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Glass facts

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Did you know that there are different types of glass?  

There are quite a few different types of glass and thickness.  Glass thickness varies between  a tiny 2mm thick up to whopping 19mm thick.   The glass used in making sealed units is called float glass.  Float glass is made in one sheet of molten sand (limestone, dolomite, feldspar and sodium sulphate) produced by flowing molten glass over a bath of molten tin allowing it to cool down slowly.


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Quality requirements for glass. The facts:

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Quality requirements for glass are that you shouldn't be able to see scratches,scars and rubs from a distance of 3 meters when standing at 90 degrees to the glass using day but not direct light.  This may sound like quite a distance but as glass is rolled in one piece it is quite an achievement to manufacture a pane of glass to this level of quality. 

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Laminated glass. The facts:

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One type of glass used in homes is laminated glass. This is made by bonding a sheet of plastic between two sheets of glass. A bit like a sandwich with the glass being the bread and the plastic as the butter.  Laminated glass is extremely hard to break which is why it is used in all car windscreens. 

Could a window, door or conservatory in your property benefit from being fitted with laminated glass?  Replace your existing glass or sealed units with laminated glass to make your house more secure.  

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Toughened glass. The facts:

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Toughened glass is made from float glass.  Float glass is made and cut and then it undergoes a toughening process.  Toughened glass is many times stronger that standard glass and when broken breaks into  safe,small uniform pieces. 

Toughened glass is used in windows and doors as it is also light and cost effective.

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Safety glass rules. The facts:

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Safety glass is a type of glass that breaks safely.

 Two types of glass are used in homes that comply with this:

.  Laminated glass

.  Toughened glass

Safety glass needs to be used when:

.  A piece of glass is below 800mm from the floor.

.  A door must have toughened glass up to 1500mm from the floor and where applicable 300mm either side of a door.

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Door and window locks. The facts:

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Did you know

All locks are rated for reliability and strength. Most locking systems in doors and windows can be upgraded without too many modifications.  Upgrading your lock is an easier, more cost effective way to make your home safer. 

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