If you are looking at renovating, or you are at the planning stage of a new build, then the decision on what type of glass to be installed is very important. The following are a few examples to consider:
• Choosing the correct thickness and type of glass will depend on where the glass will be used, it’s application and it’s compliance with the current safety codes. For example, Bathrooms are an especially high-risk area requiring safety glass, since most glass-related accidents in bathrooms are potentially very serious.
• If you are living close to a loud noise source such as a busy street, you have probably become used to unfiltered noise that comes in through your windows. New high performance windows will cut the amount of noise coming in your house. Metro Performance Glass has an acoustic laminated glass called SoundStop. This acoustic laminate glass can reduce sound by use of a vibration dampening inter-layer that fits between two sheets of laminated glass.
• To minimise the chances of injury, the building code requires that glass that is used in areas where there is a chance of human impact must be Safety Glass. Safety glass is used in many situations such as structural glazing, balustrades and glazed doors. This type of glass comes in two main forms, toughened glass and laminated glass. An example of the use of safety glass would be where renovations to a home change a room that is not currently a bathroom into a bathroom. This may impact on the glazing requirements and necessitate the upgrading of the glazing materials that exist.