One thing we adore in a home is glass… windows, doors, skylights, you name it! It’s a magic material, with a number of desirable qualities, welcoming light and creating a bright, airy, warm and spacious home. It lets light in, keeps the weather out and allows us to take pleasure in our environment that surrounds us, connecting us with the outside world whilst in the comfort of our home. Dylan Miller, from leading wooden window and door manufacturer, Swartland, has joined us to give us the low down on all things glazed…..Q. What exactly is glazing? A. Glazing is fixing sheet glass into a frame, whether it is a window, door or skylight.When installed correctly into a frame, glass can be extremely durable, safe, energy efficient, secure, has thermal and acoustic insulation, UV- protection and aesthetic appeal. Q. What are the different types of glazing options available? A. Security: Heavy Duty Laminate Glass for example, is a multiple laminate that offers excellent resistance to smash-and-grab-type situations. Solar control: There is a range of glass products that incorporate things like heat-absorbing tints, tinted PVB interlayers, Low-E and solar control coatings, screen-printed designs and double-glazing – all of which deal with the challenges set by annual temperature changes in our country. Sound control: Glass has a relatively low resistance to noise, however, for those homes or buildings located in noisy areas, special glazing designed to enhance acoustic insulation can be used. These include monolithic glass, laminate glass, and sealed insulated glass units. UV-protection: Goods exposed to Ultra Violet light through windows will become cracked and faded over time. You can install laminate glass, with PVB interlayers, which is virtually opaque to UV radiation and provides optimum protection against potentially damaging sunlight. Decoration and aesthetics: You can choose from a wide array of transparent, translucent and opaque architectural glass for the most imaginative end results which are supplied in various tints and colours, and it can be performance-coated. Q. What is double-glazing? A. This is where two panes of glass are sandwiched together with an air pocket in-between, and then secured into a rubber-sealed frame. Double-glazing offers the best thermal and acoustic insulation on the market. The perfect solution for noise and extreme temperatures. Swartland’s double-glazed wooden windows, are the most energy-efficient tested windows on the market and are also very tough to break making it a good choice for security. Q. What is safety glass? A. It’s less likely to break or is less harmful when it does break. “Safety glass is a prerequisite for all doors and windows situated next to a ramp or stairs. The same goes for floor-to-ceiling casement windows,” explains Dylan. There are 2 safety glass options: toughened and laminated glass. When broken, toughened glass breaks up into small chunks. Laminate glass on the other hand has a laminate layer covering the surface that keeps the pieces of glass together and intact in the frame when broken. All skylights, overhead and sloped glazing needs to be made from Safety Glazing materials conforming to SANS 10137 Code of Practice: the Installation of Glazing in Buildings. All Safety Glazing materials and individual panes will always be permanently marked. You can ask your developer for a SAGGA certificate of conformance to ensure Safety Glazing authenticity. Swartland offers a choice of 3mm, 6,38mm and thicker glazing to suit various applications. Q. What are the latest glazing trends to hit the market? A. Hot on the scene is the Green trend which has had a big effect on how glass is used, designed and manufactured. More and more people are looking for glazing that is energy efficient. There is a wide range of glass that ensures optimum indoor-comfort levels in terms of solar control, thermal insulation, good daylight factors, reduction of glare, and the preservation of outdoor views. Q. What hints and tips do you have for homeowners wanting to take the glass window and door route? A. Consider the position of the glazed item and how people are going to behave around it. Be vigilant about maintenance to ensure that there’s no deterioration due to water penetration, general wear and tear, and other such factors. Swartland’s new pre-sealed and pre-glazed Ready-2-Fit range of windows and doors meet all the minimum safety and environmentally-friendly building criterion and come in a variety of configurations, saving you time and money. Contact: www.swartland.co.za
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