Learn About Glass

Learn About Glass Types

Learning About Glass is an extremely beneficial area here at True Blue Glass, the Broken Glass & Aluminium Specialists.

We like to not only provide outstanding service to our customers when fixing their broken windows, louvres, pool fences and shower screens, we also like to pass on tips and knowledge to our customers so that they may understand the products they’re choosing from and what options they have when selecting a product for repair or replacement.

New innovations in glass have been impressive over the last 10-15 years, and can now offer some great choices for customers looking for particular performance features in their glass.

Some of the more popular products being those that reduce noise and/or UV penetration. Below are some questions you may want to consider if you are interested in these products:

Energy efficiency is one of the most talked about issues in the industry today.

It is important to understand that the range of glass that you can choose from may be determined on where it is situated in your home.

This does not mean that you cannot also gain other benefits, or achieve energy efficiency beyond what the Australian glass standards mandate.

Float Glass

Annealed float glass is the plain glass product that most people picture when thinking about glass. You will find this in standard windows around the house like bedroom and kitchen windows. What are the benefits of annealed float glass? It is relatively inexpensive when compared to its more specialised counterparts. Its negatives are that it shatters into sharp shards if it breaks.

Laminated Glass

Laminated safety glass is essentially two pieces of annealed glass bonded together by a thin laminate interlayer. Positives for this glass are its safety features, because of the inter-layer between the two pieces of glass. If broken the glass will crack but will not break into those dangerous pieces that annealed glass breaks into. Its negatives are that it is more expensive than annealed glass and it is more than twice as thick.

Toughened Glass

Toughened glass is annealed glass that has undergone a heating and cooling process that causes the glass to become extremely strong. Toughened glass can withstand enormous blows and large amounts of pressure without breaking, which makes it fantastic for overly large windows, frameless glass structures like balustrades or shower screens and pool fences.

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Safety glass is a product that is designed to cause minimal injury when it breaks, compared to regular annealed glass. The two most commonly used safety glass products are laminated glass and toughened/tempered glass. Both products have very different and distinct features that provide various levels of safety and security.

Yes, however, the entire panel of glass will usually need to be replaced. We recommend replacing these panels with toughened glass as the hole required for the pet door makes the glass weak. Toughened glass alleviates this issue.

Laminated glass is two pieces of glass laminated together with an interlayer. When it breaks, it cracks but holds together, like a windscreen. Toughened glass is just one panel, but has undergone a process to make it 4-5 times stronger than normal glass. When it breaks, it shatters into thousands of small pieces the size of a fingernail.

Sometimes toughened glass will shatter instantaneously, without an apparent reason. This is often due to a small flaw within the glass itself from manufacture. If the flaw is present, the glass failure could happen at any time.

In the case of a glass emergency, we will attend the same day and can usually complete the repair on the first visit.

We can offer a range of different options to reduce outside noise entering your home. There are specific glass products available now that are designed for noise reduction that will significantly reduce noise without the need to completely replace the windows

We can offer a range of different options to reduce heat entering the home. We offer tinting services, but can also provide options for a high performance glass product specifically designed to reduce the heat entering the home.

Yes, we are an industry leader in the areas of accreditation, qualified tradespeople and safety. We are a founding member of the Australian Glass & Window Association national accreditation program and are active in the glass, glazing & window industry member forums and training programs.

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