Stylish and Functional: Explore Different Designs of Glass Windows for 1st Choice Garden Buildings
Do garden sheds, garden workshops and summer houses come with glass?
1/ Check to see what is used for the windows. Is it glass, which does not rattle, or styrene or perspex? If it is perspex or styrene then this is susceptible to scratches and will lose its clarity within a few short years. Is it toughened glass for safety?
How thick are the windows?
2/ Glass is normally at least 3mm thick. On many of the cheap sheds available they use perspex or styrene, which normally is ½ (1.5m) the thickness of the glass. This means that as it is so thin it moves when the wind blows it. It can also be noisy. It is used is because it is cheaper than glass.
How many windows open and do they have ledges?
3/ Do any windows open as standard, or if there an option to have an opening window, which would allow air to circulate in your garden shed. Do the windows have window ledges and are they sealed properly?
All our Garden Sheds, Workshops and Summerhouses Are –
All our sheds, with the exception of children’s playhouses, have proper glass windows which are 3mm thick (minimum). These remain clear and do not rattle when the wind blows. On the Diamond and Platinum garden buildings they have toughened glass as standard – no extra charge – how good is that? We can also offer Toughened, Laminated or Wired glass if you would like safety glass. Most of our buildings have opening windows as standard, or as an option. Also, on most of our garden buildings direct from us, they have proper window ledges and sealed.
Five Top Tips About Garden Buildings Windows
To try to help you make the right decision we highlight what you should look out for and what you should avoid and – as importantly WHY. Whilst we all want the cheapest price for our garden shed it’s really important that you ensure you buy a building which will fill all your needs and, very importantly, will stand the test of time. This is why you need to do a little homework beforehand. Yes, I know, we were all not keen on doing ‘homework’ but believe me, this homework is vital to ensure you are happy when your new building is delivered.
1/ What Types of Glass is There?
Glass is the normal option for garden sheds for the window and is normally horticultural glass. This is to a certain degree slight seconds in so much as there might be slight marks or blemishes.
Other alternatives are toughened glass, laminated glass and wired glass. Toughened glass is the recommended option nowadays and most good shed makers offer this as standard (free) or as an option.
2/ Tips About Types of Glass
The way toughened glass is made means that it’s very strong and, more importantly, if it breaks then it shatters in lots of tiny safe pieces rather than having jagged edges. Great peace of mind when there are children or grandchildren about. Laminated glass consists of two sheets of glass with an internal plastic shed effectively making a sandwich. This is incredibly strong and if it was to break the glass sheet stays in one piece. A further option is wired glass which is great for security. With this the glass is made with wire inside the glass so is very hard to break through. A bit of an ‘overkill’ in most instances. Often it’s cheaper to put bars on the windows for security.
3/ Beware of Plastic Windows
At the cheaper end plastic, styrene or acrylic is sometimes used as this is cheaper than glass. However, unlike ‘proper’ glass, these types of windows tend to rattle in the wind. Also, they tend to scratch and lose their clarity within a few short years, so not recommended. Besides that they are not as environmentally friendly as ‘proper’ glass as plastic-type windows are made from oil which is a dwindling natural resource. Glass is made from silica – one of the most abundant materials on the planet.
4/ How Thick Are The Windows?
Normal horticultural glass is about 3mm thick so is quite rigid but plastic, styrene etc are normally about half this thickness at 1½mm thick. This is why these types of windows will move in the wind. Toughened glass is normally thicker than horticultural glass and laminated is thicker again. Toughened glass is the recommended option.
5/ How Many Windows and Do They Open?
Check whether your proposed garden shed or timber workshop includes an opening window as many do not. Ask if there is an option for openers if required. Garden sheds windows should have a window ledge and be sealed properly to ensure water doesn’t come into the shed.
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