Thursday 17 October 2019

Different types of glass for the home

Whether you are renovating your home or looking at the finer details of a new build there are many key features and decor decisions to be made that can change the style and practicality of a room. 

As well as considering things such as flooring, heating, wall decor, purpose of the room and decor style, it is also important to think about the type of glass used throughout the home including window glass, shower glass and kitchen splash-back glass.

You may think all glass especially window glass it the same and that it is not something you need to think about but that is far from the truth. In fact there are many different types of window to be had on the market and it is a good idea to pick the right kind for all rooms within the home. Different glass can transform a room’s style and can help aid or impede the practicality of a room.

If you are looking at new windows for your new home or replacing windows in your existing home take a look below at just a few of the different types of glass for the home -

Laminated glass
Laminated glass is security-enhanced glass created by fusing two panes of thick glass around an inner layer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral). This process uses high heat and pressure fusion process to create a super-strong panel. The PVB plastic interlayer is a tough resin which will hold the shards in place should the glass break, providing a safe double-layered design.

If you need added safety in your home laminated glass is ideal security glass. Laminated glass is suitable for both external and internal doors. It is also commonly used for shelving, partition walls and shower screens.

Obscured glass
Obscured glass is any type of glass that allows light through but cannot be clearly seen through. Obscured, patterned glass can be coated, frosted, etched or textured. There are a huge range of patterned glass designs available on the market from classic to contemporary.

Perfect for allowing more natural light into a room plus providing privacy and style, obscured glass is a popular type of glass for bathroom windows, shower doors and entry door areas.

Tinted glass
Tinted glass is glass that has colouring added to it. It can be glass with a dark tint for privacy or stained glass for style. As well as being perfect for privacy and for aesthetic reasons tinted glass can also reduce heat from sunlight and be a form of protection against harmful UV rays.

Tinted glass in the home is often used for skylights, external windows for privacy or decorative panels.

Insulated glass
Insulated glass is designed for energy efficiency. It is made with two or three panes of glass with argon in the spaces between the panes. The glass panes are often laminated or tempered security glass.

Insulated glass windows are a great choice for exterior glass that’ll help you keep your heating and cooling costs down.

When replacing or picking new glass for your home it is worth researching the different types of glass available so that you find the right glass for your home. Consider the needs or your home and what style you want. For privacy and style you could go for frosted satin glass or stained window glass. For energy efficiency insulated glass is ideal. Whatever your glass needs and budget it can be wise to shop around for the best quality glass that you can afford as selecting the right glass for your home can be a worthwhile investment.

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