The normal glass used in garden sheds is horticultural glass. This is glass which is very slightly seconds with maybe a little distortion in it. As its use is in the garden for an outdoor building this is perfectly adequate for this job. You will find that this glass will retain good visibility and will not discolour. The only downside to this is that the glass, if it breaks, will shatter into jagged sections. This is not normally a problem unless children are about and could be at a slight risk. This horticultural glass is not used on the Diamond or Platinum ranges of garden sheds but is used on the Humber and Sapphire buildings.
Toughened glass is particularly good for garden sheds and can be found on the slightly better range of wooden buildings such as the Diamond and Platinum ranges. This glass is not seconds in any way and the glass, because of its manufacturing process, is VERY resistant to breaking. Even if it's hit very hard it's unlikely to break and, if it does, the glass will break into small harmless granules, like car windscreens from many years ago. With its strength and clarity it allows natural light to flood into your garden shed. Besides that its strength makes it very hard for intruders to break and this increases the security of your shed. There are no negatives to mention with this glass. Perfect if you have young children or grand children about. Available on both Diamond and Platinum garden sheds as standard.
Laminated glass takes the stage of strength even further as it consists of two layers of glass and a plastic layer. It's constructed by sandwiching the plastic in between the two outer layers of glass and this makes it nearly impossible to break. If the glass does get broke, which is very unlikely, then the glass stays together in one piece. The better 'con' is its cost over toughened glass. The toughened glass option is the best one all round as it combines strength, security and peace of mind at a reasonable price. The toughened glass is included at no charge on Diamond and Platinum buildings. However, if you would like laminated glass we can always get a quote for you.
Wired glass is used where a high level of security is required in a garden shed and where the ability to see outside is important. The glass is made with a wire mesh inside the glass so means that even if the glass was broken, which would be hard to do anyway, the internal wire still creates a formidable defence against intruders. Manufacturing the glass is very expensive and cutting glass to size is very time consuming so this option is probably the last one to use on a garden shed. I would suggest that the toughened glass used on our Diamond and Platinum garden buildings are more than adequate and you could always fit metal bars to the windows if security is an issue. Wired glass is not a normal option but we would always be happy to request a quote for you.
On cheap garden sheds you will find that they use either plastic, perspex or acrylic in their windows and the reason for this is that these materials are cheap. The problem with these items is that they are also very thin and you will find that on windy days they will 'flex' and be quite noisy. Also over the years they will discolour which reduces the light into the shed. And being made from oil they are not as environmentally friendly as glass products which are made from silica (one of the most abundant material on our planet). These shed companies will claim plastic, perspex and acrylic are safer than glass. Well maybe a little safer than horticultural glass but definitely not better than toughened glass used on our Diamond and Platinum garden sheds and workshops.
How To Guide:- Fixing and Types of Shed Summerhouses Windows
The windows on sheds and summer houses rely on the windows to let light in so are crucial to your enjoyment of your new garden building. The way these windows are fixed to the building is also crucial so you need to be aware of the method used. The reason for this is so that you don't end up with leaking windows which can be a nuisance.
There are various ways as to how the windows are secured into place. You will often find that they are 'dry fixed' using timber beading. This is a very good way of keeping your shed or summerhouse dry provided the beading is pushed up tight against the glass. Some building only use small nails or brads to secure the glass in place and this can sometimes leak. Another option is with a mastic or sealant around the outside edge of the glass and the shed wall or even with sealant behind the glass.
When I had my garden shed company, which I started in 1979, we use to use the dry fixing method but this was supplemented with a window ledge with a recess cut for the glass to sit into. The beadings were fixed from inside the shed or summerhouse and pressed tight against the glass. This was also more secure as the beading could not be removed from outside - Continue reading --
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