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Trade Suppliers – Complete Glass Projects

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10 years!

Complete Glass Projects works closely with Sydney trading companies to give you the most appropriate glass for your business.

 

Vision 3 are loyal and cherished clients of Complete Glass, and what they have to say displays the passion and commitment we strive for:

Michelle Hurley, Account Manager at Vision 3

“We’ve got clients where they, you know, ring us up and thank us. For using such a great company such as Complete Glass. And that reflects really well on us as window endorsed suppliers.

The point of difference with Complete Glass, is that they are super organised. What struck me in those first sort of, two or three weeks was the level of communication that he had and the knowledge that he had about the jobs. It wasn’t just another job get a subbie to do. It was all about actually having the result at the end, was that the client was really happy and that the glazing did the window justice.

Lisa works for Campbell and, she is always updating us with what’s happening. Whether it’s… “Yes we’ve ordered the glass,” “we’ve booked in for this day”

 

Omar Rutherford, Director at Vision 3

“We first started to work with Campbell and Complete Glass about three and a half, four years ago. Along the way of fifteen years, we’ve obviously had a lot of glaziers that, we’ve employed on and off. I dare say probably about half a dozen at least. Campbell is by far the most professional.

When Campbell’s involved especially in the sight glazing aspect of it. More importantly it’s probably the high end housing that we do, on the beaches. He does what he says he’s going to do. He’s always on time and does a great job.”

 

Campbell very proudly had this to say in response:

“I love working with Vision 3, because our communication is so clear. We get to talk everyday by phone or text or email, and Michelle and Omar just are always looking to improve the system for their clients. Making sure that their clients are happy at the end of the day. And they’re always happy to take on some suggestions. If it’s to install larger glass or use a crane for better safer installations, it’s never a problem.”

 

Watch the below video to learn more about Complete Glass as Trade Suppliers:

 

 


 

About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1800 916 744 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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About Complete Glass

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years!

Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years.

The proud Project Manager, Campbell Hyde, had this to say:

“I love seeing how the finished product comes together with the glass and the natural light and knowing that we’ve created something special for their client. At Complete Glass, we offer the feel of a smaller company with the capacity to handle the major works. The moment that everything clicked for my purpose was when I became a father and the stresses of business changed because I went home and I realised that I was going through these day-to-day challenges for a reason, and the reason is to provide for my family. I want to leave my clients with the highest finish as I would leave it for my family.”

What our clients had to say about their experience with Complete Glass:

Michelle Hurley, Account Manager at Vision 3

“The point of difference with Complete Glass is that we are extremely organised. What struck me in those first sort of two or three weeks was the level of communication that he had and the knowledge that he had about the jobs. It wasn’t just another job get a subbie to do. It was all about actually having the result at the end, was that the client was really happy and that the glazing did the window justice.”

John Ellis, Builder at Structure Building

“Well looking at buildings we’ve got windows and we’ve got windows. So this is a window, it’s like a massive piece of glass. Not every company is going to have the capability of actually delivering this type of glass because there’s a lot of risk involved in it. For Campbell, he specialises in these pieces of glass. He’s able to deliver these, get them installed and bring them in on budget. That’s what I really liked about it.”

Heather Rollo, Homeowner

“When we had a big house in Turramurra and we had a very difficult window problem to solve and Campbell was like, yeah, can do attitude. And the one thing that I really loved about it was that he said to me, “we’ll make this look really nice”.

Campbell’s loving wife, Kelly Hyde, also had something beautiful to say:

“When I met Campbell, I noticed that he was a very driven person. He is very passionate, when he likes something he really goes for it, and he is very approachable. Campbell is an amazing dad. He loves making people happy. He loves hearing that recognition of people being satisfied with the job that he does and feeling proud of the work that he can say, oh, I did that.”

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About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1800 916 744 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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Complete Glass Offers Emergency Glass Repairs In Surry Hills

Complete Glass has 24/7 service to resolve any glass issues you may have in Surry Hills!

 

Surry Hills residents can eliminate the stress involved with glass emergencies by calling Complete Glass – any time, any day.

Glass problems come up in every home. But sometimes these problems are unable to wait. Anytime there are window cracks or leaks, it can put your home at risk. When this becomes an issue, it is important to contact a professional for help immediately. When in need of an emergency glazier, Surry Hills residents can count on Complete Glass to provide them with quality service.

Our residential glazing specialists are expertly trained to serve all of our customers quickly and efficiently. Our talented glaziers are all experienced and knowledgeable so that they can help fix any emergency situation that arises in your home. When you call Complete Glass, our technicians come out with a fully stocked, professional work van, supplied with everything they need to fix your problem and get your home back to normal.

All of the work our glaziers do will have a lifetime workmanship warranty to give you peace of mind. With 10 years of experience in all aspects of glazier work, our professionals know how to fix your residential emergencies, window repairs and any issues that may come up. With quality workmanship and efficient service, Complete Glass will always meet your needs.

When it is time for an emergency glazier, Surry Hills residents need someone they can count on. Whether it is twelve in the afternoon or twelve in the morning, you can always count on Complete Glass to solve your problem and get your home back to operating safely anytime something comes up.

 

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About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1800 916 744 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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Need a Glazier in Fairfield? Be Sure To Choose a Professional!

Complete Glass offers quality glass repair, replacements and installation services!

If you’re needing professional glaziers in Fairfield, then call Complete Glass today!

It’s an unfortunate truth, but every once in a while, you will hire a glazing company who is not all they are cracked up to be. Due to the lack of experience, a lack of ethics, or both, they might provide poor services or glass repair solutions, leading to a whole slew of potential concerns and unfortunate outcomes for you and your home. The simple solution is to find a reputable professional, and Complete Glass, trusted and dedicated glazing experts in Fairfield, want you to know how to tell the difference between a professional and an amateur.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that whoever you’re hiring has the correct credentials. This means that they will be knowledgeable about the work, have the proper paperwork to validate their claims of skill and experience, and will be certified in the manner of an appropriate professional. Our talented glaziers are all highly trained experts, dedicated to the craft, and able to assist in all kinds of home projects, whether that be window installations, repairs, or replacements.

A quality glazier company will be professional. They arrive on time, are courteous, genuine, and above all else customer focused. You can get a sense of the kind of company you’re dealing with, and when you come to us, you’ll have uniquely qualified professionals who are precise, dedicated, hardworking, and friendly.

The benefits you gain when working with professionals? In addition to the above, you gain the peace of mind in knowing that your home projects, be it big or small, will be handled with care and completed with accuracy. A great glazier company will keep open lines of communication with you, and hopefully form a lasting relationship that you can trust for years to come. That’s our goal at Complete Glass, so if you are in need of a glazier in Fairfield, be sure to get in contact with us today!

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About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1800 916 744 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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Western Sydney Homeowners Can Call Complete Glass Services 24/7!

For any glass emergency, Complete Glass will be there to solve all your issues!

It may be inconvenient, but dealing with window leaks is something most of us can only handle for a few hours. But when there are major problems with your windows, like a smash made from a falling branch, you need a glazier fast.

For an emergency glazier, Western Sydney residents can count on the expert glaziers at Complete Glass Projects.

When your windows suddenly smash, it can be a major hassle to find a glazier you can trust. At Complete Glass, our residential glazing specialists are ready, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to come out and provide you with any emergency service. Our team will always come out with a fully stocked, professional work van, ready for any glass emergency that comes up.

Glass issues can be dangerous. When any part of your window or glass door is cracked, this could be quite hazardous. This is an emergency that needs to be addressed immediately, whether it is two in the afternoon or two in the morning. Don’t allow your home to be at risk! Call Complete Glass anytime, day or night and our glaziers will come out and get your home back to safety and working order.

 

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About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1800 916 744 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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How To Find The Quickest Glass Repairs In Sydney!

Complete Glass has 24/7 service to resolve any glass issue in Sydney!

Sometimes, glass issues can’t wait. Perhaps a storm hit last night and now there’s a massive crack in your window Or maybe your glass door has been around for too long and starting to show the number of times it’s been slammed shut.

In both of these situations (and many others), you don’t have the luxury or time to wait a few hours for a glazier to come and solve the problem. On the contrary, you need the issue fixed right now, and at Complete Glass, that’s precisely what we will do.

Indeed, if you are looking for the quickest and most reliable glazier in Sydney, look no further than Complete Glass. Our talented team of glazier experts not only have the tools and experience necessary to fix your glass problem quickly, but we also maintain a flexible schedule that means we can get to you quicker than anyone else!

The bottom line is, too many glaziers in Sydney (and everywhere else, for that matter) are not sympathetic to the time sensitive nature of their customers’ glass problems. Since our inception 10 years ago, Complete Glass has never been that kind of company, and we never will be. Our business is all about helping people, and if helping you means jumping through hoops to get to your workplace in a flash, we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen.

 

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About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1800 916 744 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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Should You Replace All Your Windows At Once In Sydney?

When considering window replacements, we’ve noticed many people asking if they should replace all their windows in the one big job, or if they should be replaced individually.

Do you have a similar question? Then you’ve come to the right place, and hopefully after this read you’ll have all the necessary information to make a more informed decision.

Like any costly project, there’s many things to consider, so if you’re planning window installation or replacements in Sydney, it’s time to think efficiently.

From what we’ve seen, the majority of people prefer replacing their home windows separately due to economic and financial reasons, but is that really the smartest choice? Probably the most important thing to keep in mind is choosing the most efficient and trustworthy window company in Sydney, selecting one known for providing quality services, like Complete Glass Projects.

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Why Shouldn’t You Replace One Window At A Time?

As we mentioned earlier, many Sydney homeowners like to replace one or a few windows at a time to save money. These people also like to replace windows that only serve the most purpose in their life, forgetting about the more hidden ones. For example, people wanting more light in their home would typically only consider replacing windows in the areas they use most, like their kitchen or living room.

The main disadvantage to partial replacement projects is that it actually may end up costing more in the long term. Say someone had ten windows in their Sydney home and only replaced seven of them, it will most likely cost more to replace the remaining few in the future then what it would’ve if done all in the same job.

Another key downside is the differences in look! The new windows often look completely different to your older ones, featuring different colours and materials, which can alter the overall look and curb appeal of your house.

Finally, you should always keep in mind how time-consuming window replacement can be, so if you have a busy lifestyle with a bunch of young ones, it’s much more time efficient to replace all windows at once.

Signs You Need Window Replacement

If you’re still on the fence and would rather partial window installation, then it’s important to pay attention to the signs that your window needs replacement.

Here are some:

  • Leaks – The first factor you need to consider is water leakage. If you have several windows in your Sydney home, then you should replace those first with leakage issues. However, some minor leakages can actually be fixed easily, but if the leakage cannot be repaired, then it’s time to take quick action!
  • Broken Glass – This is also an important sign that points to window replacement. Broken glasses hamper the look of your house, and by not replacing them, you are only making your home less secure and unsafe.

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About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1800 916 744 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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Everything You Need To Know About Commercial Glazing

What is Commercial Glazing?

You may not realise but there are a wide variety of commercial glazing examples surrounding you in civil and commercial areas. A couple of common examples include the drive-thru window at your local McDonalds or a shopfront window.

Sydney Commercial glazing is an important factor in the functionality and design of these windows. To simply explain, commercial glazing is glazing that is used on commercial buildings and almost every commercial building needs it! In contrast residential glazing includes glazing on residential properties like window panes and doors on your home.

When Sydney glass is installed in residential or commercial markets the needs and priorities are vastly different. As stated, most residential buildings use glass for their windows, doors, sunrooms and skylights. However, in commercial buildings glass is commonly used in large proportions to fill vacant wall space. As the scale and the size of a majority of commercial properties are much bigger than residential properties, a special commercial glazing process is required. The type and quantity of glass required will be different as will the installation and the glazing procedure.

Commercial projects require glazers that have had in depth training, tools, materials and safety equipment. If there is a curtain wall that needs to be installed scaffolding or other safety measures may have to be used to complete the installation in a safe manner.

The Applications Of Commercial Glazing

Commercial glazing Sydney is not just used outdoors, but is also used indoors and there are a wide variety of applications that you may not expect. Commercial glazing can be installed to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the building, or, a combination of both!

Commercial glass interior applications most commonly include office venues made with glass walls, doors and interior foyers. Another interior application with commercial structures includes the use of custom glass and mirrors. Commercial glass exterior applications most commonly involve storefronts, curtainwall systems, display windows. These provide the entire exterior of the commercial building to have an extravagant finish. Curtainwall glass does not carry the the weight of the roof and therefor needs specific engineering to be correctly designed and installed for the commercial structure.

Here is a more extensive list of common Sydney interior and exterior applications.

Commercial Glazing Interior Applications:

– Custom Mirrors
– Custom Glass
– Furniture
– Railings
– Shelving
– Door Closures
– Flooring
– Skylights
– Acoustic Glass
– Glass Floors

Commercial Glazing Exterior Applications:

– Storefront Glass
– Windows
– Security Glass
– Curtain Glass
– Security Glass
– Entrance Door
– Solar Panels
– Teller Windows
– Atriums

The Benefits Of Commercial Glazing

Commercial glazing has a variety of benefits for commercial buildings. Most commercial buildings are installed with walls and windows made out of glass that has particular solar glazing to decrease solar heat gain. This specific type of glazing is great for limited energy spending. Double and triple glazing is also beneficial in commercial buildings. Double and Triple glazing is less common but is starting to gain traction in residential buildings. Commercial glazing is beneficial as it provides excellent thermal performance as well as enhanced acoustics.

Commercial glazing is a great option to create natural light in areas where many people are occupying for long periods of times such as office spaces. The thermal insulation that this glazing offers is also beneficial for these areas. Buildings that have substantial insulation through commercial Sydney glazing have reduced cooling costs during the summer months and reduced heating costs during the winter months. This generally is not cost effective for residential buildings, however, it can be great to reduce the maintenance and operation costs for office buildings, medical centres or supermarkets.

Materials for Commercial Glazing

Glass is obviously the first material that comes to mind when thinking of glazing. When glass is used for glazing, it is quite often double or triple glazed to provided additional benefits like thermal performance and acoustic insulating properties. Double glazing includes the process of using two glass window panes (or three for triple glazing), that are separated by space to reduce the heat transfer.

Despite this, there has recently been a rise in plastic sheeting. Generally, commercial glazing industry experts use different types of acrylic and polycarbonate setting for commercial glazing applications. Choosing plastic sheeting for glazing applications provides improved performance, cost and energy savings. There are different plastic types and they provide various benefits.

The Benefits of Acrylic Plexiglass for Commercial Glazing

This Acrylic sheeting can be up to 50 times stronger than glass and is beneficially half the weight. This therefore makes installation a lot easier and improves performance overall. Simply put, the lighter the materials weighs, the easier it is to handle, allows for cheaper shipping and handling costs. The acrylic sheets are naturally UV stable, allowing for a perfect optical view that can be used as the best substitute for regular glass. This clear acrylic sheeting is ideal for commercial Sydney glazing. Acrylic AR2 scratch-resitant sheeting is also a great modified alternative for areas that have high-traffic.

The Benefits of Polycarbonate Sheets for Commercial Glazing

Polycarbonate is rapidly starting to be the most popular option for commercial glazing as it has exceptional impact resistance and is shatter resistant. It is even stronger than acrylic sheeting, and is almost 100 times stronger than glass. Similarly to acyclic sheeting, it is also extremely light weight. However, unlike acrylic sheeting, these polycarbonate sheets are not naturally UV stable. Despite this, you can add an extra layer of protection to one side of the sheeting to provide extended longevity when the sheet is exposed to the sun. As polycarbonate plastic is becoming a popular choice for commercial Sydney glazing due to its strength, there are a variety of modified polycarbonate sheets that are used in glazing such as:
– Bullet-Resistant Polycarbonate
– Polycarbonate AR2
– Trupoly SL Polycarbonate
– Multiwall Polycarbonate

About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1300 147 247 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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What Type Of Glazing Is Best For My Window Wall

At Complete Glass we are glazing experts.

With a variety of glazing types on the market and we know it can be confusing to know which is right for your project. Glazing comes in various thicknesses, energy performance enhancements, colour tints and decorative films we are here to guide you to the correct solution for your project.

In this post we will be discussing size considerations for window wall glazing, the most appropriate glazing for thermal performance and safety, glass options for decorative and privacy applications and unique glass types with technological advancements.

The Size Of Your Windows Matter!

In Sydney, the most noticeable attribute of window walls is their size and span. Glass can now be fabricated to full story heights and wall to wall expanses to form very large openings.

The size of the individual window units is only retrained by the fabrication capacity of the glass manufacturer. The rise in technology and fabrication ability have pushed the limits on the size of glass.

You may have some some modern houses showcasing full floor to ceiling panels of glass which were once though inconceivable. Although these windows have a great visual appeal, they also come at a higher cost. Simply put, the larger the unit of glass, the higher the price.

It is recommended by most Sydney window manufacturers to stay below 4.6m2 of glass per unit. Anything more than this and the costs will start to rise. It is also important to note that very large pieces of glass could limit the number of glass fabricators that can make the piece of glass itself.

It’s important to note that big operable windows or doors are not only limited by the glass fabrication company but also the window and door hardware. The capacity of hardware will be vital to the weight and proportion of the unit getting bigger and heavier.

Great the Layers = Greater the Efficiency

It is common that most modern windows are made up of double or triple-paned units. Windows that are multi-paned (2-4 layers of glass) have either an air or gas-filled layer between each individual sheet. This filler layer adds extra insulation and enhances the thermal performance of the entire glass panel. These insulated glazing units are sometimes called IGUs for short.

It is common for most window wall manufacturers to use double paned IGU’s for their standard window assembly. Most single paned windows aren’t energy efficient enough. If you are concerned with the energy loads you should consider triple-paned windows or choosing higher performing glass panels as we will describe below.

What Glass Is Best For Thermal Protection?

As windows do no have a great thermal performance in comparison to solid walls, most glass manufacturers are working towards technological advancements to make windows more sustainable and energy efficient. Most windows companies now offer a wide range of windows that are energy efficient.

Below are the most common glazing options to improve thermal performance:

Low-Emissivity (Low-E) Glass – This is glass that has a special invisible coating to reflect and block out heat, all while minimising UV rays from passing through the glass.

Reflective Glass – This is glass that has been treated with a metallic coating to help reflect heat and radiation rather than absorbing it. Reflective glass reduces heat gain and visible light transmission. There are two methods that are used to do so, colour tints and reflective films.

Colour tinted glass – This is glass with small colour additions such as bronze, green, blue or grey. It can help to regulate solar heat gain by absorbing the heat. The colour is homogenous throughout the expense of glass and will not affect the basic properties of the glass itself except for solar energy transmission.

Reflective films – This involves a reflected film that is applied to one side of the glass to decrease solar gain. This in turn reflects more light and often has a mirror effect.

Of these two options it is most common for Low-E glass to be used on window wall project and manufacturers usually provide this as a standard for a range of window systems to help reach the energy requirements of today’s codes. Reflective glass is generally used in the commercial sector for storefront systems and curtain walls.

Safety Glazing Options For Window Walls

When designing a Sydney window wall system you must also consider its safety. As we know, glass is sharp when it is broken, therefore there are ways to minimise hazards associated with glass breakage, using tempered and laminated glass options.

Tempered Glass – This is a type of safety glass that is stronger both physically and thermally to normal glass. When this type of glass is broken it shatters into granular pieces instead of splintering into jagged shards of glass. The tempering process makes the outer surfaces into compression and the inner surfaces but tension. These granular pieces are far less likely to cause injury.

Laminated Glass – This safety glass holds itself together when it is broken or shattered. It has a special interlayer that sticks between the glass layers.

Decorative & Other Types Of Unique Glass

In addition to temperature regulating and safety options for window glazing, there are also a variety of decorative Sydney window options for privacy and other features. These are not standard or traditional window wall systems so you may need to request and enquire.

Some include:

Translucent Glass – This is achieved with sandblasting, acid etching or applying a specific film to make the glass less transparent for privacy or decorative reasons.

Self-Cleaning Glass – This is glass that has a chemical coating that reacts with the daylight to minimise and break down organic dirt. It cleans itself via both daylight and rain.

Bird-Friendly Glass – This glass is patterned with a UV reflective coating. It is visible to birds but not to the human eye therefore it remains translucent to us.

Electrochromic Privacy Glass – This glass can turn opaque or translucent with the flick of a switch (electrodes are installed to the inside of the glass and when an electric current runs through it, the ions react and move to reflect light). It is most commonly used for privacy reasons.

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About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1300 147 247 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >

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Types of Window Glass: What’s Best for Your Home?

Complete Glass are Sydney’s expert Glaziers. We’ve been servicing Sydney for over 10+ years with fast, efficient, and affordable glassing solutions.

If you’re interested in new glass windows for your home or replacing your existing glass windows, you naturally want to do your research and make sure you’re picking the right kind.

While you don’t need to be an expert, it is helpful to understand common terminology and the various types that are available. So without further ado below is a detailed list on the various types of window glass, so you can choose what’s best for your home or project.

Float Glass – Float glass is named for the process of forming molten glass into large, flat panels. During the process, molten glass is floated on molten tin, producing the smoothest possible large, thin glass panel. This is a basic sheet of glass before it is cut, treated, upgraded and set into a frame – a starting material for your window. This is low-cost, colourless glass as the starting point for what will become quality windows, glass doors and panels.

Safety Laminated Glass – Laminated glass is an extra-strong, security-enhanced glass created by fusing at least two panes around an inner layer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral). This process uses a high heat and pressure fusion process to create a super-strong panel.

If you need glass to stay put in the frame if it’s broken, for safety or security reasons, this would be one of your best choices. After all, it’s laminated glass technology that you’ll find in your vehicle’s windshield: ensuring that an object colliding with the glass does not strike the occupant and spray glass shards inside.

Obscured Glass – Obscured glass is any type of glass which allows light to come in, but can’t be clearly seen through. Obscured glass patterns may be frosted, etched, coated or otherwise designed so that you can’t look through it and see more than vague shadows of what’s behind. That’s why this is the most popular type of glass for bathroom windows, shower doors and entry door areas.

While there’s some debate on whether it truly affords enough privacy for bathrooms and showers or not, obscured glass is usually worth it to anyone who wants more natural light indoors.

Annealed Glass – Annealing is the slow, meticulous and controlled process of cooling a panel of float glass. The purpose of this process is to strengthen the glass by reducing the stress caused to it by quick cooling.

This is usually the next step for float glass, and now further upgrades can be done. Annealed glass is not the ideal choice for windows, as it’ll leave shards and large, sharp pieces if it is broken.

Tinted Glass – Tinted glass is any kind of glass which has coloring added. This can be done for several reasons, including design aesthetic, privacy and reducing heat from sunlight. Tinted glass can also be a form of protection against harmful UV rays.

You usually see tinted glass on vehicles, skylights and decorative panels, but you can also use it for external windows to bump up your privacy factor a little bit.

Tempered Glass – Tempered glass is annealed glass – only with quadrupled strength. Tempered glass can’t be cut, so the tempering process takes place only after the annealed glass is cut and finished in the desired size. The glass is heated to above 1200 degrees and then quickly cooled. To make heat-soaked tempered glass, the panes are baked at 550 degrees.

If the glass is unstable, it’ll break. This method tests the glass before it’s used in any real-life applications. You probably have tempered safety glass in your car, so that you can break them out in case of an emergency.

Insulated Glass – Insulated glass windows come in a unit that is optimized for energy efficiency. They may be two or three panes of glass, with argon in the spaces between the panes. The glass panes in an insulated unit are typically laminated or tempered security glass.

An insulated glass window unit also has a desiccant component, ensuring that condensation won’t form in between the panes where you can’t wipe it off. Insulated glass windows are a great choice for exterior glass that’ll help you keep your heating and cooling costs down. Not all insulated glass units are created equally, so be sure to compare your options for the best energy efficiency ratings.

Mirrored Glass – To create mirrored glass, a panel is given a metal coating on one side. This coating is sealed with an extra protective sealant, creating a mirror effect. You usually find mirrored glass being used in a decorative capacity, such as on walls, furniture and doors. Mirrored glass is pretty, but it’s not usually used for exterior windows.

Low-E Glass – Low emissivity glass is specially coated to reflect thermal radiation. The low-e coating keeps out infrared rays, while light still filters through. Why is this so beneficial for homes? During the summer, heat is directed away from your house, and in the winter, your indoor heat is reflected back in the house and won’t escape through the windows.

This translates to lower heating and cooling costs. Low-e glass can be a pricey investment, but the savings in the long run can make it worth it. Some types of low-e coatings cause tinting, so be sure to check out some samples in person to make sure you’re okay with how the glass will look installed in your home.

Wired Glass – Wire glass isn’t necessarily considered a security glass, but it’s a fire-resistant glass. That’s why it’s most commonly used in schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings. The grid of wires built into the panes will actually hold the glass in the frame if it shatters under high heat – such as a building fire.

It can also withstand a blast from a firefighter’s hose without blowing shards out everywhere. While wired glass works great for many commercial applications, you don’t often see it used in residential home design.

Heat Strengthened Glass – To make annealed glass panels twice as tough, it’s reheated above 1200 and then cooled. It’s not cooled quite as quickly as tempered glass, so it’s not as strong. Heat strengthened glass is tougher than lower grades of glass, but it can still shatter and break into sharp pieces. It’s not often used for exterior windows until it has also been laminated.

About Complete Glass – 

Complete Glass has been delivering premium glazing solutions to Sydney for over 10+ years! Starting out in Western Sydney, we quickly grew and begun servicing the inner West and then central Sydney. Our commitment to quality finishes, professional craftsmanship and friendly service has seen our business grow rapidly in the past five years. We would love to hear from you and help with any glazing project you may have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via 1300 147 247 or alternatively you can email us via our contact form >