Windows and glass are fundamentally powerful design elements in our homes.
Choice of performance glass can insulate from the cold, reflect the heat, keep our homes quieter and connect us with the outside, while protecting us from weather, injury and intruders. Your selection of windows and doors, together with your choice of performance glass, can contribute to the overall security and safety of your home.
Vlam Hush is a special laminated glass with a 3-ply interlayer that is designed to dampen sound in critical frequencies. It’s also a Grade A safety glass and blocks 99% of UV light to help reduce fading of furnishings.
Viridian IntruderGuard looks like normal glass, yet is 20 times harder to break through than standard float glass. Specifically developed to offer a resilient and enduring barrier, IntruderGuard is 7.52mm laminated glass that has an interlayer four times thicker than normal laminated glass.
In Australia, standards AS1288 and AS2208 specify that all low level glazing (close to the floor), internal and external glass doors, shower screens, balcony balustrades and overhead glazing must be Grade A Safety glass. However, safety glass can be used throughout your home.
Toughened glass is created by passing annealed float glass through a heat furnace, producing 4–5 times stronger glass. If toughened glass is broken it shatters into small fragments, minimising the risk of injury.
Laminated glass is manufactured by adhering two or more sheets of glass with a flexible interlayer. The interlayer is made from polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and prevents the glass from disintegrating when broken.
Southern Star double glazed windows are made from two panes of glass that are separated by a layer of argon gas and then sealed. Those layers act as insulators and allow less heat to escape and less cold to enter due to higher density.
Viridan VFloat offers improved solar control compared to ordinary glass, helping to reduce the sun’s heat through the glass.
Viridian ComfortPlus is a single glazed low emissivity glass with special durable coating that is fused to the glass that helps to control the flow of heat both in and out of the window. It offers improved insulation compared to both ordinary glass and Viridian VFloat and is available in a range of colours and solar control options.
The Southern Star Group also offers several obscure glass types. Cathedral glass is a beautiful classic style that makes a bold statement with a visible wave texture; Translucent glass is a more contemporary style with its opaque frosted effect, and Satinlite blends classic and contemporary, offering a stylish alternative to standard glass.
With so many choices available, you can really customise your windows and doors to suit your application as desired. Glass types are just one of the elements customisable when creating an ideal window or door product: amongst material, colour, configuration and much more.
For more information about glass choices or how a product can specifically be customised visit a showroom or speak to a representative today.