Frosted glass is a type of glass that has been treated to have an opaque look on one side and a transparent or translucent look on the other.
It is made by applying a thin layer of metal, such as aluminium, to the surface of the glass. The metal is then heated and cooled in order to create the frosted effect.
The two main types of frosted glass are: wire-cut and sandblasted. Wire-cut frosting is when wires are used to cut into the surface of the glass in order to create an opaque pattern. Sandblasted frosting, on the other hand, is when abrasive material, such as sand, is blown onto the surface of the glass in order to create an opaque pattern.
Frosted glass is used to provide privacy without obstructing the view. It is often used on high-rise buildings, where the occupants of the lower floors want to be able to see out without being seen.
Frosted glass can also be used in a more decorative way, for instance as a window in the shower or bathtub. This allows natural light and air into the shower or tub while still providing some privacy for the building’s inhabitants.
If you’re looking for a way to add more sunlight into your home without compromising your building’s privacy, frosted glass is a great solution.
For any questions on frosted glass or to get a free quote, contact the Magic Glass team today.
Glass is both a functional and decorative material that can be used in many ways to improve your home and increase its value.
From increased safety to aesthetics, here areMagic Glass'top 5 ways glass can be used to improve your home.
Installing safety glass is a great way of boosting your home’s security and preventing injury in the event of breakage.
Safety glass such as toughened and laminated glazing units are more susceptible to force and are therefore much more difficult to break. This means that the likelihood of someone breaking into your home or glass shattering from severe weather events is drastically reduced.
In addition, toughened and laminated glass are designed to either stay intact or shatter into smaller pieces (rather than sharp shards) in the rare event of breakage.
2. Energy Efficiency
Most of our homes’ temperature losses or gains occur through our glass windows or doors. Fortunately, there are ways in which we can minimise these effects and make our homes more energy efficient.
Installing glass panels that are either multi-glazed, laminated or have low-emissivity coatings will drastically reduce heat transfer through your windows. This will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without blowing your energy bill through the roof.
For more information on these types of glass, read our How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Using Glass blog.
Another benefit of glass is that it can make your home appear more open. Having large windows, glass sliding doors and mirrors around your home can alter the look and feel of your property by making it seem more spacious and less closed-off.
4. Natural Light
Glass fills your home with natural light which not only helps save you money on electricity bills, but also boosts your mood and energises you.
Natural light boosts the look and feel of your home and adds value to your property.
Whether through windows, glass doors or skylights, there are an abundance of ways that you can increase natural light in and around your home.
Last but not least, glass installs can be used to decorate your home.
Stained, frosted and etched glass can be used to add colour and edge to your home, as well as privacy.
In addition, glass splashbacks and frameless screens can be used for both decoration and functionality.
For more information on using glass to improve your home, contact Magic Glass today.
With our own fabrication facility and a team of experienced glaziers, we are able to custom-make glass specific to your space and your needs.
Cladding systems are external wall systems that can be applied to the outside of buildings. They are used on both residential and commercial buildings, and offer numerous benefits including additional structural protection, noise and heat insulation, and improved aesthetics.
There are several different types of cladding, all of which have various pros and cons. Read on to find out about 6 of the most common types of cladding.
Due to its high durability, visual appeal, and low-cost, vinyl cladding is very popular in and around Sydney.
Made of a mix of PVC and other materials, vinyl cladding typically comes in the form of horizontally-placed panels. These panels can also be fitted with additional layers of insulation, allowing for greater thermal control within the building.
Compared to alternative cladding options, vinyl is considerably more lightweight, allowing panels to be completely flexible when covering a building. They are also available in countless colours, allowing for greater design versatility.
Timber is another popular material choice for cladding. It allows for an aesthetically pleasing finish as well as improved thermal insulation. Timber cladding is also eco-friendly and a great way for building owners to reduce their carbon footprint.
Timber cladding can, however, be costly and tricky to maintain. You’ll likely need to re-paint or re-stain your timber cladding every 3-5 years and take extra care to protect it from pests and rotting.
Stone cladding is more common for residential buildings rather than commercial buildings. It provides an elegant, luxurious finish for homes and is easy to maintain and highly effective in preventing moisture from getting in.
The main drawback of stone cladding is that it can be extremely expensive. Both material costs and labour/installation costs are very high.
Metal cladding, particularly aluminium cladding, is another very popular choice in Sydney. It provides a shiny and contemporary look for both residential and commercial buildings.
Metal cladding is popular because it’s versatile, easy to work with, lightweight, low-maintenance, cost-effective, and energy efficient. It is, however, susceptible to denting and is a poor sound insulator.
Brick cladding is another great option for adding a stylish touch to your building’s exterior. It is highly versatile when it comes to design, allowing for colour and textural customisation.
As brick is a very sturdy material, it provides a high level of protection against the elements and is very easy to maintain.
The installation of brick cladding can incur high labour costs, however, so it is one of the more expensive cladding options.
Last but not least, we have glass cladding. This type of cladding is most commonly used oncommercial buildingsto boost aesthetics and provide a modern and unique feel. It is also a great thermal insulator, requires little maintenance, and is capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions.
Glass cladding can, however, be expensive to install and clean, and is unsuitable for earthquake-prone areas.
Recently Magic Glass was invited to a home in Sydney's Dover Heights to measure, quote, supply and install an incredible architectural glass solution for their newly renovated atrium roof. Both Magic Glass and the homeowner were so delighted with the outcome that we have decided to share it with you for inspiration.