obscure glass is used. Also many people prefer to use a grey or bronze tinted glass in their fencing.

The aluminium components are most commonly provided with either a powder coated or anodised finish.

Powder Coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”. It is used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Whilst it cannot be mixed like conventional paint, it is available in many colours with most providers offering in excess of 50 colours to choose from.

The warranty on powder coating varies depending on your supplier and location. It is important to check with as to the terms and conditions of the warranty as some can appear comprehensive in time yet only warranty part of the product.

Anodising is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. The process is called “anodizing” because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodised aluminium surfaces are harder than aluminium but have a low to moderate wear resistance that can be improved with increasing thickness.

Stainless Steel comes in a variety of grades and finishes. The best option for glass fencing is 316 marine grade stainless steel with a mirror finish. This is the best finish to reduce the impact of “tea staining” of the stainless steel.