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Ecoshield Nanocoating – Why you should be using it on your next appropriate glass installation.

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Nanotechnology deals with the study of molecular and atomic particles, a world that is measured in nanometers (billionths of a meter or 10-9) and is 1000 times smaller than the human eye can see.

Nano coating technology research has come a long way since its first inception back in 1975 and ever since then consumer interest in such goods that incorporate nano coating’s protective features has steadily grown and now millions of items per year are being produced and utilised.

Ecoshield is a special nanotechnology product with a long-term hydrophobic effect on glass surfaces. This is not a sealer that forms a film but rather is a modification of the surface on a molecular level to provide an easy to clean surface effect.

The particles themselves automatically bond at the nano level where liquid meets glass and this results in total and complete protection that outstrips all other previous and competing technologies.  It goes without saying of course that because nanotechnology is exactly that, the correspondent coating particles are not visible to the naked eye and so it doesn’t compromise the natural transparency of the glass.

The hydrophobic product works by repelling water and prevents adhesion of foreign matter on the surface. (Easy to Clean/self-cleaning effect). A ultra-thin and invisible coating appears to the glass surface. As a result, dirt particles cannot penetrate the matrix of the surface.Water runs off easily from the treated surface and all dirt particles are washed off by rain or when rinsed with water

Why should you use it?

There are in fact many benefits, not the least of which is nanocoating’s durable longevity; nano coatings are of a long lasting nature and so the glass that has this technology applied won’t require constant maintenance throughout its lifetime.

The fact that the particles themselves bond at the nano level, also lends incredible strength and integrity to the glass that utilises nanotechnology.  Inorganic and UV resistant, common cleaning methods such as pressure washers and surface cleaning agents will not weaken its durability or cause disruption to its organisational integrity.The surface even repels dirt and dust, frost and rain.

On those rare occasions that such elements like dirt and dust do become attached, they can easily be removed with a quick application of rinsing using clean water and a soft sponge. The coating is much, much smaller than the human eye can detect. Hence the coating is 100% transparent. Coated glass surfaces are not slippery and do not appear oily.

Never a need to use aggressive cleaners and the mild detergents that are sometimes used are needed in much reduced volumes making your shower environmentally friendly. Taking all these benefits together then, it is easy to see why nano coating is now the number one glass technology and why you should be using it to protect your glass products and save you valuable cleaning time!

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Toughened CIP Laminated Glass

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CIP Laminated Glass is a particular type of laminated glass.  Generally, laminated glass is produced via one of two methods.

The first of these methods and which is in fact the more common method produces a glass known as Poly Vinyl Butryal (PVB) Laminated Glass whereby a thin layer of PVB is sandwiched between two layers of glass using the process of heat and the application of pressure. This product is commonly used in door panels, windscreens in cars, and larger floor to ceiling glazing in residential homes.

The second method however is achieved by holding two separate sheets of glass together, parallel to one another and then pouring a resin into the very thin space between the two panes.  Then, using the application of Ultra-violet (UV) rays, the resin is cured and solidifies itself into a hard plastic state that quite naturally at this point, bonds the glass sheets together.  This produces what is known as CIP Laminated Glass.

With Toughened CIP Laminated safety glass the panes on either side of the interlayer are a toughened/ tempered safety glass adding considerable strength and a great product that can be used in a variety of applications

CIP Laminated Glass is much stronger than your normal laminated safety glass through its solidified interlayer; thus when something impacts the surface of the glass, rather than smashing to smithereens, the interlayer tends to absorb the damage and what damage there is, tends to cause a splintering effect rather than an outwardly shattering shower.

CIP laminates are used in the following applications

Balustrades – The safety features of this glass type ensures that a hand rail is not required. Whilst it is considerably more expensive that normal toughened safety glass normally used it ensures lines are much cleaner with minimal visual disturbance caused by handrails and other fixings required to meet Australian standards

Overhead glazing – Commonly used for large overhead canopies and roof glazing applications this specialty glass will ensure that if broken the panel will not come crashing down.

Floors – Because of its very high strength and load capacity CIP toughened laminates are always used in flooring applications. It’s always scary walking on glass floors but rest assured this glass is much stronger than many other building products on the market!

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Neutral cure and Sanitary silicone – Why you should use these sealants on your next glass installation.

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Silicone sealant is a versatile and flexible waterproof sealant with a large number of applications especially in the glass and glazing industry.

 Most silicone sealants release acetic acid while curing. This gives off a characteristic vinegar like smell. In some circumstances this odour may be very undesirable but more importantly the acetic acid may have a negative impact on the materials being sealed and this is what brings us to this article.

 Acidic cure silicone has negative effects on a range of materials – paint, silvered coatings, plastics, stone, timber are all effected negatively by the curing process. More often than not causing a reaction in the form of staining or bubbling effects.

 This is why neutral sure sealants and glues should always be used when installing mirrors or painted glass splashbacks. Neutral cure silicone products reduce or eliminate the production of acetic acid while curing ensuring that your newly installed product is not negatively affected as described above. Often the better quality sealants also tend to be neutral cure products.

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.Mould is a real issue with silicone sealants used in wet environments such as bathrooms. Silicones contain acetates which effectively feed mould causing it to go black soon after your installation.

Mould/ mildew resistant silicones are widely available on todays market and should always be demanded when installing your next bathroom products

These silicones include an added fungicide that actively reduces the formation of mould on silicone that is frequently exposed to moisture. I must also add that these products are 100% resistant. The shower and silicone still needs cleaned regularly and general maintenance is required for the best results.

Speak to us about Neutral cure and Mildew resistant silicones on your next installation…

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Argon Gas – Why Do We Use It in Double Glazed Units

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Argon glass has recently began to get notice as an energy efficient tool anyone can take advantage of for their home. Argon is a colorless and odorless gas. Its symbol is Ar on the periodic table. It also makes up about one percent of the atmosphere. It has long been used in other home products, such as fluorescent tubes and electric bulbs. The Australian government has a ratings system that assigns a grade for energy efficiency to windows. Those double glazed windows that are made with argon gas have been getting some of the highest ratings for energy efficiency.

A double glazed window is a window that is created with a set of two glass window panes. The window panes are placed separately in the window frame space and there is air in the space between the two panes. The space between the two panes is known as the cavity. Normally, air is vacuumed sealed in the cavity. This helps for both insulation and reducing noise from outside. In recent years, some double glazed windows have been made with different inert glasses. Argon is the most popular and widely used. It is perfectly safe using argon gas as a substitute for air in the double glazed window pane.

Normal air is mainly nitrogen and oxygen. However, argon is already present in the air naturally. This new idea of filling the cavity of double glazed windows with argon gas may be slightly higher price wise than traditional air filled double glazed windows. However, when argon glass is used then energy efficiency savings come into play! Savings of up to 30% can be achieved on household energy bills when going with argon gas in a double glazed window. This means even if a little more cash is shelled out when the windows are placed in the home the savings will continue year after year. This also means that the home will retain heat in the winter and a/c in the summer better than other windows.

Another important factor to note in choosing argon gas in double glazed windows is that the gas will not leak. Also, unlike plasma televisions that need plasma refills every few years double glazed windows filled with argon gas do not need to be refilled for the life of the window. Low maintenance is always a plus when choosing any product for a home!

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Sound Proofing Your Home – Which Glass Should I Use to Decrease Noise in the Home.

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Soundproofing is important in a home for a myriad of reasons. First you want to keep the noise out! When you close your windows you expect them to soundproof your home. Your neighbor’s kid learning the trumpet? Need soundproofed glass windows! Traffic noise getting to be too loud? Then you need your glass windows to be soundproofed

What type of glass is best for soundproofing? The thicker the better!

Double glazed windows are best for soundproofing your home. A double glazed window pane is a much better soundproof tool then a single paned glass window. With the correct glass types these units can help soundproof your home by reducing the noise in your house by up to 25%!

Some common tips for reducing noise through your windows

Consider laminated glass within the double glazed units. Laminated glass has a plastic interlayer that helps eliminate a wide frequency of sound waves.

Consider specialty laminates (sound stop) These products have been specifically designed for reducing noise and the correct installation method, sealants and adhesives you will hear a clear reduction in unwanted noise.

Consider using two different glass thicknesses when installing double glazed units. This is scientifically proven to eliminate a wider range of sound waves.

Before spending any money on soundproofing by buying new windows then you can try a few do it yourself tricks.

Check gaps in the window frame and patch them to reduce noise instantly.

Fabric curtains are a great soundproofing tool although they only work when pulled.

Insulation – ensure your home is adequately insulated within walls, floors and ceilings

Plants also absorb sound so next time you are out pick up a pretty potted plant!

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Pet doors

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Are you tired of letting the dog in and out all day long?

Have you considered putting in a doggie door but decided against it because your door is glass? You are in luck!

Economy Glass can supply and install a catdoor in your home with no problems at all.

First, what type of glass do you have that needs cut?

If it is tempered glass then you cannot cut it. Tempered glass is a type of safety glass and it will shatter if you try to cut it. If you do have tempered glass then you have to buy new glass for your door if you want to go down that route.

If you do not have tempered glass then our glaziers can easily cut the opening for your pet door.

Using a specialist glass circle cutter and refined techniques our glaziers can attend your home and cut the hole in your desired location all in under an hour or so

Call us today for all of your pet door requirements

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Starfire Glass – What Is It and Why Do We Use It for Splashbacks

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When remodelling a kitchen or building a kitchen from the ground up multiple decisions will need to be made every step of the way. One of those decisions will involve putting in a splashback. A splashback or backsplash is a panel placed behind the sink to protect the wall. It literally prevents water or cooking materials to splashback on the wall. Generally you will find a splash back behind the sink and stove. It can be made of several materials and glass is one of the most popular. Glass can be used as a splashback in home bars, kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms. Glass is so easy to clean and will shine up to a sparkle every time.

Not only is Starfire glass extremely easy to clean it can easily be matched to your décor in any room. One of the most important things to consider when choosing glass for the splashback is colour. If colour is an important factor in your home decorating plans then Starfire glass is the best choice. Starfire glass is low iron and lead free. The low iron removes the greenish tint that most other glass has. This ensures that if you choose a blue glass you get a true blue and if you choose a red glass it is real red. Starfire glass is the perfect choice for your splashback to ensure that the vision you choose comes to life exactly as you imagined.

With Starfire glass you can accurately match items you already plan to use with the color of the splashback. This means if you love the green towels in your bathroom you can make a paint sample to match the green of the towel and when the glass is made it will be exactly that same colour that you love. If your kitchen has gorgeous blue tile then the same principle applies you can take a tile sample to the paint store and have a sample created to have the glass made in the exact same blue of the tile. Colour uniformity is a classic tool to pull a kitchen together and make it stand out!

Starfire glass for use in a splashback is now in your arsenal of home improvement tools! The starfire glass will bring out your home’s personality and make the splashback an area that your friends and family will comment on time and time again.

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About Thermal Breakage

If you have recently purchased a glass product only to have it shatter due to a thermal break this can be a frustrating thing. Although thermal breakage is not a common occurrence, it does happen on occasion. When a thermal break does happen it is not typically the result of faulty glass. Here are a few reasons why thermal breakage happens and how to prevent it.

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A thermal break in the glass will occur when there is uneven heating. What happens is that only part of the glass is able to expand causing stress within the glass and when the stress exceeds the strength of the glass then a thermal break will happen. In a high temperature climate glass may be more at risk for a thermal break since temperatures are higher for longer periods hence putting the glass more at risk.

Other Factors in Thermal Breakage

Although heat is the number one cause of thermal breakage, other factors may also play a part in causing a window to receive the damage. Such as if heavy drapes or blinds are put over the window this can cause the heat to be reflected upon the glass more intensely which can cause the thermal heating to start. If part of a window is kept cooler then another part of the window this can in turn cause uneven heating in the glass which may eventually cause breakage as well.

Keep in mind different types of glass are more prone to thermal breakage more so then others. A strong tempered glass is more likely to be more tolerant of thermal heat stress more so then a thin laminated glass.

Preventing Thermal Breakage

As thermal breakage is not covered by most glass manufacturers warranties it is best to know what to do to prevent a thermal breakage.

Be sure to check your window frames for any leakage that may cause water to get into the frame and cause damage to the glass.

Try to avoid covering the glass with any heavy types of material that may hold in heat.

Try to avoid damaging the glass, any damage done to the surface of the glass or outer edges may increase the risk for the glass to weaken and be more likely to succumb to heat stress.

Do not paint directly onto a glass surface

Avoid black backings behind a pane of glass.

Although thermal breakage is rare, it is an unfortunate thing that does happen sometimes, however by remembering these tips to prevent thermal breakage it is less likely to occur.

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Low Emissivity Coated Glass

Glass is quickly becoming one of the most popular building materials used in today’s market. Although glass has been used as a building material for centuries glass itself has changed since the time we first started using it.

Today the market is filled with all different kinds of glass of all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is hard to know what type of glass to buy that will best work with the project you intend to use it for. There is also a new high demand for glass that is energy efficient. Energy efficient glass is made for the purpose of helping to reduce the use of energy consumption which in turn saves the home owner money.

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Glass alone is not at all energy efficient because of how glass works. Glass is an active conducter for heat. The glass will attract heat and then the heat will pass through the glass, which can be quite troublesome when trying to keep your home well heated in cold weather temperatures.

Making Glass Energy Efficient

You might ask yourself what can help make glass energy efficient. The answer is low emissivity (LOW-E) coating.

Low-e coating is designed to minimize ultraviolet and infrared light that gets passed through the glass without effecting the visual aspect. Low-e coating acts as a barrier on the glass so that the glass does not absorb as much of the climate which works well to keep buildings stay at a comfortable temperature.

The low-e coating is very thin and transparent so when put onto the glass it is entirely invisible. When a glass gets coated with low-e it is much more energy efficient because the glass is not able to transmit heat either from interior or exterior. This works because the low-e coating will essentially reflect the heat from the window instead of letting it pass through the glass.

Different Types of LOW-E Coating

LOW-E coating comes in two different types. There is a passive low-e coating and a solar low-e coating. Passive low-e coatings are made by using a pyrolytic process. In this process the low-e coating is applied to a glass ribbon as it is being made which causes the coating to fuse with the hot glass thus creating a strong bond with the glass making it more durable. Solar low-e are made using a MSVD process in which the coating is applied to the glass after the glass has been made. The coating is put onto the glass in a vacuum chamber in which the coating is laminated on.

Although passive low-e coating is better for colder weather climates, solar low-e also is a good choice for glass protection. Either way the glass is still much more energy efficient then glass that does not have any type of low-e coating.

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The Benefits of Double Glazing

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If you are on the market for new windows or upgrading your old windows chances are you will hear the words “double glazing”.  When a person first hears the term “double glazing” they may attempt to interpret this into something different then what it actually means.

What are double glazed windows?

The phrase double glaze simply refers to two panes of glass with a very small space in between them. The space is tightly sealed to ensure no moisture or air movement can get between the two panes.

How do double glazed windows work?

Double glazing is when two panes of windows are brought together in a unit and then sealed through a special process. The space between the two panes of windows is very small and traps still air which creates insulation for the windows.

How effective is double glazing?

Glass is known to be a good heat conductor it often attracts the heat within a room and transfers it through the glass, which is a good thing for warmer weather but in weather much colder this could lead to a lot of heat loss. However, with a double glazed window heat gets attracted to the window but will not be transferred out of it because of the layer of protection added by the space of air in-between the two window panes. This is also beneficial in holding colder air in for rooms that have air conditioning. Double glazing isn’t only beneficial for cold weather!

Why Double Glazing is Worth the Extra Cost

Double glazed windows may end up exceeding your initial intended window budget, but the extra cost of double glazed windows is well worth it. Houses in which have double glazed windows installed are 50% more energy efficient then homes with single pane windows. The home will create less draft and stay at a much more comfortable temperature with minimal fluctuation. Other added benefits include noise reduction as well as UV and fading reduction. Homeowners who switched to double glazed windows often notice a huge difference in their electric or gas bills almost immediately as it takes much less energy to heat your home in winter or cool your home in summer.

Although it is entirely up to the buyer on what type of windows they go with, it is now highly recommended for homeowners to be upgrading their houses to be more energy efficient.

There are now great products on the market such as Thermawood which means you no longer have to replace the frames. This system enables you to now fit your existing windows with retrofit double glazing which is great to ensure you don’t compromise the appearance or the character of the home.

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