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About Glass

About Glass

Glass technology has come such a long way, it’s given us the freedom to create beautiful, light filled living spaces that are more comfortable and energy efficient.

Windows are a fundamental and uniquely powerful design element of a home. More than any other component, windows set the tone of your home by providing views, ventilation, daylight and a sense of spaciousness. They also have a critical role in your home’s comfort and energy consumption. Choosing the right glass makes a difference.

At Allglass Wagga, we provide a variety of different glass solutions which can improve the overall appearance and comfort of your home and assist in the performance of energy efficiency when used in window and door applications.

The following chart may help you in your selection of glass.

 

Glass Type

Sound Insulation

Heat Insulation

Light

Safety

Float

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Tinted

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Laminated

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Low E Coated

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Low E Coated Laminated

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Low E Coated Toughened

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Toughened

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Double Glazed Float

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Double Glazed Toughened

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Double Glazed Toughened Low E Coated

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Note: The number of squares is an indication of effectiveness. Four squares do not necessarily mean twice as effective as two squares.

Generally speaking, the higher the performance of the glass, the greater the cost. These do however vary from time to time depending on size and the style of window or door housing the glass. For a more detailed indication of thecosts involved please contact us on 02 6931 4477, or visit our showroom at 133 Fernleigh Rd, Wagga Wagga.

Float Glass

Clear Float Glass is a high quality, visually colourless and distortion free flat surface and is commonly used in general window glazing. It provides high light transmission (daylight) and clarity. Clear Float glass is the core base product for most of our glass products and is commonly used in general window glazing and furniture. When broken, it tends to break into large shards and is not recommended in applications where safety is a concern.

Float glass is the starting material that is turned into more advanced products through further processing such as tinting, laminating, toughening, coating and double glazing. It is available in clear, toned, high performance toned, ultra clear low iron glass and Low E coated.

Low Iron Float Glass is an ultra-clear float glass and is manufactured in the same manner as ordinary float glass with a large percentage (approximately 90%) of the iron content removed. This process lessens the green tinge evident in normal standard float glass. This difference can predominately be seen when viewing the glass on its edge, when many panels are stacked together or when coated on one side in light colours. We recommend the use of low iron float glass in splash back applications where a specific ‘true’ colour is trying to be achieved.

 

Tinted Glass

Tinted Float Glass is produced by adding metal oxides during the manufacturing of clear float glass. Tinted glass absorbs and re-radiates solar energy reducing heat and also reduces sun glare.  Tinted float glass is the first, cost effective stage of climate control.

Tinted Float is available in a variety of colours the most commonly used colours being grey, green, bronze & blue. Many of these colours are now available in a range of depth of colour (light to dark) and in High Performance options.

 

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is made of two or more layers of glass with one or more "interlayers" of polymeric material bonded between the glass layers. Laminated glass offers many advantages including noise reduction, safety and security. On impact laminated glass is held together by the interlayer, reducing the safety hazard associated with shattered glass fragments, as well as, to some degree, the security risks associated with easy penetration.

Laminated glass is used extensively in building and housing products and in the automotive and transport industries. Most building facades and most car windscreens, for example, are made with laminated glass, usually with other technologies also incorporated. The use of laminated glass can also be incorporated into double glazed units and Low E coated products.

 

Toughened Glass

Whenever the benefits of ordinary glass need to be combined with extra strength, safety or heat resistance, toughened glass offers a complete and proven solution. Toughened glass is treated to be far more resistant to breakage than simple float glass, providing a major safety advantage in almost all of its applications.

Toughened glass is made from annealed or float glass treated with a thermal tempering process. A sheet of annealed glass is heated to above its "annealing point" of 600 °C; its surfaces are then rapidly cooled while the inner portion of the glass remains hotter. The different cooling rates between the surface and the inside of the glass produces different physical properties, giving toughened glass four to five times more strength than ordinary glass of the same thickness, combined with much greater resistance to impact. In the unlikely event of breakage, the glass forms small granules. Toughened glass cannot be cut or edgework processed after manufacture.

 

Low E Glass

The “E” in Low E stands for emissivity. Emissivity is the ability of a material to radiate energy. When heat or light energy from the sun is absorbed by glass it is either shifted away by air movement or re-radiated by the glass surface.

Low E glass is created by adding a pyrolytic coating that is fused to the glass at extremely high temperature when the glass is being made, producing a durable hard transparent coating on one surface of the glass. Unlike ordinary float glass, the Low E coating provides better insulation and enhanced solar control to help keep a building warmer in winter and cooler in summer, while still providing good natural daylighting. Low E glass can be combined with additional glass technologies to improve overall energy efficiency performance.

Learn more about Energy Efficient Glass

 

Double Glazing

Double glazing is the combination of a multiple glass panes into a single window system. Most insulated glass units (IGUs) are double glazed comprising of two panes of glass are separated by a spacer and a still layer of air or gas. The glass is then fitted into window frames, which is made wider to accommodate the two panes. Most glass types can be fitted into an IGU, with higher performance glass adding to the overall window performance.

Double glazed windows are an ideal energy efficient choice with the added benefit of minimising noise. The sealed air gap between the two panes acts as an added layer of insulation. This added thermal resistance reduces the amount of heat escaping in winter and keeps your home at a more comfortable temperature. Double glazing has the reverse effect in summer, preventing unwanted heat from coming into the home, ultimately making your home more comfortable all year round. This extra insulation lessens your reliance on artificial heaters and air conditioners and can ultimately reduce your energy costs.

Learn more about Energy Efficient Glass

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