Add Value to Your Home With a Skylight

Add Value to Your Home With a Skylight

As a homeowner you may catch yourself thinking about the investment you have made in your home and how you could add additional value for a minimal cost. Perhaps you would like to install something to make your home more energy efficient or to make it more fashionable; if so, then the answer could be to put in a skylight, or two. 

If your goal is to decrease the amount of energy you use in your home a skylight can help. You can choose a skylight, which is essentially a large window installed in the ceiling of your room, to let in more sunlight which, in turn, will allow you to use less energy for lighting. Because it lets in large amounts of sunlight, you may also be able to decrease the amount of energy you use to heat the room in the winter. If you are concerned that this will make your room too hot in the summer you can get a skylight that has built-in blinds so you can close it off on days when it is extremely hot.

Innovative Ideas in Glass And Metal

Innovative Ideas in Glass And Metal

In the modern construction field, glass is used extensively for various functions. It is employed in interiors and exteriors, for the exploitation of its special advantage of providing and amplifying natural light resources. Since there is a lot of enthusiasm in the recent times among builders, to promote green building spaces, glass has become a special favourite, for its energy saving capacity. Glass exterior walls and interior partitions not only let in a lot of natural lighting, they also help save on energy expenses, by greatly cutting down on central heating and lighting costs. Moreover glass doors and partitions inside buildings, create a feel of extended space, by not restricting the viewpoint within cubicles and limited office spaces. The visual sense of continuity that glass partitions render, offer a spacious feel to the environment, and also enhances the aesthetics of the interior spaces, by incorporating the attractive features of the nature outside. Moreover, when compared with concrete structures, glass and metal finishes allow a lot of flexibility, for the ever-present need of renovations and remodifications in the modern commercial arena.

Glass furnishings in the interiors, not only attribute a sleek and trendy appearance to your commercial spaces, but are also easy to keep clean and maintain because of its smooth surfaces, that do not absorb dust or dirt. They retain their shine and sparkle for long, and enhance the brightness and sparkle of well-maintained interiors. The new trend of combining glass with metal finishes, in both inside and outside spaces, not only add to their aesthetic appeal, but also present a feel of strong qualities, by accentuating a sense of durability and security at first view itself.

Choosing Beautiful Kitchen Glass Backsplash Tiles

Choosing Beautiful Kitchen Glass Backsplash Tiles

Glass backsplash tiles are used to decorate your kitchen. These tiles would help you to give a new and exclusive look to your kitchen. Kitchen is considered to be the best place for trying new experiments. It is place where you try different tiles. You can decorate your kitchen with the help of the stone, glass and metal tiles. But you need to spend time on creating new and beautiful design. You should also use your imagination power to make your own design.

You will find variety of glass backsplash tiles. Choose the tile that attracts your attention. Glass backsplash ties  are available in different color, shape, size and texture. Decide which tiles are best for your project. Choose the tile that would fit into your need and demand.

You would find various types of designs in kitchen backsplash tile. These tiles are long lasting. There are many backsplash tiles which are not durable. So, you don't limit your choice. Try to experiment with different colors and design before you actually decide your design. Don't be afraid of using these tiles. These tiles are hand made. You would get a wide range of backsplash tile.

The most important factor about backsplash tile is that they are easy to clean and they are easy to maintain. These tiles have beautiful texture but very soon these tiles become dirty. There are tiles called stone tile. These tiles can be used to decorate the kitchen the only disadvantage of these tiles is that is quite spongy. But don't worry these tiles can be sealed to make them suitable for your kitchen. These tile are expensive are compare to other types of tiles.

Benefits Of Using Glass Splashbacks

Benefits Of Using Glass Splashbacks

One of the most essential parts of a house is the kitchen since it is where homeowners prepare, cook and eat meals with their loved ones. In addition, kitchens are also considered one of the places where the whole family gets together and spend some time talking and telling stories about their adventures. So, as a homeowner, it is wise to make kitchens a lot better and more comfortable for everyone.

When it comes to cooking, homeowners know that this task is quite messy. Cooking includes preparation such as slicing of vegetables and meat, chopping of ingredients and even mixing ingredients. Other than that, the splash of oil, grease and other liquid can also be an additional task that individuals need to clean up after they eat. When left for a long time, this mess can affect the overall aesthetics of the kitchen. It makes the kitchen a dirty sight to look at. Hence, the best item to use in order to reduce or get rid of these messes is by using glass splashbacks.

Glass splashbacks are items installed on the walls above the sink, cooktop or even bench top to protect the walls from messy splashes. Additionally, here are some benefits homeowners may obtain with the use of glass splashbacks.

Increased home value - Glass splashbacks are much expensive than usual ceramic tiles, stone and stainless steel. However, with its incredible features, these splashbacks can surely increase the value of your homes.

Glass For Architecture

Glass For Architecture

In the construction of modern buildings, glass has become an essential component. With modern technology, the permutation of glass types has been both varied and exciting. There have been applications in both small and large amounts - from kitchen wall splash backs, cabinetry and staircase balustrades and threads, to laminated double-glazing for office buildings and skyscrapers

So which type of glass is suitable for what kind of application?

Here we take a look at the different types of glass, their classifications and specifications, as well as the way glass is used.
Glass Types

1. Float Glass/Annealed Glass
- Distortion free
- Precision-flat
- Clearly transparent

2. Tinted Float Glass
- Solar control and absorption of solar radiation energy
- Cuts down heat transmittance 
- Reduce cooling load
- Glare reduction
- Tinted green, blue or grey

3. Low-Iron Glass
- High clarity and transparency
- Low iron oxide content
- No green tint that is inherent in normal float glass

Thermal Treatment
Glass is treated with heat to enhance its properties. The main benefit of the process is to strengthen the glass. Basically, float glass is heated to near softening point and then quenched by blasting cool air rapidly. The surface of the glass is compressed as it is cooled faster than its core, thus compressing it.

1. Tempered glass
- Impact resistance - can withstand the static load resistance 3 to 5 times that of float glass and impact resistance of 5 to 10 times of float glass of same thickness
- Temperature resistance - it can withstand temperatures of 150 degree Celsius compared to float glass which can only withstand temperatures of 40-50 degree Celsius
- Safety - breaks into small pieces instead of float glass which breaks into large knife-like shards that can cause injury

It is applied in shower screens, balustrades, signage, doors and windows and interior and other decorative uses due to its safety properties. It is also known as safety glass.

2. Heat Strengthened glass
- Impact resistance - is 2 times stronger than float glass
- Temperature resistance - it can withstand temperatures up to 295 degree Celsius. 
- Safety - breaks into larger pieces but holds within its frame as intermediate glass pieces support each other
- Impurities - there is virtually no impurities of nickel sulphide so there is little risk of spontaneous breakage.

How Laminated Glass Is Created

How Laminated Glass Is Created

Laminated glass is probably the most significant safety development in the auto industry since the seatbelt. It prevents more injuries than seatbelts each year. Laminated glass is used in a variety of industries around the world, but the most well-known is the auto industry. Laminated glass is used in windshields primarily because it is nearly impossible to break into shards or splinters, thus keeping the driver and passengers safe from flying shards of glass.

Structurally, there are three layers required to make laminated glass. There are two sheets of everyday glass, just like window glass, and the third layer, which is sandwiched between the two layers of glass, is a substrate which adheres to the glass. Both pieces of glass must be cut to the proper size, then be perfectly clean, free of any dust or debris. Dust or debris of any kind will compromise the integrity of the laminated glass, causing it to break, or even impairing the view of the driver when it is used in a windshield. There are often many more layers of glass and substrate used in applications other than the automobile windshield.

Only after the two pieces of glass are perfectly clean is the substrate heat-bonded to them. A substrate is a type of plastic, known as Polyvinyl Butyral, or PVB. There are two less well-known types of substrate used in the manufacture of laminated glass, Polyurethane and Ethylene Vinyl. The first substrates used to create safety glass were cellulose based, and darkened in the sun, thus impairing the driver's vision. There have been many attempts to use liquid substrates, but the cost of using chemicals to harden them or exposing them to UV light is very expensive, and is currently not a solution for use in the auto industry due to its cost-prohibitive expense.

Substrates must be applied to the glass in a climate-controlled environment. Temperature and humidity play a large role in whether the substrate adheres to the glass. Amazingly, the substrate is applied by hand, one of the few jobs in the auto industry that are less mechanized. The substrate is glued to the bottom sheet of glass, and then the top layer of glass is laid on the substrate and the bottom layer of glass, making a sort of sandwich. Any excess substrate is then trimmed off the glass around the edges. In order to make the clearest and safest windshield possible, the auto industry requires only three layers to a windshield, the two layers of glass and one layer of substrate. Other industries require more layers of glass and substrate.