Many DIY projects will include, at some point, the use of glass as a part of the process. Glass used to make doors, widows or skylights and window roofs can all need, at differing times, to be repaired or upgraded. There are many kinds of glass available to the DIY enthusiast, including glass for privacy and glass which has been designed with safety in mind. This article examines the different types of glass available, how they are made and in which situations they may be of use.
Also called safety glass, when this glass is broken, it breaks into small block-like pieces, which are not as sharp as fragments of broken glass. The glass is heated and then quickly cooled to allow this effect to take place. Toughened glass ideal for DIY projects which include internal jobs, such as shower door replacements or for areas where people congregate and play, such as next to the outdoor pool.
This type of glass is made with an internal wire mesh. This not only serves to stabilise and strengthen the glass in situations where the glass is broken, the mesh can help to secure and hold the glass together. This type of glass is popularly used for roofing projects, such as replacing or installing skylights.
Self Cleaning Glass
This glass is becoming more popular with the individual property owner; it once was mostly used only by larger businesses. Self cleaning glass works in two complimenting ways: a special coating which is placed on the surface by the manufacturer reacts with the rays of the sun to loosen and break off dirt, and as it rains, the design of the glass allows the dirt to be removed with the rain. This type of glass is becoming less and less expensive and can be a great improvement to a property when installed as a DIY renovation.
This glass is a great idea for using on internal doors, or outbuilding doors and windows. Also known as patterned glass, a design is added to one of the sides of the glass during manufacture. This creates a non transparent sheet of glass and is ideal for adding privacy to a room, area or building.
Laminated glass is also available. Two panels of glass are adhered to either side of a laminate middle section, and in the event of any cracks or breakages, the laminate binds the glass instead of allowing it to fall away. This is great for replacing indoor glass during a DIY project.
For more information, contact a business such as Westview Glass & Aluminium.