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Double Glazing Is It Worth It?

Are you battling with sound issues, condensation in winter, or high heat in summer? Is your air conditioning running 24/7 in summer? In this article, I’m going to talk about a possible solution: double glazing. It’s not so common here in Melbourne, but in my hometown back in Southland, New Zealand, You would be crazy not to have it.

Double glazing involves bonding two glass panels together with a space between them. This space is then filled with argon gas and hermetically sealed. This is the only physical difference between double and single glazed glass, but when it comes to benefits, they’re worlds apart.

Benefits of Double Glazing

There are many benefits to double glazing:

1.Energy Efficiency: A lot of energy goes into heating and cooling devices; by acting as thermal barriers, double-glazed glass windows and doors help you save north of 20% of energy.

2. Temperature Control: The space between both panels is a thermal barrier between your house and the outdoors. Their nature makes them better insulators, and they’re better equipped to keep the temperature of your home steady. Their temperature control feature makes sure your home is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

3. Reduced Noise Levels: The insulating function of a double glazed glass isn’t limited to temperature control. The space between the two panels also acts as an acoustic control device, making them semi-soundproof. They help to limit neighbourhood noises, keeping them outside where they belong.

4. Reduced Condensation: Double-glazed windows and doors reduce the risk of condensation. Since the inner panel stays at room temperature, there is no cold glass to aid condensation.

Conclusion

Many customers often ask if they can install double glazing mainly to try and reduce noise after building a new home. Unfortunately, in Australia, A majority of the aluminium extrusions that are used by window manufacturers cannot be retrofitted with double glazing.

So, the decision to install double-glazed windows and doors has to be taken before your home is built and before you’ve confirmed the window types.

To learn more, download our free guide, or feel free to get in touch.


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Aluminium Window Fabricators vs. Glaziers: What Is the Difference?

Winter is almost here, and your outdoor pergola area that’s been in use all summer is starting to look like it could be an excellent fit for the cold months as well – if only there are a few ways you could utilise this space during the winter.

To achieve this, you may want to get quotes from glaziers or aluminium fabricators. Also, you might need help picking between an aluminium fabricator and a glazier.

In this article, I’m going to share tips that make the process of getting quotes easier and the difference between an aluminium fabricator and a glazier.

Quote Hacks

To get quick and accurate quotes from any company, it is essential to have the following:

  1. Know Exactly What You Want: Many people don’t have a clear idea of what they want at the time they call a construction company. This can lead to delays in getting the quote as the staff tries to find out exactly what you want, or a misquote, where they don’t get the picture clearly.
  2. Have Exact Measurements: In this business, size matters. The size of the products you need to inform their prices, so if you don’t have exact measurements, you can get a delayed quote or a wrong one.
  3. Know What Your Budget is: When you don’t have a figure in mind, it’s easy to get swayed by sweet talking construction staff. You end up saying yes to everything and get a quote you can’t afford. When you know your budget and state it up front, the staff is going to give suggestions based on your budget without any unnecessary delays.

Aluminium Fabricator or Glazier?

Now that you know how to get a quick and accurate quote, let’s move on to which of the two handymen you’ll need. This distinction goes back to having a clear picture of what you want.

An aluminium fabricator is best if you want opening windows and doors because they’re set up to complete this task. They’re used to making open-able and operational windows so that they will work perfectly with your outdoor pergola area.

A glazier, on the other hand, is the best option when you’ve already built your door and window frames and need some glass installed into the opening. This is the primary function of a glazier; supply and installation of glass. We can help you with that; we can cut the glass up and install it for you.

To learn more, download our free guide or feel free to get in touch. Also, if you think you need our services, don’t hesitate to call us.


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What You Need to Know About Shower Braces in Frameless Showers

If you’re considering some bathroom renovations or looking at bathroom styles for your new house, you may have come across frameless glass shower enclosures. You’d notice from the examples that there’s a 6mm brace panel that sits at the top of the shower, fixed between the side light and the return panel. In this article, I’m going to explain the benefits of using a brace, when they’re installed, and whether or not you need one.

The braces usually consist of 6 or 10mm toughened safety glass. They’re approximately 100mm wide, and run the full width of the shower. They’re siliconed on top of the sidelights, the wall, and the return panel if required.

Benefits of Shower Braces in Frameless Showers

Shower braces have numerous benefits including:

  1. Providing support to all the glass panels.
  2. Making your shower rigid, i.e., they keep the panels in place, so there’s no unstable movement.
  3. Reducing the risk of accidents.

When to Install

You can install the shower without the braces and add them later on if needed. However, for larger showers, it’s advisable to install them when the shower is installed.

Do You Need One?

In short If you’re getting a frameless shower and you don’t want any movement in the glass panes, then yes you do. The braces provide much-needed support to restrict movement of the glass panels.

Alternatives to Shower Braces

Another common method is to use a glass corner shelf that doubles as a glass brace. You can install this into the corner of the shower, where it’s glued along the tiled wall, and against the return panel, thus disguised as a glass shelf rather than a brace.

These aren’t as effective as the full gusset panel that runs a full width, and it really depends on the depth of that return panel, in determining how effective they are, but this is also another great option.

For more information, feel free to download our free guide, or get in touch.

Types of Window Glass – What’s Installed in My Window?

When a window needs replacement, the first point of call is to figure out what type of glass was previously installed and what type of window glass the replacement should be. Knowing this will make it easier to make inquiries and get accurate quotes. In this article, I’m going to explain the difference between glass types, and how you can identify them from the different break patterns.

Types of Glass

When thinking about glass types, there are three different types that you need to consider.

1. Float Glass

Float glass, or annealed glass, as it’s otherwise called, is just your standard glass. This is the glass that’s installed in any of your aluminium sliding windows or timber double hung windows.

This glass is put onto the truck, and cut on site by the glazier; very easy to install, and very easy to identify. When this glass breaks, it breaks into standard shards that go everywhere. It breaks like regular glass.

2. Laminated Safety Glass

Laminated safety glass is the same as the safety glass that’s in the windscreen of your car. It’s simply two pieces of glass bonded onto a plastic interlayer.

The purpose of the interlayer is to hold the glass together when it breaks. It’s easy to identify this glass type, as it usually cracks off in big spider web pattern, but you won’t see any shards of glass and the glass won’t fall out.

3. Toughened Safety Glass

When toughened glass breaks, it explodes into a million tiny fragments, and it does this because the glass is held under immense tension.

It does this instead of cracking off into shards, so it doesn’t cut you when it breaks. It’s important to know that toughened safety glass is approximately seven times stronger than float glass of the same thickness. It’s great for thermal resistance and impact resistance.

You should note that once this glass is made, it can’t be changed or altered. It can’t be cut, or drilled, or processed. Once that panel is made, nothing else can happen to it. If that panel is wrong, we throw it in the skip and start again.

We’ve considered three glass types today; Float Glass, Laminated Safety Glass, and Toughened Safety Glass. Hopefully, the information here helps when you’re inquiring about a replacement window. You can quickly identify what glass has been installed, and make sure your inquiry process is smooth and simple.

To learn more, download our free guide, or feel free to get in touch.


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Glass Lead Times Explained

Many customers are often shocked to hear about the lead time on glass replacement orders. They don’t understand why the replacement glass takes so long to reach them or the point of lead times on glass. That’s what this article aims to inform you about.

Let’s say, for instance, you’ve recently broken an aluminum sliding door, and there is glass everywhere.

You’ve taken the dimensions, you’ve rung up your local glazier, and they have explained that there’s a five to seven-day lead time on that toughened safety glass.

This leaves you in a pickle. What do you do as regards safety in the meantime? How do you secure your property? And why does glass have a lead time?

In this article, I’m going to explain to you why a reputable glass and glazing company, would require these lead times to order your glass.

Before we delve fully into lead times, it is important to note that several different combinations of glass go into a residential home and it is impossible for glass companies to stock every single type.

Also, some kinds of glass need to be made to order, so glass companies have to wait till there’s an order for that type then place an order with their supplier.

So, if the aluminum window in your laundry or your rear sliding door breaks and the glass explodes and goes everywhere, the explosion is an indication of the need for a toughened safety glass. We don’t have a toughening plant here at Economy Glass, so we need to order that panel from our supplier exactly to size.

It is also essential to note that once toughened safety glass has been made, it can’t be changed, altered, or adjusted. So, it’s not something that can be stocked up; it has to be made to order.

Different types of glass have different lead times. Lead times can vary from five days to two weeks or more.

Glass lead times are influenced by the type of glass, the size and location of the glass (these inform the type of glass to be used and whether or not the glass would be tempered), the colour of the glass, and when you place the order (some times are busier than others).

While waiting out your glass lead time, you can contact us at Economy Glass to put in temporary safety measures.


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EnduroShield Easy Clean Glass Coating

Are you tired of your shower screen looking dirty no matter how much effort and cleaning materials you put into getting it clean? If you are, we have a glass coating product that can help you out. Our product is called EnduroShield, and in this article, I’m going to tell you about its high-performance coating work, how you can cut your cleaning time in half, and reduce elbow grease exponentially.

Daily, we get queries on how to clean glass properly and what products to use; our answer is always the same. We use a basic glass coating that we’ve been using for years over because many tests found it to be the best product.

So what’s our ticket to the easy life and keeping your glass clean? ENDUROSHIELD.

Enduroshield is a High performance Nanocoating protective layer that we apply to the glass surface.

Once the EnduroShield glass coating has been applied to the glass, it is incredibly easy to clean. It is not a never-clean product, it just makes cleaning much easier than it is without it.

EnduroShield is an easy clean coating for glass that repels dirt and grime, this means that once the coating is put on a glass surface, it makes it 10x easier to clean and reduces cleaning time by 90%.

All you need to clean a glass surface protected by EnduroShield is a hot, soapy sponge, some fresh water, and a squeegee, and your glass will stay good as new for at least 10 years. All it costs is a couple hundred dollars to get 10 years’ worth of protection for your shower screen, now this is a deal you shouldn’t pass up.

I’ve focused on shower screens in this article, but EnduroShield can be used for a wide range of glass, ceramic, porcelain tile, grout, stainless steel, and chrome surfaces. If you think you’ll need it for your next glass project, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Custom Glass Splashback Installations: All You Need to Know

In this blog, I share with you all you need to know about installing custom splashbacks in your home.

Accuracy Should Never Be Compromised

One of the most important things to know when ordering your next custom glass splashback is that; accuracy is everything. With these glass products, if a measurement is wrong, the glass is simply condemned and unusable, and the glazing process will need to start all over.

This is why it is a must to use a reputable glass company when ordering your next custom glass splashback. When you use a reputable professional, you realise that they take all of the important things into consideration.

Things like edge tolerance, cutouts, and even joins in the glass, all these factors will be put into consideration to ensure that everything lines up with your cabinetry correctly. This extra attention also assures that the aesthetic integrity of the likes of your kitchen or bathroom is kept intact during the installation process.

Be Adequately Guided on Glass Patterns, Colours, Maximum Length, and Other Effects

It is also important to note that any glass and glazing professional should be able to give you the most sound, well-informed advice on glass colours, patterns, or the different effects that you should consider for your space.

A common question that we get asked regarding custom glass splashbacks is; the maximum length that we can go. A large number of our customers want a splashback that is free of glass joins, and rightfully so. The maximum length that we can go in one panel is 3.6 meters.

If your kitchen exceeds that 3.6 metres, that means the glass splashback will need to have joins, and you can rest easy on this, as our expertise and experience come into play here. Simply give us a call, and we would be on our way to you, and then we would find the most minimalist point to put those joins and make them dissolve into your cabinetry.

Most of the cutouts and notches in everyday splashbacks are not too much of a problem that our company can’t replicate. Although there are limitations and restrictions, there are usually workarounds for a lot of these.

Things like general power outlets or power points are easily able to be produced into the glass. Also, things like notches around cabinets are also very achievable. We do have some limitations regarding the minimum radius in the glass. It is impossible for us to cut glass at a right angle, so, in the internal corner, we need to place a small radius to ensure that the glass holds its strength and does not randomly explode over time.

Cleaning Your Custom Glass Splashback

Cleaning your new custom glass splashback is really easy. You just need to treat it like any standard piece of glass and clean it often with your usual household glass cleaner.

For more information, feel free to download our free guide, or you can get in touch with us.

Home Glass Replacement Services: Answers to Common Questions

In this article, I answer the most common questions relating to glass replacement services in your home.

What is the Most Feasible Lead Time?

The most common questions about glass replacement services in your home are usually based around lead times. When people break windows, they think it is of the utmost importance, and it is really urgent that they need to get that window replaced as soon as possible.

Now, as with a lot of glass products, we have stock glass in our factory, and we can cut fresh glass on the side of the truck and then replace the damaged one almost immediately.

But, when it comes to toughened safety glass or those odd items that we do not stock, we would need to order it. Sometimes, we have lead times of seven to ten days.

It is always quicker, so long as it is possible, that you can bring that frame into our workshop. If it is standard glass, we can repair the panel straight away.

What Kind of Information is Needed to Ensure Smooth Service?

One more important thing to take note of is that a lot of people come to us, requesting our services, without having the correct information, to begin with. This limited information makes it very difficult to quote your job. If you are reaching out to a glass replacement service, please ensure you include some helpful photos and some accurate measurements of the window or door that you need to be repaired. This helps us to have more of an idea of the work, and quote you quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.

How Important is Clear Communication Between You and Your Glazier?

Over the years, we have done a fair amount of research on what a homeowner expects when a glazier comes into their home. First and foremost, they want you to be on time. They need to arrive when they say they will, and also keep you informed. Clear communication is of absolute importance here.

What Should You Expect Your Glazier to Be Like?

The glazier should be well dressed; they must be clean and tidy, and also provide homeowners with great and impressive knowledge and advice so that the homeowners can ensure that they have got the best product that should be installed in their windows, to ensure maximum security and safety.

In a Nutshell

The process for organising a glass and glazing replacement in your home is very easy with Economy Glass if you have the right information at hand. You have multiple options; you can pick up the phone and call us, reach us via email, or on one of our web forums; or you can even jump on our website and chat to somebody directly using our web chat feature.

Please, make sure that before you contact us, you have clear photos of the window or door that needs to be repaired. Also, ensure to have very accurate measurements before reaching out to us. This is an important thing to do as it allows us give you as accurate a quote as possible, avoiding any discrepancies during the progression of the job.

For more information, you can download our free guide or get in touch with us.

All You Need To Know About Glass Replacement for Schools

Glass replacement services for schools is very important for our business. In this blog, I am going to discuss everything you and your school need to know about glass replacements in the Western Suburbs.

Timing

First and foremost, one of the major things that your school needs to consider when working with a local glass and glazing expert is timing. It is of the utmost urgency to get the glass replaced as soon as possible after a school window breaks.

Ensure Regulatory Compliance

Secondly, you will need to think about compliance and make sure that the business you choose to work with has all the appropriate documentation and insurances to undertake work on your school premises.

Ensure Adequate Knowledgeability

The third thing to look out for in your local glass service expert is knowledge. The glass company needs to be able to provide you with enough knowledge that can help you minimise glass breakages in the future.

Strict Adherence to Laid Down Policies and Acts

Any contractor or glass and glazing company that works at your school needs to adhere to the appropriate policies and acts. The first policy is health and safety. Staying safe and healthy should be front and centre on the list of priorities.

This entails that you should have a professional company that is fully aware of the risks involved with the work that they are taking on and completing. Also, the glazing company staff should all have Working with Children and all other relevant police checks. This is very important because these guys will be working in your school with your children and students. Do not for any reason underestimate that.

Then there’s the matter of insurance. Ensure that all of their work is fully insured and that they are completely compliant. You’ll also need to ensure that your glass services expert adheres to the relevant glass and glazing standards or building standards associated with the work that they are going to undertake.

All in All

At Economy Glass, we believe that we are the leader in glass replacement services for schools in the Western Suburbs, and here are a few reasons why.

Firstly, we work swiftly to repair your broken windows as soon as is possible. We also prioritise school jobs over everything else in our company.

Secondly, we make sure that we adhere to all the standards and the compliance checks that we need to undertake work at your schools. Things like insurance, and others like working with children and police checks. Any policy at all that you need, our guys have it.

And the third reason is our knowledge. We ensure that we provide our clientele with the right advice at the right time.

Thank you for reading. I hope this has helped. For more information, please feel free to download our free guide or reach out to us.

Advantages of Installing a Mirror Glass Splashback

Have you ever really given thought to having a mirror glass splashback installed in your home? In this article, we are going to give you all the basic knowledge you need to have before installing your next mirror glass splashback in your home. Keep reading for more information.

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The Uniqueness of Mirror Glass Splashbacks

Mirror glass splashbacks are taking the design world by storm right now because they are so compatible with almost every internal finishing and fixture.

Mirror glass splashbacks are so versatile in that they blend in perfectly with the design of contemporary or traditional homes. They work well with a blend of different colours, different styles, and furnishings.

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Some Advantages of Installing Mirror Glass Splashbacks

Here are some of the advantages of installing a mirror glass splashback:

    • Mirror glass splashbacks are a preferred choice for people who want plenty of natural lighting
    • They are perfect for magnifying views
    • They blend with different styles and internal finishes to really make the design work.
  • They go well with kitchen stainless steel appliances and blend in to create a very lovely final effect.

If you need an experienced hand with a complex glass project, feel free to reach out to our customer-friendly team. We are always here to serve you.

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