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October 29, 2020

What can I get for my windows and doors?

When planning a build or renovation, its vital to think about the implications today’s climate can have on comfort for those who are going to live there. There are many different types of glass to suit the different needs that can arise. There are options to suit higher noise density areas, wet areas and of course when privacy is important.

What should I consider before making a decision?

Before you order your products, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my budget?
  • Am I after a particular tint of glass?
  • Am I in a high density area for noise?
  • Do I need glass to optimize heat transmission?
  • Is privacy a big concern?

Float Glass

Float (or annealed float glass) is the most common method of manufacturing flat glass. It is the most economical option when choosing glass and is available in a variety of colours and thicknesses. When float breaks it will shatter into large, sharp pieces.

Pros

  • Most cost effective option
  • Available in a range of colours (Clear, Grey, Dark Grey, Green)

Cons

  • Shatters into large, sharp pieces
  • Not considered safety glass

 Learn more about Float Glass

Toughened Glass

Toughened glass is created by heating standard float glass in a furnace to extreme temperatures and then rapidly cooling it. This process produces a super strong glass, that is up to 5 times stronger with greater heat resistance. When it breaks it will shatter into small, granular pieces.

Pros

  • Safety Glass
  • Available in a range of colours (Clear, Grey, Dark Grey, Green)
  • 5x Stronger than Float
  • When it breaks it shatters into smaller pieces

Cons

  • More expensive than float

Learn more about Toughened Glass

Laminated Glass

Laminated Glass is a Grade A safety glass made by laminating two or more sheets of glass with a plastic based interlayer in between them. This type of glass helps protect carpets, curtains and furniture by blocking out 99% of UV light. They are effective in reducing noise and when it breaks it will remain intact in the opening.

Pros

  • Grade A Safety Glass
  • Effective in Noise reduction
  • Stays intact when it breaks
  • Helps protect carpets, curtains and furniture by blocking 99% UV light

Cons

  • More expensive that Float and Toughened
  • Heavier than single pieces of glass

Learn more about Laminated Glass

Obscure Glass

Obscure glass provides increased levels of privacy and glare reduction. Obscure glass options are available for float, toughened and laminated glass.

Pros

  • Provides a level of privacy
  • Increases glare reduction
  • Available in Float, Toughened Laminated Glass

Cons

  • Trading off of view for privacy

Learn more about Obscure Glass

Still can’t decide which Glass is the best for your project?

If you still can’t decide which glass suits and need some more assistance Contact Us at C-View Windows or even drop into our Burleigh Heads showroom to all of these options on display.

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