Glass In Your Home: A Complete Guide

December 1, 2015 - 3 min read

Installing glass in your home can help lower your energy costs, create a sleek, modern look and add security. See the other benefits of installing glass.

When it comes to selecting glass in your home, how do you know you’re getting the most bang for your buck? From choosing the right window positioning for optimal energy efficiency right through to making all the glass in your home safe for children, there’s a number of things you need to consider. Whether your building or renovating, we’ve got a great little glass-buyer’s guide that covers all your questions about design, security, energy efficiency and safety.

Things to Consider When Installing Glass Features in Your Home

Energy Efficiency

light streaming from window
When it comes to making your windows more energy efficient, there are a number of choices you can make depending on your budget. An easy-to-do, low-cost solution is caulking and weather-stripping to stop air leakage through cracks and crevices. Also, adding a protective layer of tint to your windows will help make the glass in your home more energy efficient and safe.

When building or renovating, always install double or triple-glazed windows. These might be more expensive upfront, but they will save you money on energy bills in the long run. Also try to have as many north-facing windows as possible, as this will let more natural light in and minimise the need for costly artificial lighting.

Avoiding Glass-Related Injuries

Broken safety glass
Safety glass in your home will prevent glass from shattering and minimise the risk of injury. In 1987, new laws were introduced to ensure all homes are fitted with safety glass. Do you live in an older home? Not sure if it’s fitted with safety glass? Short of breaking it, it can be next to impossible to tell unless you’ve installed it yourself. Have your local glazier take a look through your home and make sure your glass is up to standard.

Kids and glass just don’t get along. When it comes to preventing glass-related injuries with your children, there are a number preventative measures you can take, including:

  • Blocking low-lying glass & windows with household objects
  • Ensure all your glass is up to standard
  • Avoid purchasing glass-topped furniture
  • Educate your children about the dangers of glass

Glass Aesthetics

The correct use of glass can really open up your home and add a sense of class and elegance. Your choice of window frames, the size and shape of your windows and the amount of windows you have in your home are all crucial factors you need to consider when building or renovating your home. Talk to your local interior design expert about choosing windows that will complement the overall design of your home.

Keeping Secure With Glass

Burglar breaking through a glass window
A common point of entry for burglars is through your windows. To ensure your home is as safe as possible, you should have thick rigid windows installed, along with strong window frames and high-quality key operated locks. Make sure all your doors and windows are locked whenever you leave the home.

Need help with glass in your home? We’ve featured a Newcastle glazier who’ll be happy to assist!

Toronto Glass

If you need fast and affordable glass repairs in your home, look no further than Toronto Glass. Their services include:

  • Glass replacement
  • Broken window & door replacement
  • Security doors & security screen installations

With a 24-hour emergency service and free quotes available, it makes sense to call Toronto Glass for a quality, same-day glass repair. Visit their LocalSearch profile for more information on their services and how to get in touch with their friendly staff.