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.
If you’re planning on installing a glass fence around your pool, an important decision you’ll have to make is whether you want to get framed or frameless fencing.
Both have their pros and cons, so having a solid understanding of both fencing types will help you determine which is best for you and your needs.
Frameless Glass Fencing
As the name suggests, frameless glass pool fencing is composed of sheets of glass held in place at the bottom rather than by an entire frame around the panel. This type of fencing must be made from safety glass, so it is highly strong and durable, and significantly less likely to cause injury in the rare event of breakage.
Frameless glass pool fencing is becoming more and more popular in Australia. As it gives the illusion that there is no fence at all, many people choose frameless fencing as it is more aesthetic and does not obstruct the view of their outdoor area. Frameless glass fencing also allows for greater visibility of the pool, so it is easier to supervise children and pets.
The main drawback of frameless glass fencing, however, is that it is generally more expensive than framed options. This is because the glass panels are secured to the ground either with cement or highly-durable stainless steel spigots, which incurs greater labour, equipment, and material costs.
In addition, the glass panels in frameless fences need to be either toughened or laminated safety glass. So glazing costs are likely to be higher too.
Framed Glass Fencing
Most types of framed glass pool fences these days are semi-framed. This means that rather than the entire panel being framed, there is framing only in the space that connects two glass panels together, with the top and bottom of the glass being left clear.
This type of pool fencing provides many of the same benefits of frameless fencing. There is slightly more view obstruction, however, and potentially more maintenance requirements.
One of the main advantages of semi-framed glass fencing is that it is notably cheaper than frameless fencing. Semi-framed pool fences can be up to 30% cheaper than frameless pool fencing, making it the ideal choice for lower budgets.
Both types of pool fencing are very durable and relatively low-maintenance. Determining which is best for you will ultimately come down to your personal preference and budget.
For more information, call Magic Glass. We will be able to find the perfect glass fencing for your pool, ensuring all Australian Pool Safety Standards are met.
When it comes to reducing noise pollution, many people choose to install soundproof glass into their windows and doors. Before doing this, however, it is important to weigh-up your options as there are different types of soundproof glass, all of which have various pros and cons.
Double-glazedglass is simply glass panels that have two panes instead of one. The space between the two panes is filled with either air or argon to further insulate the panel.
The pros ofdouble-glazedglass is that it’s veryenergy efficient, weather resistant and soundproof. The main con, however, is that it can be expensive to double-glaze your windows.
Laminated glassis similar to double-glazed glass in that it is manufactured using two panes. The space between these panes is filled with PVB (polyvinyl butyral), a type of resin that is highly effective in blocking out sound.
Laminated glassis challenging to install, however. Not installing it properly will result in it being less effective in both thermal control and soundproofing.
Both types of glazing have similar STC (Sound Transmission Class) ratings, so what it ultimately comes down to is price and convenience.Laminated glassis cheaper, however there are challenges with installation so you should always seek the help of a glazing professional.
If you’re wanting to further soundproof your building,get in touchwith theMagic Glassteam today. We cancustom-makeandinstallboth double-glazed and laminated glass panels that will aid significantly in blocking external sound.
Safety glass is a type of glass specifically designed to be less prone to breakage and less likely to inflict injury when it is broken. There are two main types of safety glass, toughened and laminated safety glass. Both are produced using strengthening techniques and both are proudly manufactured and provided by Magic Glass.
Are you looking to have a piece of glass cut to a specific size or shape? It can be very difficult and expensive to replace just one unique piece of glass. At Magic Glass, our highly trained professionals will cut custom glass pieces for tabletops, mirrors, shower enclosures, shelving, desks, windows and more.