At True Blue Glass we want to help our clients have a better understanding of glass so what better way than to have a glass tips & advice section.
This area will include topics such as
Best ways to clean your glass around the home
Glass tips & advice on how to maximise the use of glass around the home
The dangers of glass
These will be just a few of the things that will be discussed in this area.
Alot of topics that we write about will be about the most frequently asked questions we get at True Blue glass.
So we hope you will find useful and informative.
Having streak free windows is a wonderful thing. Yet few know how to do it.
- Use hot, soapy water to wash them down. Take your time to really wash the window. You will want to get rid of all debris and such first. Don’t forget the sides & tracks as well.
- Once the window is clean, use a clean terry cloth to dry and shine it. You will want to dry off the windows quickly to prevent streaks.
- Don’t waste money on chemical glass cleaners, try this formula instead: 1/3 methylated spirits, teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and hot water. The methylated spirits helps reduce streaking and helps the glass to dry faster.
- When you are trying to clean glass in windows, you will want to work as quickly as you can. This is the best way to get your glass streak free. Keep supplies on hand to help you to do this.
- Add a little ammonia to soapy dish water.
- Apply a layer of vaseline to the area and allow it to sit for a day or two, then, wash it off.
- Try using denture cleaner. You will want to let the glass sit in the water for a few minutes.
- Remove lime deposits by allowing the item to sit and soak in vinegar.
If your windows are tinted you should try to avoid commercial cleaners as they can degrade the film. Instead try using a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent with warm water.
- Splashbacks create a modern, contemporary look.
- Often they are a single panel or comprise of a small number of panels, so there are a minimal number of joints.
- The issue of the grout in tiles attracting dirt and grime is avoided.
- They are easy to clean.
- As the colour is applied to the surface next to the wall it cannot be scratched, nor will it lose its colour.
The selection you make will greatly impact how comfortable you are in your home or office. Here are some helpful questions to help guide you to the solution that’s right for you:
- What is the best way to maximise natural light?
- How can you reduce the discomfort of winter cold and summer heat?
- How to be secure without building a fortress?
- How to limit UV fading of furnishings but not create dark gloomy rooms?
- How to reduce noise levels without shrinking the windows?
- How to lower energy consumption and still be comfortable?
This is one of the most asked questions we get from people in the Real Estate Industry.
Spontaneous glass breakage is a phenomenon by which toughened glass (or tempered) may spontaneously break without any apparent reason. The most common causes are:
While glass is being moved and installed, it is easy for the glaziers to nick or chip the edges of the glass with various tools. It is also possible for fasteners such as nails or screws used to attach glass stops to nick the glass edges if these fasteners are installed at an improper angle. These small nicks or chips may not result in immediate breakage. However, over time, as the glass expands and contracts, stress concentrations can develop around the nick, leading to breakage. In the case of tempered glass the entire unit usually breaks.
Binding in the frame
Glass expands and contracts with changes in temperature and deflects due to wind, so almost all modern glass is set on resilient blocks at the bottom and with space for expansion at the sides and top. The gaskets holding the glass in the frame are also usually resilient to cushion the glass against wind buffeting. If no space is provided at the perimeter of the unit, the glass will bind against the frame, causing internal stresses to develop in the glass which can exceed the strength of glass, resulting in breakage.
Internal defects and inclusions in the glass
Nickel sulfide inclusions (“stones”) can be present in the glass. The most common cause of these inclusions is the use of stainless-steel machinery in the glassmaking and handling process. Small shavings of stainless steel containing nickel change structure over time and grow, creating internal stresses in the glass. When these stresses exceed the strength of the glass, breakage results. This type of breakage is almost always found in tempered glass and is indicated by a distinctive “figure eight” pattern, with each “loop” of the figure eight approx. 30mm in diameter. Alternatively, small pieces of refractory brick can be eroded by the molten glass from the internal walls of the furnace during processing and become embedded in the finished glass. These are also known as “stones”, and can also break the glass when the glass is heated, as they create thermal anomalies.
Breakage due to thermal stress is most common in large pieces of sealed insulating glass with heavy heat-absorbing (reflective) coatings. The coating is usually applied to the “number two” surface (the inside face of the outside lite). This causes the outside lite of glass to heat up more than the inside lite as the coating converts radiant heat from the Sun into sensible heat. As the outer lite expands due to heating, the entire unit bends outward. If the spacer bar or other edge condition connects the two lites of glass in a very rigid manner, bending stresses can develop which exceed the strength of the glass, causing breakage. This was the cause of extensive glass breakage at the John Hancock Tower in Boston WHERE ALL 10,334 PANES OF GLASS HAD TO BE REPLACED
Inadequate glass thickness
A pane that is too large or thin, having not been properly engineered for wind loads on the site, can be broken by the wind.
From mowing the lawns, kids playing ball games to stormy weather eventually a broken door or window is inevitable. When this does happen its essential to handle any broken glass safely until a professional arrives. We have included 6 easy steps for cleaning up broken glass
When glass breaks it will do so in a number of ways depending on the type of glass installed. Float glass (typical in bedroom and lounge windows ) will break into large shards, toughened glass will explode into thousands of little pieces and laminated safety glass will generally hold its self together.
- Before attempting to clean up broken glass secure the area and keep children and pets away. This will keep them safe and free of any injuries.
- Once that is done check the extent of broken glass debris. Often when a window or door shatters glass can be found meters away from the main area.
- Do not attempt to pull out any large pieces that are still attached.
- Everyone that is helping with the clean up must be wearing closed shoes to avoid injury.
- Never handle broken glass with your bare hands, large panes or shards of glass can easily slip and fall. Put on heavy duty safety or leather gloves to protect against injury.
- Once all of the large pieces have been removed from the area, there is still likely to be some small fragments that need to be removed. Never clean up broken glass using tea towels, kitchen sponges or mops as they can continue to hold microscopic glass fragments, instead use a wet paper towel and discard safely.
- If cleaning any remaining glass dust with a vacuum please do so with care. If any larger pieces are sucked up it may damage your vacuum.
Glass is a very dangerous material and can cause serious injury. Even with these 6 easy steps for cleaning up glass we recommend making the area safe, and calling True Blue Glass to attend.
We will then repair any damaged windows or doors, clean and dispose of any glass and make your home safe again.
I’d like to address a query we often get here at True Blue Glass regarding double glazing your windows.
Due to the great weather the residents of Queensland aren’t usually too concerned with the insulation properties of double glazed windows
We have found that they are more interested in what they can offer for noise reduction.
Double glazed windows can offer a significant reduction in the amount of noise penetrating a normal window , however we find that there are often more cost effective solutions.
Double glazed windows can be very expensive for example;
The bill for replacing just 3-4 windows on one side of a house could easily reach in excess of $10,000.
After speaking with countless customers regarding their noise problems, many have professed to being totally unaware of any alternatives at all.
Well we have two solutions that we often use that work a treat!
This is a modern glass product that is designed specifically for noise reduction.
Because it is almost the same thickness as normal laminated glass used in any typical house we can often install it directly into existing windows with no trouble at all.
It will reduce the amount of noise penetrating your windows significantly and costs only a small percentage more than a normal glass replacement.
This is the simplest and most cost effective way to reduce noise and we find more and more customers in noisy areas replacing every panel of glass in their house with this product.
Secondary / internal glazing
This consists of installing a basic channel onto the inside window sill of a standard existing window, and putting a fixed panel of glass into the channel.
Doing this will create a makeshift double glazed window, and if acoustic laminate is used it assists further in eliminating those unwanted noises from roads, train lines.
The possible downside to this option is that you will no longer be able to access the original windows from the inside, meaning that they cannot be opened.
If your home or office is subject to unwanted noise then give us a call to discuss what options might suit you best.
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