We stock both Premium Compression Spigots and Friction Spigots at Absolute Glass. Wherever possible we steer our customers towards the premium spigots because they have superior performance in all conditions. However, in some instances, budget and other requirements mean that customers choose to go with a friction style spigot.
We can supply both styles to help you complete your glass pool fence project.
Below is a comparison of Premium Compression Spigots Vs Friction Spigots.
PREMIUM COMPRESSION SPIGOTS
- Premium Compression Spigots are stronger, they are machined from 4kg of solid 316 Marine Grade stainless steel.
- Premium Compression Spigots have a 10mm bolt that goes through a 20mm hole in the glass.
- When the 10mm bolt is tightened, it compresses the sides of the spigots onto the glass, gripping it so that it cannot come loose.
- The bolt through the glass anchors the glass to the spigot, which in turn is anchored to the surface to which it is fitted, tying everything together.
- Friction Spigots are cast stainless steel and weigh approximately 1.8kg.
- Friction Spigots do not anchor the glass in the same way as compression spigots. Rather than bolt through a hole in the glass, Friction Spigots use two grub screws to push against the glass and clamp the glass in. You cannot mechanically anchor the glass with a friction spigot.
- When the grub screws are tightened the friction spigots push the side of the spigot away from the glass when they push up against a friction plate.
- The friction plate wedges the glass and while they work well there is no mechanical anchor point. If these style of spigots are installed correctly then there should be no issues, however if they aren’t installed correctly there’s a chance the glass could come loose (particularly on hinge panels).
Only the best quality mirror polished 316 Marine Grade stainless steel spigots on the market.
Our spigots are engineered our for frameless glass pool fencing application.
Available in : In-ground, Core Drilled & Flanged.
Be wary of “too good to be true” pricing
Over the years we have seen many dodgy pool fences installed by either shonky tradies or sold to unsuspecting customers who believe they’re getting a good quality product.
Within month’s these cheaper imitations can start showing signs of weakness. The defects may vary.
The problems usually occur with either the finish or the securing of the glass panel.
The once shiny stainless finish may start breaking down, corroding and pitting in the harsh Australian sun without any hope of repair. These spigots are sometimes made of nickel plated steel which looks the part but fails to hold up. All of our spigots are made of solid stainless steel and guaranteed not to rust.
The cheaper friction models, which have an inferior clamping style, may see the glass starting to move and rattle, especially near high flex sections of the fence such as either side of the gate.
Whilst buyers usually have good intentions (who doesn’t love a bargain), we urge you to do your research prior to purchasing a pool fence.