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Choosing the Right Glass

Choosing the right glass for your windows and doors is critical to creating a comfortable and energy efficient project.

Glass is the only building material that insulates us from temperature extremes. It also controls the passage of light and heat into and out of our homes.

There are 3 main areas you need to consider when choosing the right glass for your windows and doors. Natural light, solar heat gain and thermal conductivity.

The right glass selection allows you to enjoy your view and natural light while controlling UV and glare. Choosing the right glass is a great way to benefit from the natural warming effect of solar heat during winter and minimise its impact during summer. Glass is also used to insulate your home against excessive heat loss or gain.

Once you understand your heating and cooling needs, you can determine your overall glass selection priorities. Performance glass can help overcome site limitations so you can still enjoy your views without compromising your home’s energy efficiency.

Did you know you can also combine energy efficient glass with other performance features to meet your requirements? Choose acoustic glass from Bayview Glass that reduces noise. Or perhaps you want toughened glass to provide protection from intruders or glass that creates shelter from extreme weather.

Create the perfect comfort solution by choosing the right glass from Bayview Glass in Hervey Bay.

Contact us and we will help you choose the right glass for your project so you can enjoy years of energy efficient comfort.

Types of Glass Windows and Doors

Clear Float Glass (Annealed)

FGI Clear Float Glass is a visually colourless and distortion free glass. Clear Float glass provides high visible light transmission (daylight) and clarity. Clear Float glass is the core base product for most performance glass products and is commonly used in windows and doors.

  • Float glass offers no additional performance benefits in terms of insulation or reduction in solar heat gain
  • Float glass will shatter and may produce dangerous shards of glass if broken

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass is produced by adding metal oxides to float glass during manufacture. Tinted glass absorbs and re-radiates solar energy reducing heat and can provide cost efficient climate control. Tinted glass also reduces sun glare and is aesthetically appealing.

Tinted glass is available most commonly in colours such as Grey, Green, Bronze & Blue.

  • Tinted glass may be used to control solar heat gain but typically provides limited insulation benefit
  • Tinted glass will shatter and may produce dangerous shards of glass if broken.

Reflective Glass

Reflective Glass offers greater solar control than standard tinted float glass. Reflective glass can also be used to create a specific visual appearance in a building.

A metallic coating is applied during the manufacturing process and creates a highly reflective appearance.

Reflective glass is typically available in Clear, Neutral, Green, Grey, Bronze and Blue colours.

  • Tinted glass may be used to control solar heat gain but typically provides limited insulation benefit

Toughened Glass

Toughened Glass is a Grade A safety glass that has increased strength and will usually shatter in small pieces when broken. When broken particles are small and are relatively harmless compared with the sharp splinters resulting from the breakage of annealed glass. The toughening process also greatly reduces the risk of thermal breakage and increases strength.

Most popular glass types can be toughened. Toughened glass is available in Clear, Tinted, Reflective and Low E glass types.

  • Toughened glass will shatter into small relatively harmless pieces if broken
  • Toughened glass is stronger than annealed glass
  • Various forms of glass including performance glass can be toughened

Laminated Glass

Laminated Glass is made up of two or more layers of glass permanently bonded together with an interlayer. The lamination process results in the glass panels holding together in the event of breakage, reducing the risk of harm. Laminated Glass is classified as Grade A Safety Glass. The interlayer can be selected to deliver special performance characteristics such as improved insulation properties, improved security, and improved sound insulation properties.

Most popular glass types can be laminated and laminated glass is available in Clear, Tinted, Reflective and Low E glass types. Laminated glass is a popular choice for residential and commercial windows and doors. Laminated glass offers improved acoustic insulation over typical annealed glass.

  • Laminated glass will hold together if broken reducing the risk of danger from broken glass
  • Various performance qualities can be added to laminated glass using a specially selected interlayer

LowE Glass

Low Emissivity (LowE) glass has a thin metallic coating on the glass that reflects thermal radiation or inhibits its emission. LowE reduces heat transfer through the glass for excellent energy efficiency. Low E glass reflects the radiation rather than absorbing it, improving insulation. LowE glass is available in a range of colours including, Clear, Neutral, Blue, Green and Grey

  • LowE glass provides improved insulation properties making it a good choice in all climate situations

Double Glazing

Double glazing or Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) consist of two panes of glass bonded to both sides of a spacer to create one unit. The space between the panes of glass may be filled with Argon gas to increase the insulating properties of the double glazing units. IGUs can be made up of various types of glass including LowE, Laminated, Toughened, Tinted or reflective glass

  • IGUs provide significantly improved insulation properties. They are ideal for climates where extremes of heat or cool are experienced.