Why Your Glass Railing Should Be Heat Soaked

Why Your Glass Railing Should Be Heat Soaked

Here at Invisirail, our glass undergoes several stages before we consider it ready to be used in our railing system. This post talks about a very important step called heat soaking.

When glass is made, manufacturers try to ensure the glass is as pure as possible. However, sometimes a few contaminants go undetected, even after the glass is tempered (a heating process designed to strengthen it). Nickel-based specks from raw glass or rollers lead to impurities that are so small, they can’t be seen by the human eye. These tiny particles are called Nickel-Sulfide Inclusions. We want to find panels with these imperfections, because they have a higher risk of shattering in the field (usually during or after installation) when weather conditions heat or cool the glass.

To find these pieces, we place our glass in a 265˚C oven for 6 hours. This soaking of the glass at high heat causes the inclusions to change shape, shattering the panel. When we are done, any panel still intact is ready for use in our railing system. Our heat soaking machine can handle 2800 kg (for reference, that’s 72 of our 10mm D panels, or almost 375 linear feet of glass!). This lets us treat each and every panel, and the process is 99.99% effective at removing inclusions. This means our glass is some of the purest available. 

Not all railing merchants use heat soaking to improve their product. Ontario building code only requires it when the system has no top rail. But even so, there is no North American standard for heat soaking. To maintain quality, we use a European standard, requiring specialists from Spain to personally certify our oven on site. This extra step guarantees that all our customers receive the safest possible product. The combination of tempering and heat-soaking is also used in the creation of glass for other demanding applications, like passenger vehicle windows, cellphone screens, and bulletproof glass. We also use it on our shower door glass, even though it is not required. These extra measures make sure our customers get both safety and style.

3 Ways to Get Ready for Outdoor Entertaining

Three ways to get ready for outdoor entertaining

Your outdoor space whether it be porch, balcony or yard is an extension of your living space. More and more people are treating these areas in the same manner as your indoor space. It’s important that this be maintained just as you would your indoor space.

1. Organize

Ensure that all your garden tools, brooms and pails are organized and put in their place. All of your outdoor furniture should be given a good inspection.

2. Deep Clean

When it comes to your glass railing you really don’t need to clean it any more than you would your home or cottage windows. It’s a huge misconception that glass railings are high maintenance when in fact they are not. When cleaning your outdoor deck or patio a pressure washer is your best friend. The pressure washer gets all the moss, leaves and guck off your floor that a regular water hose or broom can’t do. The pressure washer will also get your outdoor furniture and tables clean.

3. Love is in the details

Now that your outdoor space is clean this is the time to set up your space for good conversation, gathering, eating and enjoying the outdoors. The beverage tray with all your favourite drinks on it, the lanterns with the soft lighting in the evening and warm pillows on the chairs all add to the cozy comfortable feel of the space. Let’s face it, you want your guests to enjoy the space and not want to get up. Make sure there isn’t any water sitting idle for mosquitos to migrate and citronella candles certainly do the trick.