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5 Common Myths About Glass and Glaziers

Optimum Windows
January 26th, 2023
Learn the truth about glass and glaziers with this handy list of myths busted!

Are you considering replacing the glass in your home or business? Consider upgrading the windows on your property. Having a professional glazier install and fit them is often the safest and most reliable choice. But don’t take it from us – there are many myths circulating about glass, glazing, and glaziers that might influence your decision-making. 

In this blog post, we will cover five common misconceptions so that you can make an informed decision when selecting your glasses and installing them with a qualified professional. So read on for a better understanding of everything that goes into choosing the right window glass for your property!

1. Myth: Glass is fragile and easily breakable.

Truth: Modern glass is made more substantial and more durable than ever. Tempered glass, for example, is four to five times stronger than regular glass and is often used in applications such as car windows and shower doors. On the other hand, laminated glass is made by sandwiching a layer of plastic between two layers of glass, making it even more durable and resistant to impact.

Another type of modern glass is called Low-E glass, which is coated with a thin layer of metallic oxide that helps to reflect heat and UV rays. This makes it ideal for use in energy-efficient buildings, as it helps to keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Additionally, Low-E glass is also useful in reducing glare and improving the overall comfort of the space.

Another popular type of modern glass is called self-cleaning glass. This glass is coated with a special material that breaks down dirt and grime when exposed to sunlight, making it easy to keep clean and maintain. It is commonly used in buildings and homes, as well as in outdoor applications such as solar panels and skylights.

Finally, there is also a type of modern glass known as "smart glass." This glass can be controlled to change its level of transparency, making it useful in applications such as privacy screens, electronic displays, and solar shading. It is often used in commercial and residential buildings as a way to control the amount of light and heat that enters the space.

2. Myth: Glaziers only work with residential properties.

Truth: Glaziers are skilled professionals who work with all types of glass, from residential windows, shower screens, pet doors, glass balustrades, and glass splashbacks to commercial storefronts and skylights. They are trained to handle various glass applications, including installation, repair, and replacement. We are proud residential and commercial glaziers.

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3. Myth: Glass is only available in the clear.

Truth: Glass comes in a variety of colours, textures, and tints, which can include frosted glass, stained glass and safety glass. Low-E glass, for example, is a particular type of glass coated with a metallic oxide layer to reduce the heat entering a building. Tinted glass is also available in various shades, including grey, bronze, and even pink, to provide a unique look and added privacy.

4. Myth: Glass is not an energy-efficient option.

Truth: Glass is a very energy-efficient material when used correctly. Low-E glass, for example, is designed to reduce the heat that enters a building, which can help lower energy costs. Double-paned windows are also an excellent option for energy efficiency as they provide an additional layer of insulation to reduce heat loss.

5. Myth: Glaziers only replace broken glass.

Truth: Glaziers are skilled professionals trained to handle a wide range of glass-related tasks, including installation, repair, and replacement. They can also provide custom cutting, polishing, and drilling services and help with the design and installation of custom glass projects such as shower enclosures, mirrors, and more.

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Glass & Glazing Truths

Overall, modern glass technology has come a long way in terms of strength, durability, energy efficiency, and functionality. It offers a wide range of options for architects, builders, and home-owners to choose from, and it can greatly improve the overall performance and aesthetic of a space.

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