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Tips to Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

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When you rent or own a small space you may be left wondering what you can do to enhance the rooms décor without creating too much clutter or crowding. With smaller rooms you must be careful to add the right impact in amounts that will make the room stand out even though it is small in size.

Mirrors are an excellent choice when choosing to decorate any interior as they can add a lot of benefits to the room whilst providing subtle impact.  When a large mirror gets added to a small area it creates the illusion that the room has more depth and size. Mirrors can also help reflect light, and light by itself brings a new dimension to a room. When installing a mirror into a small room it is wise to put it either across from a good piece of artwork so that the artwork is better reflected in the room or across form a window so you can help bounce light into the room.

Putting a mirror behind a light source is also another good tip. It is amazing how different a room can look and feel just by adding a few small mirrors with candles in front. This can create a surreal feel as well as make the room more inviting.

Although mirror walls are often frowned upon and seem dated, if done properly a mirror wall can give a small space a brilliant appearance.

Although mirrors are very beneficial, here are a few things to not do when adding a mirror to the room.

Never place a mirror on the ceiling, a mirror on the ceiling is often perceived as tacky.

Do not place mirrors in any random location, always be careful and be aware of the surroundings of where you are placing your mirror. Always try to keep things symmetrical and inline to avoid visual disturbance.

There is no end to the benefits your room will receive when a mirror is added in the correct spot. Just one mirror alone can break up the feeling of clutter and amplify the rooms light. It is always best to experiment with your mirrors and find out which mirrors will work well for you or alternatively…

Ask the professionals, we install mirrors of various sizes and shapes every day.. In fact we install thousands of mirrors every year so if in doubt don’t hesitate to contact us for the very best advice and service. Economy Glass your mirror specialists.

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Safety glass – What is it and why do we use it?

Windows and skylights bring light and fresh air into our homes as well as offering views to the outside world. The common perception of glass as a dangerous material is not unfounded. Standard annealed glass breaks relatively easily and fractures into potentially lethal shards or splinters. With safety being of paramount importance, it is perhaps not surprising that there are standards and regulations which govern when glass is used in safety critical locations.

Areas of a home that are prone to accidents are required to be fitted with a Grade A safety glass. The use of safety glass reduces the risk of injury as it is significantly harder to break and is designed so it won’t fracture into dangerous shards if broken. The building code in australia and New Zealand (AS1288) determines where safety glass is required to be installed.

Examples of areas where safety glass is required :

  • Glass doors
  • Door side panels
  • Bathrooms (for all areas up to 2 metres high)
  • Around stairs
  • Areas that can be mistaken for openings (e.g. floor to ceiling glass)
  • Low level glass (if larger than 1.2 m2)
  • Schools, child care and retirement homes

Types of safety glass

There are two main options of safety glass to be considered – toughened safety glass and laminated safety glass. While laminated safety glass and Toughened safety glass can both be used to meet Australian building regulations, each glass types has different properties that are worth when deciding which glass type is appropriate to meet your needs

Laminated glass

Laminated glass is made from two or more sheets of glass bonded together with a flexible polyvinyl butyral(PVB) interlayer. The unique design of laminated glass prevents it from shattering into large shards when broken. In the event of an impact or breakage, the glass is held together by the interlayer. This prevents the glass from breaking into shards which can provide significant damage. The interlayer does not impact the transparency of the glass and is not visible to the naked eye once installed.

Laminated glass is usually the best option to provide increased security for your home. If the glass breaks it will generally stay in place and not fall out. The glass is difficult to penetrate completely through making it harder to gain access through breaking a window.

Advantages
●    Provides greater security than toughened glass
●    The interlayer in the glass reduces fading from UV significantly
●    subject to thermal stresses

Toughened glass

Toughened glass is four to five times stronger than ordinary glass of the same thickness. Toughened glass is processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering or toughening creates balanced internal stresses which causes the glass sheet, when broken, to crumble into small blunt granular chunks of similar size and shape instead of splintering into random, jagged shards. The granular chunks are less likely to cause injury.Toughened glass does not provide the same security as laminated glass as once broken the glass explodes leaving a hole in the building.

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Glass Splashbacks in Melbourne VIC

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A glass kitchen splashback is ideal for helping transform your kitchen and home with a great combination of both elegance and beauty.

Glass splashbacks and panels are available in almost any colour you could desire and are cut specifically to suit the needs of each customer.

Painted Glass Splashbacks require very little maintenance and out lasts most other architectural features. Due to its non-porous nature, glass does not stain, is easy to clean and does not harbor germs or bacteria – as many other materials do.

Glass splashbacks are an incredibly versatile product and can be used as a feature on any interior walls , especially in kitchens or as an alternative to the traditional tile option in bathrooms. Most commonly being produced using 6mm toughened safety glass, this ensures the glass is extremely robust and safe, resisting impact breakages and thermal stresses caused by high heat.

Splashbacks give a beautiful and easily customised look to the space. There are many options that can help you standout with a wide range of colours, textures and even graphically printed images. Each panel of glass is fabricated to the finest tolerances using highly accurate CNC machinery and painted using automated paint booths. This ensures the highest quality finish every time.

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