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Glass Cleaning

When we install exterior glass we usually coat the glass with a nano sealer called DSS Reactive. The coating creates a covalent bond with the glass effectively making the glass smoother. The Titanium Dioxide coating will react with sunlight and break down hydrocarbons making the glass ‘Self Cleaning’.

There are occasions though when you will need to clean the glass and using the correct technique will avoid streaking and drying marks. 

Streaks will occur on glass if water containing minerals is allowed to dry on the surface. Varying amounts of mineral will be deposited on the glass leaving streaky marks. These will be particularly noticeable in direct sunlight.

We recommend using the following cleaning technique using professional cleaning tools that are available in your local hardware store or online.

Cleaning Water

Add a capful of window cleaning solution to a gallon of Distilled Water. 

We recommend Ettore Squeegee Off or Unger Glass Cleaner. Both of these products are available on line or from Home Depot or Lowes. Distilled water is available in most supermarkets.

Application

Using a microfiber T applicator apply the solution to the glass, rubbing to loosen dirt etc. You do not need much solution. It should not be running off the glass.

Removal

Using a small squeegee remove the soapy water from the glass using a fan motion. Try to keep the sweeter in contact with the glass at all times. Try not to go over a dry area with the blade. Bring all of the soap water down to one. side or the bottom.

Wipe Clean

Using a microfiber cloth wipe off any drops from the side and bottom.  

Middletown High School, NY

This project was completed towards the end of 2020 at Middletown High School, Middletown NY. The job involved attaching a glass and stainless steel railing to a 12″ high knee wall using Q-Railing face mounted posts. There were also several stainless steel stair balustrades and a continuous handrail along the sides of the access ramps.

The coronavirus caused several delays to the construction elements of the project which meant that our installation had to be completed in a timely fashion.

Q-Railing side mount posts were installed to tiled surface on the knee wall. This required strengthening the tile surface by adding anchoring cement and epoxy filler. A single 5/8″ bolt was epoxied into the wall using a Hilti Epoxy Cement. This supported the 1.9″ post and the glass 1/2″ tempered glass panels.

On the top of the glass a continuous stainless steel cap rail was installed. Mystic Stainless provided the welding and polishing services from their workshop and on site.

The stair handrails were fabricated by the Wagner Company and then modified by Mystic Stainless.

The continuous stainless steel handrail was fabricated on site using Q-Railing components.

Introducing Big Sky Glass Fence

After recently completing the US Glass Fence Training and Certification Program Ben Godfrey and Ben Bozorth have now established Big Sky Glass Fence based in Bozeman Montana covering the State and surrounding areas.

Beg Godfrey recently moved to the area and has a background in design, sales, marketing and distribution. Ben Bozorth is a Montana native with almost two decades of building experience. Meticulous and dedicated to his craft, Ben has worked in numerous areas of high end construction in the Gallatin Valley and surrounding areas.

The US Glass Fence range of frameless glass fences and railings provide almost invisible railing solutions for decks, patios and pools. US Glass Fence glass railings are constructed using  1/2″ thick tempered clear glass panels custom manufactured to your specific requirements. Tempered glass is over eight times the strength of regular glass and will provide years of maintenance free service. The glass panels are anchored into position using our patented marine grade stainless steel posts that have no visible screws or fasteners.

For more information contact Ben Godfrey on on 406 944 5277 to set up a consultation.

Glass Fencing On A Slope

Frameless glass fencing can be installed on sloped areas using glass panels  cut as parallelograms and drilling the stainless steel posts in vertically.

Installing onto sloped areas is very difficult to do but when done well it can look great. First of all we install a concrete beam at the finished grade level. The beam is made up of 6 foot sections.

We then measure the angle of the beam and calculate the size and shape of each panel.

The panels are cut to shape and a notch is cut out for the post.

Installation involves drilling vertical holes into the beam and installing the glass so that the sides are vertical.

Installing Frameless Glass Fence On A Beam

We normally install frameless glass fencing into a concrete or stone patio. This enables us to core drill into the surface and cement the posts into the ground. Sometimes it is desirable to install a fence into a lawn or landscape area. In this situation we need to construct a concrete beam. This is how we do it.

First of all we did a 12″ wide, 12″ deep trench.

Every 10′ we must did a hole down to below the frost love. Here in New England this is 42″ below the finished grade.

We then line the trench with 3″ of gravel to facilitate drainage.

Rebar is installed in the trench on either  side, not down the middle.

The trench and homes are then filled with regular concrete (3000 psi) to wishing 2″ of the top.

When dry, a cap stone (Bluestone or similar) is then cemented to the top of the beam to bring it up to the finished grade.

We can now drill the holes for the fence posts and install the glass fence.

For more information and construction drawing please contact mail@usglassfence.com.

The New Invisible Glass Fence

If you need a fence but don’t really want one.

Glass may be the option you have been looking for. It really is almost invisible.

There may be many circumstances where a fence is needed but undesirable. Lets say you have a stunning view from your pool or garden but have to have a fence to comply with the building code. Why install an ugly steel or wooden fence when you can install an invisible glass fence. Its strong, under stated, sophisticated and almost invisible.

Local pool regulations stipulate the every swimming pool is enclosed with a 48″ high fence. Traditionally, home owners would use metal, split rail or mesh fencing to comply with the code. These options are always ugly and they restrict your view into and out of the pool area. Glass is a great option. It looks great, conforms to the building code and maintains an uninterrupted view.

Invisible glass fences from US Glass Fence are made from 1/2″ tempered glass supported by small stainless steel posts set into your patio. There are no posts and no rails. The gates are self closing and soft closing.

For more information contact Robin Leigh on 860 307 9499.

Glass Fencing Makes Any Outdoor Environment Inviting

Check out these awesome photographs of glass fence installations. Check out views of different applications where our frameless glass fence and/or railing was designed and installed. Contact us at (844) 348 6977 for a complementary consultation or complete the contact form available here.

The Pros and Cons of Frameless Glass Fencing

Frameless glass fencing is one of the most versatile and attractive of all fencing systems. It can be used pretty much anywhere and is appropriate for almost all design styles. It is unobtrusive, sophisticated, understated and strong. But, like every building material it has it pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses. So what are they?

The Pros of Frameless Glass Fencing

Strength – Frameless glass fencing is made from 1/2” tempered glass which is cut to size and held in place using small stainless steel posts set in concrete. The glass is six times stronger than normal glass and is almost impossible to break.

Visibility – Glass fencing provides 100% visibility. When used in a swimming pool situation you will have an uninterrupted view both into the pool area and out of the pool area to the surrounding garden or views.

Clarity – Frameless glass fencing is the perfect way of fencing an area without interrupting your view.

Versatility – The tempered glass panels can be manufactured to almost any size and shape making at an extremely versatile fencing option.

Durability – Tempered glass and stainless steel are both very resistant to corrosion and wear. If installed properly they will last a lifetime with the minimum of maintenance.

Low Maintenance – A regular washing with soap and water is all that is needed to keep a frameless glass fence looking like new. Other fence types need regular painting, staining or even complete replacement over time.

Maximizes Your Space – Frameless glass fencing has the effect of enlarging you fenced area by integrating features that are inside the glass with things outside the fenced area. Good designers and architects can take advantage of this feature to give the impression of a more expansive garden.

The Cons of Frameless Glass Fencing

Expense –  Frameless glass fencing will cost two or three times more than most other types of fencing.

Scratches – Tempered glass will scratch if it is not maintained correctly. If you try to clean it with a scrubby pad or scouring powder it will scratch. Be sure to follow your installers maintenance instructions.

Invisibility – Frameless glass fence can be almost invisible in certain circumstances particularly to pets and wildlife. Fortunately the learning curve is very short.

Installation – Glass fencing is challenging to install and very unforgiving. The glass panels are made to order and cannot be modified during the installation process. It is also essential that the fence is straight, plumb and level which takes time and skill.

If you have and experiences with frameless glass fences that you would like to share with us please contact us on mail@USGlassFence.com or call on 860 307 9499.