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.
The use of Low-E coated glass has been a game changer in boosting the energy efficiency of buildings. With an estimated 70% of energy loss occurring through windows and doors, and 90% of window energy loss occurring through the glass, Low-E coatings have helped drastically in keeping heat in or out of commercial buildings and houses.
What is Low-E Glass?
Low-E (or low-emissivity) glass is designed to minimise the amount of infrared and UV radiation absorbed by glass, without reducing the amount of light entering the building.
The glass has a very thin, transparent coating that reflects heat back inside or outside the building. This helps keep the temperature in your building consistent by reflecting the internal temperature back inside.
Types of Low-E Coatings
There are two different types of Low-E coatings. Which one is best for you is based predominantly on your area’s climate.
Hard-Coat (Passive) Low-E Coatings
Hard-coat Low-E coatings are applied to glass immediately after it is removed from the furnace. The heat causes the coating to fuse onto the glass as it is cooling down. The fusion creates a strong bond (or hard-coat) that is highly durable.
Hard-coat Low-E glass is used predominantly in climates where the temperature can get extremely low. This is because the hard-coat glass allows some of the sun’s short-wave infrared energy to pass through, whilst keeping the long-wave heat energy inside. This keeps buildings nice and warm when it is cold outside.
Soft-Coat (Solar Control) Low-E Coatings
Soft-coat Low-E coatings are applied to pre-cut glass in a vacuum chamber once the glass has cooled. This type of coating must be sealed in an insulated glazing unit (IGU) orlaminated glassunit for longevity and optimal performance.
Soft-coat Low-E glass has lower emissivity and higher solar control performance. It has better UV protection and is overall more effective. For this reason, it is ideal for use in cold to hot climates where it can reflect the warm or cool air back into your building, with minimal leakage outside.
Installing Low-E glass into your home or business can significantly improve your building’senergy efficiency, in turn reducing your carbon footprint and saving you money. It can also prevent damage to your furniture and internal decor by blocking out harmful UV rays.
If you’re considering upgrading to Low E glass,contacttheMagic Glassteam today! We can provide you with a free quote and help advise you on what options are best for your building.
Whether it’s rain, wind or shine, harsh weather conditions can have significant effects on yourbuilding. Strong winds, rain and hail can cause breakage to glass whilst exposure to sunlight can cause UV rays that penetrateglass panelsand damage items inside.
It is therefore important to take necessary precautions in protecting yourglass windows and doorsfrom harsh weather. Our guide on 4 Ways to Protect Your Glass from the Elements will help you get started .
A great way to take precaution against weather damage is to invest insafety glassfor your windows anddoors.Safety glassis designed to withstand high - impact forces and extreme weather conditions, including strong winds, high-powered storms, and fluctuating temperatures.
They are often also effective in filtering UV rays, protecting the interior of your home from sun damage and boosting your home’s energy efficiency by keeping the heat out.
Security window film is an easy and affordable way to protect yourwindowsfrom weather damage. These films are made of a pliable Myler coating that is applied to the inside of your glass. They help theglasswithstand larger forces and prevent glass from shattering dangerously.
Security films can be tinted, mirrored or coloured and are also effective at blocking out harmful UV rays.
Storm Windows and Doors
Storm windows and doors involve installing a secondwindow or door panelover an existing one. They provide protection from extreme weather conditions by reinforcing windows, without replacing the existing glass.
They are a good option if you’re seeking a cost-effective method to prevent weather damage that’s more effective than security film.
Storm shutters are a type of protective shutter that attaches to the outside of a window. They are effective in protecting the window from strong winds, rain, hail, and sunlight.
Storm shutters are a popular choice for homeowners as they can be folded or rolled away so you can still enjoy your view. They are also more cost-effective than completely replacing your glass withsafety glass.
Look for shutters made of aluminium, aluminium-wrapped foam, or reinforced fabric.
If you’re wanting to take precaution against weather damage,give Magic Glass a call. We can advise you on the best safety glass options for your building and can also help in the event ofglass breakagecaused by weather. Call us on 18 000 GLASS.
Although rope access may appear scary to many, it is actually the safest option when it comes to height access work.
Compared to alternative methods such asscaffolding and cranes, rope access has very little risk. This is due to several factors outlined below.
1. Full Accreditation Required
In order to become a Rope Access Technician in Australia, you must be fullyaccreditedand IRATA trained.
All Rope Access Technicians atMagic Glassundergo thorough training before they are permitted to work. This enables them to become familiar with all safety procedures and protocols and understand how to tackle all jobs at-height as safely as possible.
2. Less Equipment, Less Risk
Compared to using scaffolding or cranes, rope access requires very little equipment and set-up.
Because of this, there is less space where something could go wrong and less equipment that could fail.
3. Less Time, Less Risk
Rope access is also by far the fastest and most efficient method of height access work.
Because of this, there is less time for complications to arise or for something to go wrong.
4. Safer for Passer-Byers
Rope access is also much safer for passer-byers of the building or construction site.
This is because all tools required for the job at hand are secured to Technicians via ropes and harnesses. In the event that a Technician accidentally drops their tool, it will stay intact to the Technician instead of falling to the ground and potentially harming pedestrians and other workers on the way.
Whether you are constructing a commercial building or simply replacing a window, using safety glass is nearly always required as per Australian Standards. Safety glass is designed and fabricated to be highly durable and very difficult to break. The characteristics of safety glass also means that it is significantly safer to the general public in the event of breakage.
Glass pool fences are a popular option for homeowners who want to create a luxurious and spacious outdoor area around their pool. They offer an unobstructed view of the backyard and keep children and pets safe from the water.
There are, however, many regulations that your pool fence must comply with in order to ensure absolute safety.
Glass Pool Fencing Regulations
When it comes to your glass fencing specifically, you must ensure your fence satisfies the following requirements.
Must be at least 1200 mm tall all the way around (measured from the outside of the pool). If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fencing, it must be at least 1800 mm tall.
The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground cannot be larger than 100 mm.
Vertical rails on the pool fence and gate cannot be more than 100 mm apart.
If using mesh pool fencing, holes in the fence cannot have a diameter larger than 13 mm.
The pool fence should be well-maintained and in functional order.
Pool fencing cannot be climbable. Any potential handholds or footholds cannot be within 900 mm of the top of the fence in any direction.
Glass Pool Gate Regulations
The following regulations regarding pool gates must also be satisfied.
All pool gates must be self-closing and able to latch by themselves.
Pool gate latches must be in good condition and working order.
The gate must open outwards, away from the pool.
For a frameless glass pool fence, the latch must be opened from the other side (poolside of the gate).
The gap between the glass gate and anything else must be less than 10 mm.
If you’re wanting to install glass fencing around your pool, contact Magic Glass today. We can manufacture and install custom glass fencing to suit your safety and aesthetic requirements.
All Magic Glass pool fences are manufactured and installed in compliance with NSW regulations, so you can rest assured knowing that your pool fence and gate is as safe as possible.
Bird-proofing your building can present countless benefits for you and your building’s inhabitants. These include:
1. Blocked Gutters and Property Damage Prevention
A common cause of blocked gutters and property damage is bird feathers and nesting ruminants getting stuck in gutters. This can cause blockages and clogs in gutters and downpipes that often lead to water damage.
2. Glass Awning Damage Prevention
Birds are known to pick up rocks from roofs and drop them over the edge frequently landing on glass roofs/awnings below. This can be extremely costly to replace the glass. Magic Glass can install either netting on the pebbled roof to cover the rocks and prevent birds from picking them up, or alternatively install a debris catch net above any glass awnings to catch the rocks and prevent glass breakage.
In addition, birds can damage tiles and shingles when roosting on building facades.
3. Improved Property Aesthetics
Birds can also damage the aesthetics of your building. Bird droppings and nesting ruminants can make your building look dirty and can even lead to permanent discolouration of your facade.
4 . Protection of the Health of your Building’s Inhabitants
Bird droppings and feathers can carry transmissible diseases and parasites. This can threaten the health and well-being of your building’s inhabitants.
5. Reductions in Nesting Noises
Birds can be loud, especially when they’re nesting. Bird-proofing your building will ensure that the inhabitants of your building can enjoy peace and quiet.
6. Ecosystem Protection
Bird-proofing encourages native birds to nest in nature, rather than in buildings. This keeps them safe and improves surrounding ecosystems.
Magic Glass can offer long-term bird-proofing solutions for all buildings, low and high-rise. Our bird-proofing and pest control services include:
Harsh weather conditions can be a nightmare for building owners. Water, hail, and winds can bring moisture to your property which, if not sufficiently waterproofed, can drastically affect the aesthetic appeal and structural integrity of your building.
A sudden window breakage can be a dangerous and stressful event. Whether it is a completely shattered window or just a crack, it is important you have a plan of attack in order to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible. Here are Magic Glass’ 5 steps for tackling a broken window safely and effectively.
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.
Increasing the energy efficiency of your home can have substantial short-term and long-term benefits. Not only is it an effective way of reducing your carbon footprint, but it is also a worthwhile investment as it reduces your energy bills, decreases costs associated with weather damage and improves the value and marketability of your home.
Recent public service announcements from the NSW Government have included the pausing of construction work and further limitations on repair and maintenance works. Whilst most ongoing works will now pause, Magic Glass will continue to offer Emergency Repair Services.