Types of Glass of Double Glazed Units
Normal everyday glass. Glass is manufactured by melting sand, soda ash, dolomite and limestone together and produces a continuous glass up to 3660mm wide. This flows from the furnace and "floats" over a bed of molten tin. It is then carefully cooled to anneal the glass - a process which modifies the internal stresses enabling it to be cut and which maximises its potential mechanical resistance. The float glass process is renowned for flatness and optical clarity. It is available in clear, tinted, toughened and Low E coated.
2 pieces of glass bonded together by a plastic or resin interlayer. Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together when shatterd. In the event of breaking, it is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between its two or more layers of glass. The interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces. This produces a characteristic "spider web" cracking pattern when the impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass. This important breakage characteristic significantly reduces the likeihood of serious injury, qualifying laminated glass as a Grade a Safety Glass in accordance with Australian Standards.
Absorbs 99% ultraviolet (uv) rays thereby helps protect your furnishings against fading. Noise Control the layer in the middle of the two pieces of glass dampens sound - great to block out traffic, dogs, aircraft, trains etc.
Increase security it's more difficult to penetrate due to it's strength. When subjected to human or other impact, the bond between the glass and interlayer adheres any brocken fragments keepoing the galss intact and resisting penetration.
Toughened or tempered glass is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering creates balanced internal stresses which cause the glass, when broken, to crumble into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards. The granular chunks are less likely to cause injury. Fully toughened glass is four to five times stronger than ordinary glass and used in areas a specified by AS Safety Standards.
There are many types of window tint available in the market for a wide variety of uses from solar heat reduction to UV protection, privacy to safety and security, decorative applications to heat retention.
Tinted glass can be toughened, laminated or incorporated into an insuating glass unit. Under certian light conditions a smnall degree of haze may be apparent. Low E (low emissivity). Low E increases the insulating effect, heat loss = energy saver. At manufacturing a process is applied to enhance the insulating when made into a double glazed unit. Low E glass stands for low emissivity glass. This glass varies from normal clear glass in that one side of the glass has a special metal coating, technically known as a low emissivity, or Low E Coating.
Low E glass is a type of insulating glass, which increases the energy efficiency of windows by reducing the transfer of heat or cold through glass. That means in the winter your house stays warmer and in the summer it stays cooler. As energy saving will become more and more important in our daily lives, implementing Low E glass in our houses will soon be a standard we all have to comply to.
Argon Filled Units
Argon Gas is an inert gas. It is not harmful. The argon is sealed within the unit at the time of manufacture and this increases the insulated properties of the unit. Argon gas is denser than air and acts as a greater barrier to heat loss and heat absorption in the home with a thermal performance increase of up to 15%. We offer the best possible price and installation service within Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne whether you are a homeowner, builder, tradesman or renovator.
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