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Conservatory Glazing

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  • Safety glass is a Must Have!

There is a wide range of specialist glass available, including Low Emissivity (Low E) glass like Pilkington 'K' which, while more expensive to install, offers heating savings by making a double-glazed unit up to 30% more energy efficient than standard double glazing.

Pilkington also makes a self-cleaning glass, Activä. Please See: www.conservatoriesonline.com/activ_self_cleaning_glass.htm

However, especially if you have children, your main consideration might be safety in which case it would be prudent to specify either toughened or laminated glass throughout your conservatory.

Toughened glass, the cheaper option, is usually 4mm thick. If broken it shatters into small pieces of relatively harmless glass (untoughened glass, by contrast, breaks into potentially lethal shards).

Laminated glass is, is usually two pieces of 3mm thick glass separated by an interlayer – giving an overall thickness of 6.4mm. The glass cracks rather than shatters when broken as the interlayer holds the cracked glass in position. For this reason, laminated glass also makes an ideal security glass.

It is possible to combine toughened and laminated glass to make a double-glazed sealed unit.

Other Types of Solar Glass to check out are:

Celsius Performance Glass

www.conservatoriesonline.com/k2_conservatories_celsius.htm
And
www.k2conservatories.com/site/homeowners/page_16.aspx

Solar Control Glass

www.conservatoriesonline.com/solar_control_glass_uk.htm

Pilkington Activ™ Blue For Conservatories

www.conservatoriesonline.com/activ-blue-self-cleaning-glass.htm

 

   
     
 
     
   

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