Regardless of the type of business you run, having a good storefront is critical in attracting customers, maximising security, and maintaining a solid business reputation.
What makes a shopfront good? Read on to find out.
No one wants to go into a store that looks cluttered and messy. Because of this, you should avoid putting too much signage and merchandise in your shopfront. Keep it relatively clear and make sure you clean it regularly.
Making sure you have the right amount of lighting in your shopfront is also important in attracting potential customers. You want to have just enough lighting to illuminate your store and make it stand out, but not so much that it will appear overly-bright.
Aside from drawing in customers, the main role of your shopfront is to keep your store secure. In order to achieve this, ensure the material your storefront is made from is strong and sturdy. If you want to install a glass shopfront, choose safety glass such as toughened or laminated glass. These glass types are significantly more resistant to force and less easy to break than standard annealed glass.
Easy to Maintain
Last but not least, for your sake, you want to ensure your shopfront is easy to clean and maintain. Select materials that stay cleaner for longer and don’t require excessive maintenance (such as glass and aluminium) over materials that get dirty quickly and require frequent touch-ups (such as timber).
If you’re wanting to install a new glass storefront in your business, call Magic Glass today. We can provide you with a free quote for a shopfront that will attract customers and keep your business safe!
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.
Safety glass is a type of glass that is designed to be less likely to break and less likely to inflict serious injury in the rare event it does break. The two main types of safety glass include toughened (or tempered) glass and laminated glass.
One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘which type of glass is the safest?’ Although toughened glass is most commonly recommended for safety, it does ultimately come down to what it is being used for.
Toughened glassis manufactured through the use of thermally or chemically controlled treatment processes. It is these processes that strengthen the glass and make it more resistant to force.
Although it is very difficult to breaktoughened glass, it’s not impossible. In the rare event breakage does occur, toughened glass shatters into many smaller pieces rather than large, sharp shards of glass. Because of this property, it is much safer than standard, annealed glass and is significantly less likely to inflict injury. This is whytoughened glassis often used in motor vehicle windows and diving masks.
Toughened glass is also Grade Asafety glassand is therefore frequently used in areas and spaces where compliance with Australian Glass Safety Standards is a must. This includesschools,hospitals, low-level glazing,aged care facilities, and child care centres.
Laminated glassis composed of two pieces of glass with an interlayer commonly made from polyvinyl butyral. This prevents the glass pieces from shattering as they remain stuck to the interlayer rather than breaking off into sharp shards.
If you’re wanting to installsafety glassinto yourcommercialorresidentialbuilding and are still unsure which type is best for you,give Magic Glass a call! Our friendly team will be able to provide you with recommendations and point you in the right direction when it comes to installation.
We can also provide you with a free quote forcustomsafety glass fabrication and installation.
Proper maintenance of your building’s exterior is critical not only in terms of visual appeal, but also in terms of safety and functionality. Conducting facade inspections, cleaning and repairs can be a complex and time-consuming process, however. Fortunately, the use of rope access can make facade maintenance much more simple.
Due to strict training requirements andsafetystandards, rope access is considerably safer than alternative access methods such as the use of scaffolding and cranes.
Why is Rope Access Ideal for Facade Maintenance?
Aside from being the safest access method,rope accessis also a faster, less-disruptive, and less-expensive method of carrying out facade maintenance work.
With little set-up and pack-up times,rope accessdrastically reduces the time it takes to carry-out facade work. This, in turn, cuts costs associated with labour and equipment and makes the process much more straight-forward.
In addition, the lack of scaffolds, platforms and cranes makes rope access a much more subtle process. This reduces disruption to your building and its inhabitants and won’t compromise your building’s visual appeal.
Rope access is also much more ideal forfacade maintenanceas it provides workers with greater mobility and flexibility to move around the building. This allows them to reach more difficult-to-access areas with very little restriction from equipment.
If you’re wanting to make the change to rope access,get in contactwith theMagic Glassteam today. Our dedicated Rope Access Division offers an abundance of services that will keep your building’s facade clean, safe and functional.
Owning or managing a large scale commercial or residential building comes with a vast amount of legal responsibilities. If you are a building owner, Building Manager or Strata Manager, you are responsible for providing all residents, workers, and visitors with a safe environment. This includes ensuring they are protected from any glass related accidents.
Whether major or minor,glass accidentsare dangerous and can pose the risk of injury and even death. If the accident is found to be a result of the building not being up to safe standards, Building and Strata Managers can be liable for negligence.
To ensure the glass in your building is safe, the first thing you must do is check that it is compliant with Australian Standards AS2208-1996 and AS1288-2006. These are the standards relating to safety glazing materials in buildings and glass in buildings, respectively.
AS2208 and AS1288 present the circumstances in which you must havesafety glassinstalled instead of standard glass. As the name suggests, this glass is safer and stronger than typical glazing units.
These standards also state requirements relating to the thickness and dimensions ofglass doorsand panels,balustradesand glass used in schools, childcare centres, and nursing homes.
Ensuring all glass in your building is up to Australian standards can be a strenuous activity, but it must be done. Fortunately,Magic Glassis here to support you along the way.
Magic Glassis a member of theAustralian Glazing and Glazier Association (AGGA). We are proudly accredited by the AGGA as we have demonstrated how our products and services are safe and comply with Australian Standards. Being one of the founding members of the association, we take our accreditations seriously and strive to maintain the reputable standards we have set for ourselves.
Should you find that any of the glass in your building does not comply with the legal requirements outlined above,contact Magic Glassfor a free quote to remove and replace the glass to all relevant Australian Standards.
Magic Glass is an Australian, family owned and run company offering professional and prompt services such as aluminium and glass repair, installation and replacement. Our company specializes in commercial work, but we also welcome residential and insurance work. We can help you with all of your glasswork requirements, and with over 20 years of professional experience, are fully equipped to answer questions on projects of all sizes.
If you have been living in an older home, one constructed 10 years or more ago, it may be time to install modern windows. This is especially so if your current windows are the kind with single panes of glass. You need to upgrade to the newer, more energy efficient kind. But first you may want to consider the following.
Modern architecture relies heavily on glass for windows, doors, office partitions, walls, and balustrades. Glass is the material of choice for many reasons. While many people still use other materials, glass is the material of choice for most owners of commercial buildings for many reasons.