Sunlight Through Glass: How To Prevent Colour Fading from UV Rays

Glass in our home is on the increase, with larger windows, conservatories and big patio doors on the top of many people’s wish list. It’s beneficial and uplifting to let lots of natural light into our homes but in the summer direct sunlight can cause problems. 

The UV rays of the sun can cause colour fading. This can happen even through double glazing. When our personal items or expensive pieces of furniture start to fade, it makes them look tired and worn. It can be disappointing and expensive, but this type of sun damage can be avoided. 

Why Does Direct Sunlight Cause Colour Fading?

The ultraviolet rays from direct sunlight can break chemical bonds which result in colour fading. This happens even through glass, as the UV rays are not blocked by the glass itself. 

How Can I Prevent Colour Fading From Sunlight Through Glass?

In the summer, we want to enjoy natural light in our homes whilst avoiding sun damage to furniture and other items. Here are our top tips for preventing colour fading without completely blocking out the sun.  

  1.  Voile or Net Curtains: a sheer fabric like voile or net can help to diffuse direct sunlight. Although you won’t block out UV rays, diffusing the light can stop the intense and direct glare that tends to lead to colour fading in fabrics and wood. This is a flexible solution as you only need to draw such curtains when the light is strong enough to need it. So if your room is only in direct sunlight at certain times of the day you might consider using curtains in a sheer fabric to add a layer of protection. 
  2. Glass film: windows can be fitted with types of film that help to absorb or reflect uv rays. These are relatively easy to apply and can be effective in protecting from colour damage. They can also improve energy efficiency, and help your room feel cooler if it gets very hot in direct sunlight. 
  3. Tinted glass: compared to clear glass, tinted glass does block more uv rays. This makes it effective in reducing colour fading. Tinted windows can also improve energy efficiency and reduce glare. 
  4. Laminated glass: even more effective than tinted glass, laminated glass has a polyvinylbutyral (PVB) interlayer. This vastly reduces UV transmittance and is the most effective solution for a real problem with colour fading. 
  5. Frosted glass: just like voile and net curtains, frosted or sandblasted glass can help to diffuse direct sunlight. Allowing the light to filter through more gradually can help to avoid colour fading. Unlike sheer curtains though, frosted glass isn’t temporary. It’s best used in areas where privacy and light diffusion are beneficial the majority of the time. 

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Colour fading is a complex issue, as some colours, materials and pigments react very differently to UV light. If the sunlight is damaging items in your home the most important thing to remember is to reduce the intensity of the light, and the time it is exposed for. Nobody wants to see their favourite items fade. Keep them looking their best by protecting them against sun damage early on. You’ll be glad when your furniture still looks like new!

Glass Splashbacks or Tiles: Which is Best for your Kitchen?

When designing a kitchen, one of the biggest decisions is which splashback or tiles to choose. Along with your cabinetry and worktops, your kitchen splashbacks or tiles are one of the key elements which will shape the style and feel of your entire kitchen. Although splashbacks do play a large role in your kitchen design, they are primarily a practical feature. Splashbacks’ purpose is to protect your walls behind the hob or sink from any water splashes and food spatters. The splashback creates a surface that is stain-resistant and easy to clean, unlike paint or wallpaper.

When choosing your splashbacks, it’s important to consider both the functionality and aesthetics of the material. We’ll look at two of the most popular options – glass splashbacks vs tiles – and which is best for your kitchen. 

Glass Splashbacks

Glass splashbacks are an increasingly popular choice when it comes to protecting your kitchen walls. The glass used is strong, durable and heat resistant, making it perfect for any busy kitchen. The glass splash back will be cut to size to ensure it fits perfectly in your space, accounting for any plug sockets or obstacles. This creates a smooth and sleek unbroken surface to protect your walls. With a single smooth surface and the non-porous properties of glass, these splashbacks are much easier to clean and maintain than other options. No more mouldy and grimy grouting! 

Splashbacks made from glass can be manufactured in thousands of colours. This makes them the perfect choice if you have a specific colour scheme in mind. Whether you want to colour match a particular shade or go for a bold contrast colour, you won’t have any issues. There’s also the option to add effects such as colour flecks or sparkles for a vibrant finish. With their block colour and unfussy design, glass splashbacks are particularly popular in modern homes. The sleek look of a glass splashback will enhance any contemporary or minimalistic kitchen.

Benefits of Glass Splashbacks

There are many advantages to choosing a glass splashback. Some of the main benefits of glass splashbacks are:

  • A sleek and modern look
  • Very easy to clean and maintain
  • A smooth finish with no grouting means there’s nowhere for dirt, mould and bacteria to collect
  • Made bespoke to fit your kitchen’s exact dimensions
  • The messier and time-consuming prep work is done before installation
  • Incredible colour choice with colour matching available
  • Glass reflects light which can help make your kitchen feel brighter

Kitchen Tiles

white tiles behind sinkKitchen tiles are a classic choice when it comes to protecting your walls. Kitchen tiles have been used for decades and their neat look and versatility help them remain popular. You can opt to have tile splashbacks just behind the hob and sink where most splashes will occur, or tile the wall section above your work surface all the way along your kitchen. As with any material, the more tiling you want and the fancier the tiles, the greater the cost. However, your standard tiles do tend to be cheaper than glass splashbacks. 

Fitting tiles is a messier and longer process than fitting a glass splashback. As tiles come in set sizes and aren’t made to measure, there will always be some cutting involved to ensure your space is fully covered. Setting tiles, spacing them evenly and then applying grouting is a longer process than simply setting a pre-made glass splashback. What’s more, once installed, keeping the grouting in particular clean can take quite some effort. 

Ultimately, many people choose tiles because they like the way they look. Kitchen tiles come in a vast array of shapes, colours, patterns and textures so there’s bound to be something to suit anyone. There are some styles of home where tiles complement the design better than other materials. For example, in a country farmhouse style kitchen, a sleek glass splashback would look a bit out of place but rustic tiles would work perfectly. 

Benefits of Kitchen Tiles

Kitchen tiling and splashbacks have their own set of advantages. Some of the main benefits of kitchen tiles are:

  • A classic and versatile look that can suit any kitchen
  • A vast array of style choice available, including shapes, colours, patterns and more
  • Tend to be cheaper than alternative materials, particularly if you opt for plain tiles, clearance tiles or ‘seconds’

So, Glass Splashbacks vs Tiles – Which do I Choose?

Both glass splashbacks and tiles have their own benefits and charm. When it comes down to it, the choice will be based on personal preference and the style of kitchen you want. For a sleek modern home and a backsplash which requires minimal cleaning, a glass splashback is perfect. On the other hand, if you are looking for a cheaper material or want to achieve a more traditional or rustic feeling kitchen, tiles are a good choice

KLG Glass is a glass and glazing expert, serving customers across Nottinghamshire and beyond. At our specialist factory, we are able to create bespoke glass splashbacks in any colour, made to fit your kitchen’s exact dimensions. If you have any enquiries, simply get in touch with our friendly team today.

Will Double Glazing Save Money on Energy Bills?

Installing double glazing can save you considerable money on your annual energy bills. If you upgrade from single glazing to double glazing units, you could halve the amount of heat loss through your windows. With double glazed windows improving your home’s insulation, heat loss is reduced. This means it will take less energy to heat your home and your energy bills will, therefore, be cheaper.

How does Double Glazing Reduce Heat Loss?

Double glazing works by making use of two panes of glass instead of one. The small gap between these two panes of glass, which is usually around just 16mm in width, is filled with an inert gas such as argon. Argon is denser than normal air which makes it harder for heat to travel through it. So, not only does heat have to travel through twice as much glass as in single glazing, it has this dense gas to contend with too. Essentially, double glazing works in reducing heat loss by creating a more effective, 3-part barrier between inside your home and the outdoors. 

Double Glazing and Energy Efficiency

Double glazing is one of the key ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home. Along with cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, double glazing is a very effective way to reduce heat loss, make your home greener, and more cost-effective to run. By improving your home’s energy efficiency, you are making it better insulated against the weather outside, whether that’s cold winters or hot summers. 

Solid brick walls are better insulators than glass and so it’s your windows where a lot of heat loss occurs. In fact, over 18% of heat loss in a home occurs through your windows. With double glazing units, warmth from inside your home in winter can’t escape through your windows so easily. In summer, heat from the summer sun doesn’t transfer through your windows as easily, meaning your house stays cooler longer. 

How Much Money can you Save with Double Glazing?

home energy efficiencyIn a typical family home, double glazing can save you over £100 on your annual energy bills. The precise figure you can expect to save will depend on a couple of factors: what type of property you have, and the energy rating of the double glazing units you choose. 

Types of property

What kind of property you have will affect how much money double glazing can save you. For example, the reduction in energy bills for a 5 bed detached house will be greater than for a 2-bed terrace. With A-rated double glazed units, gov.uk estimates you can save:

  • Detached house: £120-£155 per year
  • Semi-detached house: £80-£110 per year
  • Mid-terrace house: £65-£85 per year
  • Bungalow: £55-£75 per year
  • Mid-floor flat: £40-£55 per year

Energy ratings for double glazed windows

Not all double glazing is made equal and there are some units that are more energy-efficient than others. There are a few schemes that rate the energy efficiency of windows, all of which work in a similar way to EPC ratings for houses. Window units will be rated alphabetically, with A being the highest and best score. In the British Standards Institute’s rating system, A+ is the best rating available and double glazing with this score will be the most efficient in preventing heat loss and saving you money.

KLG Glass offers sealed double glazed units for domestic and trade customers. With units made to order, we can create double glazing for any size of window. Get in touch with our friendly team today for further information. 

 

All About Magnetic Glass Boards: Your Ultimate Guide

Gone are the days of the standard whiteboard. There’s a new kid on the block, the magnetic glass board. Sleek and stylish, a magnetic glass noticeboard will add to your interior, help to foster creativity, and look great at the same time. 

If you haven’t heard of magnetic glassboards before, it’s time you found out more. As experts in glass, we’re here to answer all your questions on this popular type of noticeboard that’s sought after by many!

 

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What is a Magnetic Glass Board?

A magnetic glass board is a modern and decorative alternative to a whiteboard. Made of painted glass with a magnetic sheet of laminated steel attached to the back, you can use magnets to attach notes and important items to your glassboard. You can write on it and erase the writing just like a whiteboard too. It’s as simple as that!   

Magnetic glass board vs white board: What are the advantages?

 

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So, why would you opt for a magnetic glass board instead of a whiteboard? There are so many reasons, which is what these versatile boards are becoming so popular. Here are some of the top benefits of choosing a glassboard:

Decorative appeal: a decorative magnetic glass board can really transform a room. Whether it’s for personal use in a home or for businesses, there are plenty of choices to personalise a glassboard. Shape, colour and size options can be customised to give you something really unique. 

Clean appearance: a magnetic glass dry wipe board doesn’t smudge, mark or ‘ghost’ like a whiteboard can. It can always be wiped down to look clean rather than showing the remains of previous writing. This is a major advantage if you’re trying to create a tidy and attractive environment. 

Environmental concerns: glassboards are better for the environment. Whiteboards are made from plastic and are usually disposed of in landfill, whereas glass can be recycled.

Cost Effective: whilst the initial cost of a magnetic glass bulletin board might be more than a standard whiteboard, it’s more cost-effective in the long run. Whiteboards tend to need replacing every 4-6 years.  

Safety: glass boards can bear a much higher load than whiteboards, making them safer and sturdier. 

How to make a magnetic glass board

Professionally made magnetic glass noticeboards are created by attaching a layer of steel sheet metal behind the glass board. The board will be made from tempered glass with smooth, sanded edges to create a product that’s safe and looks stunning. It’s professionally painted using multiple steps to get an even and attractive finish. This process requires specialised tools and processes that are best left to professionals. 

Although some DIY glassboard making instructions can be found online, these have come under scrutiny due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for a magnetic glass board, choose a professionally made product that has been manufactured to meet safety standards.   

We provide glass cutting services for magnetic glass noticeboards. Why not get in touch to discuss your project? 

How to install magnetic glass board

 

 

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Large magnetic glass boards are heavy and should be installed carefully to make sure they’re properly secured. Here’s how to install one:

  1. Hold the board in the desired position. You might need two or three people to do this depending on the size of the board.
  2. Use a spirit level to check your glassboard is level. Mark the location of each mounting hole with a pencil. 
  3. Remove your glass board and place it in a safe place. Drill pilot holes in the mounting hole locations you have marked. 
  4. Screw in plasterboard fixings.
  5. Place a standoff over each plasterboard fixing and attach with a screw. 
  6. When all standoffs are flush against the wall, place a washer on each one.
  7. Lift the board into place.
  8. Attach standoff caps and fully tighten.
  9. Admire your new magnetic glass notice board!

If you want to install a new noticeboard for your home or business, it’s time to consider the magnetic glass board. We love them and we’re sure you will too!