Broken Glass Emergency Repairs and Replacement Sydney
Get your broken glass repaired or replaced in Sydney. We supply and install a wide range of glass and aluminium. We are available for emergency glass repairs and replacement. Protect your home or business from the weather, and keep you family and staff safe from broken or damaged glass. Call us now if you have any emergency glass repair or installation need including windows, shopfronts, splashbacks, shower screens, louvres, security doors, awnings, stacker doors, glass fencing and balustrades. Our glaziers are experts in glass repairs and replacement and we install according to the Australian Standards.
Glass Installation Sydney
Glass is used to protect us from the elements; wind, rain, the cold and heat. Glass allows light in and keeps insects out. Glass can also be beautiful as well as functional. Frosted and patterned glass can turn a window or door, into a piece of art, and add quality and style your home or commercial premises.
Taking into consideration the availability of energy efficient glass, bushfire ratings for awnings, doors and window frames, toughened and security glass, sound proof and acoustic glass, and the hundreds of textured and decorated glass available, Amazing Glass can help you choose the right glass for the project at hand.
Plain Sheet Glass
This glass is made by passing the molten glass through rollers; this process gives an almost flat finish but the effects of the rollers upon the molten glass makes some distortion inevitable. The glass can be used in domestic windows etc, but generally restricted to glazing greenhouses and garden sheds where the visual distortions do not matter. Sheet glass can be cut a glass cutter and no special equipment is necessary. The glass is often available in standard sizes to suit ‘standard’ glasshouses, these sizes tend to be comparatively cheaper than glass cut to size.
Annealed or Float Glass
Float glass gets it’s name from the method of production. The molten glass is ‘floated’ onto a bed of molten tin – this produces a glass which is flat and distortion free. Float glass can be cut using a glass cutter and no special equipment is necessary. Float glass is suitable for fixed and opening windows above waist height. It is also the starting material for more advanced products such as laminated glass, toughened glass and coated glass.
Insulating Glass or Double Glazing
Two or more panels of glass are bonded to either a metal or thermoplastic spacer. Air or argon gas fills the space between the glass panes. Their primary benefit is insulation and solar control. Most types of glass can be incorporated into an insulating glass unit.
Toughened glass is produced by applying a special treatment to ordinary float glass after it has been cut to size and finished. The treatment involves heating the glass so that it begins to soften (about 620 degrees C) and then rapidly cooling it. This produces a glass which, if broken, breaks into small pieces without sharp edges. Toughened glass is ideal for glazed doors, glass portions of building facades, glass sliding doors and partitions in houses and offices, low level windows (for safety) and for tabletops (where it can withstand high temperature associated with cooking pots etc.) Toughened glass is treated to be far more resistant to breakage than annealed glass, and to break in a more predictable way when it does break, thus providing a major safety advantage in almost all of its applications.
Laminated glass is made up of a sandwich of two or more sheets of glass (or plastic), bonded together by a flexible, normally transparent material. If the glass is cracked or broken, the flexible material is designed to hold the glass fragments in place. Some laminated glass provides decorative internal finishes to the glass while others act as fire breaks. Laminated glass is used extensively in building and housing products and in the automotive and transport industries. Most building facades and most car windscreens, for example, are made with laminated glass, usually with other technologies also incorporated.
Surface coatings can be applied to glass to modify it’s appearance and can enhance low maintenance, special reflection/transmission/absorption properties, scratch resistance, corrosion resistance, etc. Coatings are usually applied by controlled exposure of the glass surface to vapours, which bind to the glass forming a permanent coating. The coating process can be applied while the glass is still in the float line with the glass still warm, producing what is known as ‘hard-coated’ glass. Coated glasses can be toughened, laminated or incorporated into an insulating glass unit.
Energy efficient Glass
Float glass with a special thin coating on one side allowing the suns energy to pass through in one direction while reducing the thermal transfer in reverse. The special coating often gives a very slight brown or grey tint to the glass. This type of glass is normally only used in sealed double (or triple) glazed units with the special coating on the inside.
Glass that is designed to resist physical attack, ballistic and bomb blasts. These products are specialist laminates that use multiple layers of glass and rigid interlayers depending on the resistance required.
Wired glass incorporates a wire mesh in the middle of the glass. Should the glass crack or break, the wire holds the glass together. It is ideal for roofing in such areas as a garage or conservatory where it’s ‘industrial’ look is not too unattractive. Wired glass is generally not considered a Safety glass as the glass still breaks with sharp edges. Wired glass is available as clear or obscured.
Mirrors are usually made from float glass 4-6mm thick, and silvered on one side. Mirrors are available for use without a surrounding frame, these usually are made from a type of safety glass. Old mirrors, and modern mirrors supplied within a frame, should not be used unframed as any damage to them might cause the glass to shatter. To produce mirrored glass, a metal coating is applied to one side of the glass. The coating is generally made of silver, aluminium, gold or chrome. For simple mirrored glass, a fully reflective metal coating is applied and then sealed with a protective layer. It can also include a vinyl backing for safety. To produce ‘one-way’ mirrors, a much thinner metal coating is used, with no additional sealing or otherwise opaque layer. Mirrored glass is gaining a more prominent place in architecture, for important functional reasons as well as for the aesthetic effect.
Patterned (obscured glass)
Patterned glass is flat glass whose surfaces display a regular pattern. The most common method for producing patterned glass is to pass heated glass (usually just after it exits the furnace where it is made) between rollers whose surfaces contain the negative relief of the desired pattern(s). Patterned glass is mostly used in internal decoration and internal architecture. Today, it is typically used for functional reasons, where light but not transparency is desired, and the patterns are accordingly subtle. However, it has also at times been fashionable as a design feature in itself, in such cases often displaying more prominent patterns.
Self Cleaning Glass
Float glass with a special thin ‘photocatalytic’ coating on one side. This coating uses the ultraviolet rays from the sun to steadily break down any organic dirt on the surface using the photocatalytic effect and thus loosen the dirt from the glass. Self–cleaning glass also has ‘hydrophilic’ properties which means that when rain runs down the pane of glass, it will wash away the dirt previously loosened. Together, the ‘photocatalytic’ and ‘hydrophilic’ effects allow the glass to stay cleaner for a longer period than untreated glass. Small particles of dirt will loosen and (providing there is rain) be washed off fairly quickly, however, bird droppings and other large bits of dirt, will take longer to be cleaned off. Self cleaning glass may, from time to time, need additional cleaning and great care needs to be taken with such cleaning to avoid damaging the surface coating – never use any abrasive cleaner, check with the particular manufacturer for detailed guidelines. If additional cleaning is carried out, the self-cleaning properties may take a period of time to become active again.