As a skilled tradesman, a glazier is tasked with cutting, installing and taking out glass; they also to the same with some plastics and certain other materials that are used as glass substitutes. Glaziers typically work with glass in a variety of settings and surfaces.
These include doors, windows, shower doors, storefronts, skylights, mirrors, display cases, facades, tabletops, ceilings and interior walls. Below are details of some of the different services offered by a glazier:
Installation of Windows
Glaziers have the skills, expertise and equipment to cut windows that will fit into any opening in your home or place of business. These professionals are particularly adept at using non-traditional material like fiberglass, vinyl and aluminium to frame windows. Installation of windows goes beyond merely finding the right framing and glass to fit into it.
The process also involves complying with the building codes, particularly where commercial enterprises are concerned. It is required by Australian standards that glaziers use safety glass to install new windows. In addition, proper mechanical devices and correct framing must be used to make sure that the window can serve as a route of escape in the event of emergencies.
Installation of Safety Glass
A major part of the training programme for glaziers is the correct repairs of safety glass in both residential and commercial applications. Not only does safety glass provide protection against breakage, but it safeguards against harsh weather such as heavy wind, hail and storms as well.
Tempered glass and laminated glass are the two most common varieties of safety glass. Tempered glass is the material that has had exposure to an extremely elevated level of heat that causes the glass to become harder and more resilient against impact.
In addition, this type of glass is designed so that if it breaks, it will shatter into smaller bits that are less likely to cause injury. Furthermore, tempered glass is typically used on frameless shower doors and in storefronts.
Multiple sheets of glass are attached together, via a plastic layer, to create laminated glass. Additionally, the glass is coated with a film to safeguard against harmful UV light. Based on your security requirements, the glass thickness can be customised.
These experts can also upgrade your existing glass by installing low emission film or tinting the glass. Basically, glass tint is a film applied to sliding doors and windows that chemically reacts with the glass and safeguards it against weather degradation, sunlight and UV rays.
The low emission film and tint film are similar; however, the former is fabricated into the glass throughout the manufacturing process, instead of applied to existing glass. This type of glass lowers the volume of heat that passes through it; however, unlike tint films, it decreases glare without making the room dark.
The tint film, which is made from PVC, is applied to the inside of the glass. Based on your personal preference, a glazier can use a medium or low tint to keep your house or business place cooler and lower cooling costs.