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Choosing the Right Spigot for Your Glass Pool Fence or Balustrade: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the Right Spigot for Your Glass Pool Fence or Balustrade: A Comprehensive Guide

The role of a spigot, also known as a glass fence support or glass panel holder, is to securely hold and position a toughened glass pool panel or balustrade panel without the need for additional frames or posts, which can obstruct your view. Both our premium 'Pro' and budget 'Value' ranges of square and round profile spigots, or glass fence supports, are manufactured from the highest-quality, marine grade 2205 stainless steel, polished to a mirror finish to deter deposits and requiring only minimal maintenance. Our prices include matching 316 stainless steel raised and flat spigot cover plates, also known as glass fence clamps or balustrade pins.

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Base mount spigots on a deck

Core drilled spigot on a balcony

Earthing Requirements

Electrical earthing within the ASNSZ3000 Standard is an issue to consider when using stainless steel spigots within 1250mm of water. The standard states that any metal object larger than 100mm in any dimension within 1250mm of water must be electrically earthed. This can be a difficult, time consuming, and expensive exercise. On new pools or builds, you would require an electrician to be involved, this could cost you between $1000-2000 to organise. If you have an existing house, it's almost impossible to do. 

An easier and more cost-effective way around electrical earthing is to use a range of spigots that require no earthing. Trade Glass Depot now offers multiple spigot options

We stock the Australian-made black plastic composite spigot. This spigot is designed and made locally in Brisbane, Australia. It is compliant for pool fencing only and is made from a composite plastic material, comes in a black, core drilled variant only with a ten-year warranty and is virtually maintenance free. 

The other alternative we now stock is a special powder coated spigot. The coating also removes the need for electrical earthing and is a stainless-steel spigot coated in colour options of Black, Silver and White. This premium version is available as either core drilled or base plated.

Which is better for installation, Base Mount or Core Drill?

If your glass panel project is on a concrete base, you will need to mount your glass using ‘core drill’ spigots. These spigots are fitted into the concrete by drilling a core hole for each one and setting it in place with a structural grout. We recommend Epirez cement-based instant grout which provides final mounting points just as strong as concrete with clean lines for a great look. ‘Base Mount’ spigots are typically used on timber decking and tiled fibre-cement flooring and fixed using the base-plate of the spigot and fixing hardware suitable to your application.

Base Mount spigots can be used on concrete if required, but TGD recommends the use of core drill spigots since drainage fall is harder to adjust for with Base Mount.

2205 stainless steel base mount spigots with 316SS domed covers

Which shape should you pick, Round or Square?

Before you choose between the highly polished, matt black, round or square profile spigot, keep the following in mind:

  • Do you want to match up to any existing spigots?
  • Does your surrounding area have round or square columns?
  • Are there any supporting posts or features?

Deck final fitment

Final clean up of a grout-secured core spigot

Why did we choose 2205 Stainless Steel as the material?

Trade Glass Depot specify 2205 stainless steel for our spigots because it even outperforms 316SS in strength and with regard to its corrosion resistance. Saltwater pitting and any corrosion caused by fatigue and stress in this application is also minimised. 2205 also has a lower thermal expansion rate and higher energy absorption compared to 316SS, making it the ideal stainless alloy for use as a spigot. These factors ensure our choice of materials will give you the quality needed for a safe and durable pool fence or balustrade.

Independently and Extensively Tested

All Trade Glass Depot spigots are independently tested here in Australia to Australian Standards. Trade Glass Depot’s range of glass panel spigots are engineered to satisfy all of the industry load and strength tests while able to withstand the elements and continue to look stylish year after year, no matter what environment they live in. In addition, TGD’s tight quality control on all of our products means that our spigots are material tested in our warehouse to positively identify Duplex 2205 Stainless Steel. This PMI testing ensures no manufacturing or stock error is possible and the correct specification is always installed.

The Differences in our Spigot Ranges

‘Pro’ Spigots

TGD’s top quality strongest spigots are the ‘Pro’ range spigots. Manufactured from Duplex 2205 stainless steel, Pro spigots not only pass the stringent NATA tests, but they exceed expected test results. ‘Pro’ spigots can be used in cyclone and high wind areas providing that extra assurance of dependability. Available in core-drill and base-mounted versions, ‘Pro’ spigots are highly polished to a mirror-finish and are supplied with a flat or raised dress plate in 316 stainless steel as required.

‘Value’ Spigots

Suitable for pool fencing only is our ‘Value’ spigots. They look and function no differently from the ‘Pro’ spigots but are cleverly engineered to pass the NATA tests with the reduced weight of the material and therefore less cost to the customer. Like the ‘Pro’ range, they are available in round or square profile, as a core-drill or base-mount unit and are highly polished from Duplex 2205 stainless steel. Also supplied with suitable dress plates in 316 stainless steel.

In-house testing of our systems

Whichever spigots you choose, you can be safe in the knowledge that TGD only supply the strongest and most corrosion resistant products which pass and exceed the strict engineering tests required to provide a safe and stylish way to support your glass barrier.

Every Spigot is batch tested in our Australian warehouse, ensuring the correct stainless steel has been used for all of our products. TGD has invested heavily in a portable testing system to positively identify material batches, which highlights our across-the-board commitment to Quality Control.

Check out our Glass Hardware range for more information on the right spigot for your situation.

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