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What is the difference between laminated and toughened glass?

Many people require a strong security glass for their premises to not only hinder thieves, but also to protect visitor safety. Strong glass is important, also, for worktops and other glass structures around the home. The two main options are toughened and laminated glass, but there remains some uncertainty surrounding which is better, and what the difference is between the two options – this article will help offer clarity and guidance.   What is toughened glass? Toughened glass, also called tempered glass, is a high strength product that is up to five times stronger than ordinary glass. This makes it harder…

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Windows Energy Ratings Easily Explained

It is estimated that up to 20% of your home’s energy is lost via the windows, giving true meaning to the phrase ‘throwing money out the window’. Understanding your window energy ratings can stop you getting caught out and landed with a hefty energy bill. In this guide, we’ll be helping you get smart about energy ratings, and covering how they can help you and your home. What are Window Energy Ratings? Window Energy Ratings (WER) is a system to determine how energy efficient your windows are; in other words, how effective they are at gaining and retaining heat. Similar ranking…

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Single Vs. Double Vs. Triple Glazing: Heat Loss & U-Values

Warm air moves towards cold glass and a typical house loses 10% of its heat via the windows. This expensive loss of energy can be combatted by investing in the right type of glazing for your home, in order to boost your property’s thermal efficiency. Single Vs. Double Vs. Triple Glazing Single Glazing Conduction occurs easily with single glazing, as there is only one layer of glass between the inside air and outside air, allowing energy to escape more readily.   Double Glazing Double glazing is the installation of two sheets of glass, with spacer bars fixed around the edge to…

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Cracked Glass on your Woodburner? Here’s How to Fix it

Has the glass on your woodburner suddenly cracked, or been damaged by an accidental knock by your fire logs? Cracking can happen due to a range of reasons, but the two most common causes are impact and use. Impact Impact damage often comes of a result of force, such as: If you’ve overloaded the firebox with logs for fuel, you may have knocked the stove glass into a log protruding from the box, resulting in the glass cracking. Glass hit from the outside by a heavy object can also result in cracks. Usage Although woodburners are extremely sturdy due to the…

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5 Tell-Tale Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Not sure if you need new windows? A total replacement of all your windows can be a big investment, so it’s sensible to wait until you need them. However, short of a smashed window, it can be difficult to tell when your windows are on their last legs, although there are a few telling clues that indicate when it’s time. Here’s what to look out for when deciding if it’s time to replace your windows: Damaged or broken windows Of course, a smashed window is the clearest sign it’s time to call Abbey Glass and get fresh glass for your frames….

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Tallest Glass Skyscrapers in the World & their Views [Infographic]

Source: Abbey Glass Burj Khalifa As the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa pushes engineering to limits never before seen, and completely redefined the possibilities for the design and engineering of skyscraper buildings. Completed in 1,325 days, the innovative building project involved over 380 leading engineers and on-site technicians to oversee installation works. The Burj Khalifa’s exterior cladding is composed of close to 26,000 glass panels, using 142,000m2 of reflective glazing designed to enable the building to withstand Dubai’s extreme temperatures. Shanghai Tower Accommodating as many as 16,000 people on a daily basis, the Shanghai Tower is China’s tallest building, and…

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Does Double Glazing Reduce Noise?

Double glazing is composed of two sheets of glass with a small gap between them, leaving a 6mm air pocket. Standard windows, in contrast, are often just a single pane of glass and offer little in the way of insulation from the outside elements. The main advantage to installing double glazing for your home or commercial premises is the design’s thermal insulation properties, keeping your home cool in the summer, and stopping heat from escaping in the winter – saving valuable money on heating bills. Acoustic Insulation However, double glazing also provides acoustic insulation, blocking out noise from the outside. This…

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What is REHAU?

Here at Abbey Glass, we pride ourselves on using glass materials from only the best providers, ensuring that our customers receive a quality service throughout the process from design to installation. That’s why we use products from REHAU; in this article, we explain who REHAU are, and why we choose to supply their window and door systems. Who are REHAU? REHAU were one of the first companies to produce and sell uPVC windows and doors in the UK. Founded in Germany in 1948, the company now manufactures all of its UK products in a state of the art plant based in…

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glass balustrades

Where can you have Glass Balustrades?

A glass balustrade is the perfect addition to any home or commercial property for a sleek, modern look. Used originally as a safety barrier, the creation of glass balustrades in place of their conventional counterparts mean that you can ensure the security of your property without sacrificing on style. Here at Abbey Glass, our high quality glass can be made into a glass balustrade for both internal and external use, tailored to complement your decor no matter where you need it placed. We’ve listed some of the perfect places for you to install a glass balustrade for a touch of luxury…

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Splashbacks Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Abbey Glass, our experienced team are always more than happy to share our knowledge of the industry with our customers. We frequently advise our customers when they are choosing the right glass splashbacks for their home, so in this article we’ve compiled some of the frequently asked questions together for your convenience. Can I have a splashback in a kitchen, bathroom and shower? Glass splashbacks are suitable for not only use in the kitchen, but can also be effective in protecting the walls in your bathroom and shower. The splashback can be professionally sealed to ensure moisture does not…

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