Crystal Clear.

Published on 30th October 2013

It can be a complicated business, renovating your home. First there’s the design, then you have the technicalities; what materials should we use; how will we insulate; will it be light/dark/private enough; is it secure. Then you move onto the glass; life seemed simple when the question revolved around single, double, or triple glazing and cost was the main concern. Now, there is such a diverse range available that it can be confusing, so here’s a friendly Apropos guide for you to sit back and relax with as we walk you through our maze of amazing glazing.

Standard Glass – It’s a bit of an oxymoron, Standard Glass, but as Low-e (Low Emissivity) is now industry standard, that’s what we’ll call it. Used throughout Apropos structures, Low-e is created with a thermal coating on both sides of the pane to reduce the amount of heat which passes through in either direction.

Where a tougher, shatter-proof glass is needed for safety reasons, such as in pool rooms, Low-e Laminated is there to deliver identical performance and extra peace of mind.

Frosted, Satin and Ultra White Laminated are also available for places where a little extra privacy is required; ideal for bathrooms, lavatories and over-looked rooms.

Specialist Glass – While Low-e works well, in large, mainly glass extensions, such as orangeries, atriums and kitchen extensions, Solar Control may be called for. With a toughened inner and outer pane, this glass decreases heat transference by 65%, reducing heating and air-con bills by creating the Goldilocks effect; your ambient temperature should be ‘just right’ year round.

For boundary walls and older buildings with a greater fire risk Pyrocet provides a little extra reassurance; it is toughened, fire-resistant and helps to hamper the spread of flames.

Clever Glass – For glazed wall inserts on upper storeys, or the roofs of glazed extensions, the Pilkinton Activ range (Clear, Neutral and Blue) comes with the ability to clean itself. The solar-controlled glass is finished with a photocatalytic and hydrophilic coating which helps dirt to break down under the sun and wash away in the rain without leaving streaks.

If you’re wanting a room that’s permanently enriched with natural light but needs occasional privacy curtains may be the obvious answer, but they’re a bit old-hat and have a tendency to harbour dust mites, unlike Switch Glass, which can slip from opaque to clear at the flick of switch, giving you control whenever you want it.

If you would like to order your free copy of Apropos’ 2013 brochure please click here or call us on 0161 342 8200. To book a complimentary design consultation with our highly regarded design team please click here.

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