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Day in a life of a Glazier

Inglass repair melbourne our daily lives, we come across glass work everywhere we go from offices to shopping centers to homes, and even when we choose to stay indoors we cannot avoid coming across it or using it. It however does have to be handled with great care as a small mis-handling can have severe consequences to the extent of one being handicapped or bed ridden; especially with small children where parents need to be even more careful from handling glass.
Glass has unique properties which allows it to be moulded in any form or shape. As you can appreciate it is omnipresent starting from your house where we have windows, doors, shower doors, mirrors, tabletops, glass utensils, to your office and places you would frequent for example shopping centers, schools and community centre, store fronts, display cases in malls, skylights, vehicles, mirrors just to mention but a few.

We would admire high rise buildings with beautiful sparkling shining glass facades and windows well fitted into the overall scheme of things making it all the more appreciable. We definitely ought to appreciate too the people behind this appreciation and the work of art on the glass; The Glazier. A Glazier is a person who is specialized in glass from scoping, selection, meticulous planning, cutting, installing and removing glass and other materials that may substitute glass e.g. plastic. A profession which has high risk profile associated to it given they play with glass all the time and risk of being cut by glass or other operational injuries that may be caused during jobs, definitely deserves to be praise worthy and respectful like all other jobs.

A role of a Glazier may vary by the nature of glass applications – for example a glazier who would work in fitting glass in motor vehicles, or safety glass in aircrafts or another type of glazier who works in furniture industry on mirrors, glass tables or the most common of all who works on residential and commercial windows and doors
What exactly does a glazier do?

  • A glaziers typical day would start with laying down the specifications which would determine size, color, thickness and type of glass that will be used for the different purposes. They would cut glass to different shapes and sizes depending on the requirements so that it fits in perfectly.
  • They would be travelling on-site to replace broken glass and in doing so they would ensure a safe removal of the previous broken glass and then put another in place.
  • For larger residential and commercial projects, they would make metal moulds which would house the glass bringing solidarity and firmness to the overall frame. Adding weather seal is critical around panels to ensure no gaps exist between glass and other surfaces. Next steps would include fitting and fastening glass into the frames with moldings ensuring they can withstand any force.
  • At construction sites, glaziers would be doing the lifting of heavy glass that is already molded and pre-cut and would perform installation of the same, where glass hasn’t been secured; they attach frames to the building then fasten it.

In order to be a professional Glazier you need to have a good balance, great eye coordination, time management skills, physical stamina and endurance as they need to be accurate in their cutting and careful enough not to break glass.

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5 Facts About Glass

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It is natural for people to lose interest in the things they find common and ordinary, more likely in the things they see everyday—like glass. Today, glass can be seen almost everywhere; windows, eyeglasses, mirrors, cups etc. It became boring that we tend to overlook the things beyond it that made it an art form by it self.

Back in the days, glass was used to symbolize power, wealth and sophistication. Remember Cinderella? She stood out because she was the only one wearing glass slippers. But today, that is not the case.

With this five facts, we will try to make you look at glass like you’ve never seen one before. Glass is embedded with the human history, ever changing its forms, composition and style to fit with what the world needs it to be.

1. Did you know that the first manmade glass coexisted with the Pharaohs?

The first real evidence of manufactured glass was dated to 3000 BC, in Egypt. The Mesopotamian empire depended on Egypt and Syria when it comes to glass production, hence, they were considered the hubs of glassmaking in the ancient times.

2. Glass can be made without the presence of humans.

Glass is a product of nature. Even before the ancient inhabitants of the world knew what glass is, the earth was already making it. When a lightning strikes to sand, the heat produced by the electricity fuses with the sand and a long, slender glass tubes are produced. These byproducts are called ‘fulgurites’.

Also, glass can be made without the efforts of us humans when the intense heat of a volcanic eruption combines with rocks and sand. It produces another kind of glass called ‘obsidian’. In earlier time periods, people learned to form obsidians in to different shapes, making prehistoric knives, arrowheads, spearheads, jewelry and even money.

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3. The Romans were first to use glass for windows.

Back in 100 CE, the Romans initiated the idea of putting glass on their window openings. But it was until 1,500 years later when doing so became common and conventional in ordinary houses in England.

4. Back in the 1850’s, glass bottles and flasks were for whiskey.

During the Victorian Era, glass bottles and flasks were intrinsically made as a container for whiskey. These were called ‘flint glass’, which were characterized as the better form of glass because of its notable difference in terms of clarity compared to the normal type.

It was called “flint glass” because of the added ingredient: flint powder.

5. Glass don’t lose its quality no matter how many times you recycle it.

Glass can be recycled infinitely, and unlike many other things, it doesn’t decrease its quality and every recycled glass can be mistaken as brand new.

Today, glass recycling is beginning to gain its popularity in Australia as a way of reducing waste production. Aside from that, glass recycling could be a big help in saving energy. The temperature needed during glass recycling is much lesser than the energy needed when producing new ones.

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Glass Recycling – What Happens to all of our Broken Glass? (Infographic)

Have you ever wondered what happens to the broken glass that is removed from peoples homes or wastage left over when cutting a sheet of glass. Think about glass bottles and jars that you would have carefully washed and recycled. This infographic looks at the journey of a glass, from when it is first placed in a Melbourne recycling bin to what happens on the recycling journey. It is estimated that about 90% of such glass will be recycled into bottles, jars and all sorts of interesting products from match tips to tiles and counter tops.

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Broken Glass And Your Insurance Claim

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Did you know that windows with high concentrations of rental properties tend to break more often? This is because such neighborhoods are typically located near college campuses and nightlife destinations. These residences are considered areas with relatively high rates of property crime. As a matter of fact, broken windows are often caused by drunken vandals or disputants who get agitated or violent.

Replacing a broken window is a relatively common repair. These are just windows– unnoticeable in your everyday life. However, the cost of repairing and replacing a broken window can be expensive. The total cost of a broken window can easily exceed $500. This prompts many homeowners to contemplate on making claims against their homeowners’ insurance policies to secure the window replacement costs.

The insurance provider will often assess the amount of damage based on the window’s glass, frame and surrounding structure. How the window breaks will be the insurance provider’s primary focus. For an instance, there is an additional cost for cleaning up the affected carpets, floors and furniture if the window shatters into the house. Any injuries associated with the broken glass will evidently inflate the broken window’s costs by an order of magnitude.

If one of the windows in your home has been broken in the past, it is necessary to ask your insurance provider whether your window’s cleanup and repair costs will be covered by your policy. This is because such incident may repeat itself.

In insurance, there are open-peril policies and named-risk policies. Open-peril policies cover any cause not specifically excluded from your policy while named-risk policies only provide coverage for causes listed in your policy.

Generally, every homeowner’s insurance policy covers certain “acts of God”. These “acts of God” refer to storm-related wind damage, flying debris and other unforeseeable occurrences. Furthermore, most insurance policies cover random human-generated incidents. Therefore, if an out-of-control vehicle drives through the first floor of a house and breaks its window, a client does not need to personally pay for the repairs.

On the other hand, there is a big probability that insurance policy will not cover broken windows arising from your own negligence. Failure to cull a tree limb that strays too close to your window makes you liable for the any caused damage. Insurance provider will also refuse to cover cleanup and repair costs on any window that is broken from the inside of your home.

It is noteworthy to remember that many rental-owner’s insurance policies do not cover the cost of non-structural repairs like rental properties. Consequently, landlord’s insurance company could deny any claim on the property. This is when the landlord would ask a tenant to cover the cost of the damaged window in his room. If the tenant deems this request to be unfair, he or she may need to bring a small-claims court case against the landlord or withhold rent payments until the situation has been resolved.

Despite all the hassles of maintaining and replacing windows, it is necessary to do so since windows aid the ventilation of the house. It is good to choose best company for window repairs so that, with or without grant of insurance claim, the quality of window repairs will not be compromised.

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What is Mineral Staining?

Mineral Staining consists of milky white spot stains that appear on the surface of glass. This chemical reaction is brought about by the build-up of different minerals and alkaline in water. These are water-borne chemicals that may often leave permanent stains on glass surfaces.

printed glass splashbacks melbourneMineral stains are very difficult to remove but can easily be prevented by immediately drying or wiping off the droplets or water especially those that remain near the glass shower doors and around the sinks or faucets.

Different chemical reactions cause mineral staining such as:

  • Hard water can precipitate lime and scum deposits on glass surfaces, glassware, fiberglass, porcelain, stainless steel, tile, and enamel; among others. You can prevent this from happening by installing a water treatment system. More so, hard water when in contact with soaps or other minerals can increase staining or scaling formation in sinks and bathroom fixtures.
  • Magnesium and calcium content in hard water can also trigger lime scale or hard film build up that creeps on kitchen and bathroom fixtures as well as equipment that are most often exposed to water.
  • Metallic stains may also appear when your glass surfaces come in contact with manganese and iron that leave blackish or brownish stains.
  • Acidic water can cause corrosive damages on fixtures and plumbing.
  • Copper and brass fittings can leave green and blue stains on your plumbing fixtures.

Here are some tried-and-tested tips on cleaning up or removing mineral stains on glass surfaces:

  • auto glassSimply wiping or drying up shower doors after use can remove streaky white stains etched on glassware.
  • Install a water softening equipment to avoid the harsh effects of hard water on your fixtures.
  • The use of cleaning solutions with sequestrants like calgon is proven effective in the reduction of staining properties as it deactivates the mineral components in water that can cause staining.
  • Acidic cleaners like lemon juice, oxalic acid, white vinegar, sulphuric and hydrochloric acids are effective in removing iron rust stains and eliminating discoloration. Cream of tartar which is considered a mild acid can be mixed with water to fight off stains.
  • Chlorine bleach can also be used to remove stains but must not be left on fixtures for prolonged periods to prevent dulling of surfaces especially in porcelain.
  • All-purpose cleaners or the nonabrasive type of cleaners are good for regular clean-ups. These are safe to use and does not leave scratches on the surface even when the solution is left on the surface for long periods of time.

Keeping your glass surfaces and equipment in mint condition can be a lot of work especially if you have no extra hands to help you out in managing a home. Prevention is certainly way better than cure –even when keeping your glass fixtures in sparkling condition.

In this case, cleaning up excess water in spaces prone to rusting or staining certainly pays off in the end. You can prevent permanent staining on your bathroom and kitchen fixtures by making sure that you have the right cleaners at hand and that you are able to effectively clean and wipe as you go about your daily grind.

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Determining your quotation

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In order to obtain your quotation quickly and efficiently, there’s just a few steps of information we need to gather from you. One of our employee’s will ask you the following questions:

  • Where are you located ?
    Suburb, address, etc
  • What is broken or what do you require to be repaired?
    By this we mean is it a window or a door. We will then ask further questions to better determine exactly
    what it is you require.
  • Can you give the location in the home of where this product is?
    e.g. Bedroom, laundry
  • Do you have any approx  measurements?
    We require approx measurements to give you a quote
  • Is it a timber or an aluminum frame?  (window Specific)
    This helps us determine the glass thickness required
  • Is it an opening or a fixed panel? (window Specific)
    If it’s a fixed panel, is it within 1 metre off the floor? If it’s an opening window, how does it open?                       hinged at the side or top, sliding etc
  • Is the glass shattered / exploded  into hundreds of tiny pieces (Toughened glass)  (window specific) Does it have a spider-web effect through the glass (Laminated glass) (window Specific)
    or is it simply just in big cracks and pieces that’s dangling or has fallen out (Standard Glass) (Window Specific)

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If you cannot provide many answers to the above, it makes it extremely difficult to produce a quotation.

Please follow the guidelines below for more products that require a quotation

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  • The number of panels required
  • Approx dimensions of each panel
  • Number of powerpoint cutouts
  • Number of notches, holes or cutouts
  • General colour – This helps us determine the best glass option.

Showerscreens

Mirrors

  • Location and purpose
  • Height and width
  • Will the edge of the mirror be visible once installed? This determines if your mirror requires polished edges or not

Tabletops

  • Height
  • Width
  • Colour preference
  • Is the table supported all the way underneath?
  • Is delivery required?

Balustrades and Pool Fencing

  • Total lineal meters ?
  • Lineal metres in each run?
  • Style – Frameless, semi frameless, fully framed?
  • Fixing method – Spigots, posts, Channel, stand offs etc
  • Fixing substrate – What will be be securing to? timber deck, concrete decking, tiles, Pool Channel etc
  • Number of gates required?

All of our quotes over the phone are subject to a final site survey to determine the best product for you. This ensures that all glass and glazing requirements comply with Australian standards

The products above undergo an accurate site measure so although measurements don’t need to be perfect, they do need to be accurate in order for us to supply an accurate quotation.

If you have any questions or ideas you require help or guidance with, please submit an email to sales@economyglass.com.au

Thanks for reading and we look forward to working with you in the near future ????

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Laminated Safety Glass

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Beyond the safety features, laminated glass is also utilized to enhance a window’s sound insulation rating and block most ultraviolet radiation.

Laminated glass has a long history of applications. Despite it, many are concerned about its issues with de-lamination, a reduction in the adhesive that bonds the glass panes and the inter-layer together.

Where Does It Occur?

De-lamination, otherwise known as edge or inter-layer staining, is a phenomenon that typically occurs around a fixing or at the edge of the glass pane. This staining is usually most pervasive in laminated glass panes where an inter-layer called Poly-vinyl Butyral (PVB) is used.

What Causes Laminated Safety Glass to De-laminate?

1. Excessive moisture

De-lamination is most prevalent during humid weather. That’s because PVB absorbs moisture. Thus, when the panes are constantly exposed to warm and moist environments, the adhesive between the film and the glass loses its bond and the glass begins to de-laminate over time.

To prevent excessive moisture buildup, allow the edge of the inter-layer to breathe. During installation, make sure that the edges are well-ventilated so that moisture won’t trickle down to the inter-layer and the adhesive.

2. Compatibility Issues

Often, the problem lies in the structural silicone or gasket that was used to bond the panes and inter-layer. If it is not compatible with the inter-layer of the laminated glass, de-lamination could occur more rapidly.

If you’re in the market looking for laminated glass, consider manufacturers who offer information pertaining product compatibility to ensure that the inter-layer and the gaskets used in the glass are compatible.

3. Mismatched Glass Plies

Like toughened glass, heat strengthened laminated glass usually exhibits barely visible distortions or waves, which are caused by the rollers during manufacturing. When the glass plies do not have a matching distortion, trough to trough and peak to peak, it places stresses on the inter-layer of the laminated glass, which could lead to de-lamination.

In this light, manufacturers must have a stricter quality control procedure to prevent mismatched plies.

4. Poor Installation

As mentioned, installation plays a critical role in moisture build-up between the panes. Without ventilation during the installation process, moisture could accumulate and cause the laminated glass to de-laminate.

Apart from that, the residue from the primers and cleaners that were used to prepare the glass prior to bonding with its structural silicone could deteriorate the adhesives, thereby contributing to de-lamination.

To ensure that contaminants do not come in direct contact with the inter-layer, the inter-layer of the laminated glass is not compressed by the fitting or the frame as this may cause voids, whereas contaminants can accumulate.

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Glass Floors

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Glass flooring doubles as an in-floor aquarium. Source: Uniobio.com

Bright living spaces are certainly much more inviting than sun-starved interiors. We all know that filtering light indoors is not always easy. This is primarily because of planning conditions and structural restrictions.

Designers often look to filtering natural light with open-tread staircases, glazed internal doors and open planed layouts. If you want something different, then glass floors could be a great option for you. They are ideal for bringing in natural light and in turn, can help create a contemporary style in any interior layout.

These walk-on glass units offer an excellent means to transfer light to different levels of an enclosed structure.

Design Considerations and Features

Following are a few advantages of walk-on glass and floor-lights.

Versatile Designs

Glass floors can be either translucent or transparent. If there is no need to view through the walk-on floorlights, translucent units are usually the best way to go. On the other hand, transparent units are useful for viewing something above or below the surface.

Like glass windows, floorlights also come in a variety of colours. Coloured pigments are typically added to the flooring’s interlayer, giving the effect of coloured glass.

Seemingly Endless Applications

Glass floors are not only practical choices for illuminating dull areas, they can also be stunning from a design perspective and the perfect solution for an array of applications.

Aside from allowing light to permeate into indoor residential spaces, glass flooring is commonly used in tourist attractions and observatories to give people a better view of what lies beneath. Floorlights create a dramatic feature for mezzanines, landings, balconies, and other areas that are overhanging or floating on water.

Hanging 4000 feet above-ground, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is, thus far, the highest viewing observatory with walk-on glass flooring. Other renowned observatories that use glass floors include the Tokyo Tower Observatory Deck, CN Tower in Toronto and of course our very own Eureka Skydeck Tower in Melbourne.

This type of glass is also used in museums as in-floor display cases, in boats as an underwater viewing deck, and in planetariums to give one an impression of floating in outer space.

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The glass-bottom skywalk in Grand Canyon. Source: Reviewjournal.com

Non-Slip

Glass in nature is smooth, hence it being usually slippery. Glass floor surfaces were specifically designed and treated to be slip-resistant. With an anti-slip ceramic-frit coating, glass flooring becomes an invaluable alternative for traditional solid floors and staircases. Other non-slip application techniques include sandblasting and acid etching.

Durable

Regardless of whether the walk-on glass is transparent or translucent or for stair treads or floors, toughened glass is typically the glass type of choice due to its durability, structural strength, and resistance to breakage–a three-inch thick glass flooring can hold up to five tons in weight.

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Frameless Glass Balustrades – What are the Benefits and the Most Common Installation Method? (Infographic)

Glass Balustrades, especially the frameless kinds, are becoming increasingly popular these days. Modern-looking and sleek, they serve as a stylish alternative to old-fashioned wooden or metal balcony borders and stair railings in many buildings and homes.

While balustrades can be created from different materials including chrome, wood, stone, stainless steel, and iron, glass balustrades are particularly widespread, especially in modern architecture.

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Information on Robax Glass

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There is something primordial and soothing about crackling campfires, don’t you think? This is probably why the flickering ember that fireplaces and stoves omit immediately warms our hearts.

No matter how cozy they are, stoves, heaters, and fireplaces can still be hazardous. Which is why considering their safety features along with their aesthetic and thermo-technical aspects, is extremely vital. Whether you are looking for design, functionality, or a sense of security, a wide array of Robax glass viewing panels can guarantee complete fire protection and genuine enjoyment.

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If you are looking for a glass panel for your fireplace, heater, or stove, here are some fascinating facts that you might want to know about Robax and why it is a great glass replacement.

1. Robax is extremely heat resistant

Did you know that Robax ceramic panels far exceed the thermal endurance of a standard tempered glass? Generally, tempered glass cannot be used in environments with temperatures exceeding 500F. This is due to it shattering into pieces. Robax glass panes, can stand up to temperatures as high as 1400F for a certain amount of time without breaking.

2. It can withstand both fire and ice

Just as Robax ceramic panes can withstand extreme heat, they can also be subjected to freezing environmental conditions. These panes were designed to operate at temperatures lower than 400F and can withstand shocks and considerable shifts in temperature.

3. It does not require brazing

Robax ceramics do not undergo brazing(the process of melting two or more metal items and flowing another metal substance into a joint). However, they can withstand brazing temperatures of over 600 degrees Celsius.

4. Robax glass is functional

Robax ceramic glass offers maximum freedom of design, from the many possible shapes to a variety of different sizes. These panes can be available in flat, round, or angular shapes to turn fireplaces into cozy meeting points. Likewise advanced types of Robax help reduce the heat permeability of a fireplace, wood burner stove or furnace observation window, thanks to the use of specially engineered coatings.

5. Robax is robust and tough

Robax glass ceramics typically undergo the standard glass manufacturing process. But once, they cool down, they are then reheated to partly crystallize the glass. This controlled heat process gives Robax the hermetic sealing properties of typical glass and the strength of ceramic.

6. Robax was engineered with a superior margin of safety

These glass panes allow the best physical closeness and possible viewing of the fire while providing a reliable shield against smoke and the sparks that fly off from it.

A good design and even better protection features say more than words. With Robax glass ceramic panes, you can enjoy the view and the warmth of the fire with the assurance that they have been designed with safety and security in mind. Robax is certainly a luxury anyone can kindle every day.

Interested in Robax glass ceramic panes? Give us a call or shoot us an email for more information.

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