Glass balustrade with chrome handrail set around wooden decking.

5 reasons why you should use glass balustrades in your garden

We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of using glass balustrades inside your home. From their visual appeal to their wide-ranging practical benefits, there are plenty of reasons to pick glass for your interiors and we think we’ve made a compelling case for that.

However, we’ve not talked as much about the benefits of using them in your garden or on your patio. Glass balustrades have just any many advantages for use outside of your home as they do inside of it and make a great choice.

To even up our presentation, we thought we’d spend some time explaining the decorative and functional plus points of glass balustrades in your garden so read on to find out more.

What are the rules for glass balustrades in the UK?

The height and strength of external glass balustrades in the UK are covered by building regulations and standards. Meeting these legal requirements is the only way to make sure your glass balustrades are safe.

If you’re planning a balustrade for use outdoors, a lot of factors will impact which building regulations apply to you. For example, a balustrade that is used at or near ground level can be lower but if you use one near a large drop, it will need to meet a minimum height to prevent anyone accidentally toppling over it.

All glass balustrades will also have a minimum safety requirement around load-bearing strength to prevent them breaking and causing injuries. All balustrades need to use toughened glass but some may need specific types like laminated glass. These factors may be influenced by where the balustrades too.

This is why it is so important to find a reputable manufacturer if you are planning to install a glass balustrade. If you order with KLG Glass, we will talk you through your requirements and explain any modifications that may need to be made so they comply with building standards and regulations.

A glass balustrade edging a flowerbed in bloom.Why use glass balustrades outdoors?

There are a lot of reasons to use glass balustrades in your outside space. This includes both visual benefits and practical ones. Here are five of the most compelling reasons that could cause you to choose glass.

1. They are durable

The toughened glass used to create glass balustrades is incredibly strong, making it a perfect choice to use outside.

A well-made, correctly-fitted glass balustrade system can easily withstand the wilds of British weather conditions even in the depths of winter and they won’t suffer from heavy rains or moisture in the air.

2. They are safe

Being so strong, glass balustrades are also a safe choice. They need a very intense impact to break – an out-of-control football or accidental stumble won’t do any damage to them.

Depending on where you place your glass balustrade, it can even help you make your garden a safer space in general. As the glass panels used are solid, they are great for using around drops such as the edge of raised patios, garden decking and even around water. They will stop any small explorers taking a dangerous step making them a great choice for families or homes with pets.

If you’re concerned about the transparency of glass leaving it hard to spot in an outdoor space, then frosted glass will provide a visual barrier that eliminates even that concern.

3. They are easy to maintain

The shape and durability of glass balustrades also make them very low maintenance.

The smooth, flat glass surface is easy to clean, and dirt won’t get caked or ingrained into it. Cleaning them is just a case of warm, soapy water and a big soft sponge – followed by a dash of white vinegar to prevent streaks when they dry.

You also don’t need to worry about glass balustrades needing repairing, repainting or other maintenance. They won’t fade, warp or rot even under direct sunlight or wet weather. Instead, they will stay as attractive as the day they were installed without too much effort or care.

4. They show your garden at its best

Another benefit of external glass balustrades is that they can provide unobstructed views across your entire garden.

This makes them a fantastic choice to use for balconies, raised decking and patios, as you can keep these areas safe but still enjoy an uninterrupted view across your entire outdoor space. Unlike wood and metal railings that create barriers across your garden, severing sightlines and making your garden feel cramped, glass allows continuous views across the whole space.

Installing glass balustrades can even help improve the inside of your house too, as they won’t prevent natural light flowing into your house when they’re used in front of windows or patio doors.

5. They look fantastic

Of course, one of the biggest benefits that glass balustrades will bring to your outside space is the visual appeal they bring in themselves.

Pick a balustrade with a bright chrome handrail and fittings, and you can keep a clean, modern look across your garden. This goes wonderfully with a minimalist garden design, contrasting well with dark slabs, slate or gravel and complementing glass and rattan furniture.

Alternatively, a frameless glass design with simple panels will bring its own wow factor, a style feature in itself while also helping your garden feel brighter and even bigger. It is completely flexible across all furniture and garden designs and will add an elegant touch to any garden.

Are glass balustrades a good idea outside?

Choosing glass balustrades is a great way to improve the look of your garden, ensure its safety and even help create a sense of more space.

Here at KLG Glass, we can make you a bespoke glass balustrade system that looks fantastic and will last years. Contact us today to find out more.


Person using a tool to cut a large pane of glass

Glass Cutting: Everything You Need To Know

Glass is a flexible, attractive and versatile material that has many uses around your home. From providing insulation with double glazing to helping your spaces feel bigger and brighter using mirrors, and even adding an eye-catching design touch in a glass splashback, glass can be found in a  variety of places around your home.

As a material, people often take it for granted and don’t tend to think too deeply about it. And even if people consider aftercare like how to clean glass or how to replace it, they will rarely think about preparing it. Or how to cut it.

In this blog post, we’ll look at one of the underappreciated aspects of using glass – cutting it. We’ll answer all the most commonly asked questions on the subject, such as what tools you need and what types of glass stand up to cutting – and which don’t. 

We’ll share all the important information you need to know if you’re deciding whether to enlist the help of a professional glass cutting service or to attempt the process yourself, to help you decide which is a more realistic option for you.

How hard is it to cut glass?

The first question most people ask about cutting glass is how hard it is. Unfortunately, the answer is not particularly specific- it really does depend on a number of factors.

With the right cutting tools, the right thickness of glass, and a steady hand, cutting glass is quite a straightforward task. It’s a delicate job but definitely doable by most people.

However, many different factors can increase the difficulty level. The type of glass, its thickness and the size of the glass pane will all make a difference.

The main issue with glass is that you usually only get one attempt. If your glass shatters or breaks or if you chip or scratch the surface, the glass is permanently damaged and often unusable.

We’d advise reading this whole article before you decide whether to try cutting your own glass. If it seems too risky, then enlisting a professional is an obvious alternative with a guaranteed great result.

What is the best tool for cutting glass?

The easiest way to cut glass safely and without breaking it is to use a glass cutter tool. These usually have two or three parts:

  • the cutting wheel which will score a deep cut into the surface of the glass,
  • the handle which you use to move the cutting wheel,
  • sometimes, cutters have an in-built reservoir that adds oil to the surface of the glass to ease the cutting process.

Though this may sound like a simple setup (and it is), glass cutters are the quickest, easiest and most reliable way to cut glass. You can buy them at a range of price points too so they don’t have to be a major investment. We wouldn’t recommend trying to cut glass without one.

What type of glass cannot be cut?

Toughened, tempered and laminated glass are all difficult (if not impossible) to cut. These types of glass are all treated to increase their strength – in fact, they are up to 5 times stronger than untreated or standard glass.

The strengthening process also alters the structure of the glass, which means it breaks differently. For example, treated glass is harder to break because a higher pressure is compressed within it. To cut it, you need to disrupt this distribution and that will shatter the glass completely or weaken it so much it is no longer usable.

For this reason, it is better to have toughened glass or laminated glass cut to meet your exact requirements before it undergoes strengthening. So if you; ‘re ordering treated glass in a bespoke size, make sure to get accurate measurements before you order – and triple-check them too!

If you do desperately need to alter the size, contact a glass-cutting professional rather than attempt it yourself.

Can glass be cut into any shape?

It is possible to get standard glass cut into any shape. This includes shapes with straight edges, such as squares and triangles, and curved shapes such as waves or circles.

In fact, choosing shaped glass can help you add decorative detail to windows, doors and mirrors.

It is a lot easier to cut glass with a straight cut or edge using a guide. Look into cutting tools and guides if you’re planning a more detailed or difficult shape.

And, if you are looking for something particularly intricate or decorative then consider asking a professional glass cutter to cut it for you to ensure a clean cut that doesn’t damage the glass.

Person cutting a thin sheet of glass using a guideWhat thickness of glass can a glass cutter cut?

The easiest glass thickness to cut yourself is around 4mm. Glass thinner than this is more fragile and likely to break easily, while thicker glass will be much harder to score. If you are looking to cut 8mm thick glass (or thicker) you will struggle without the help of an industry-standard glass cutter. Again, it is better to enlist the help of a glazier.

However, any glass thicknesses around 4mm should be possible to do yourself, as long as you have the right tools, follow the right steps and are patient and steady with the process.

Is there a machine to cut glass?

When it comes to glass cutters, most professionals will do it using a specialist glass-cutting machine. This allows them to cut glass accurately without damaging it. These may be fully automatic, running from computer programming, or require some human input. Either way, the machine will make sure that the pressure is always perfect to protect the glass from being broken or scratched.

The ability to completely control pressure means that glass-cutting machines are also able to cut through thicker glass.

These machines use a variety of methods to cut panes of glass including diamond cut, water-cut and laser cut.

While glass machines are incredibly precise, efficient and reliable they are also expensive. They’re certainly not a worthwhile investment for most people.

Can I cut glass at home?

If you’re cutting small or cheap panes of glass it is definitely possible to cut your glass at home. It is best to make sure you have spare glass in case you need more than one attempt, and a good idea to test your skills on scrap glass before you attempt your final job too. With the right tools and a careful hand, you can get a great result with glass cut at home.

However, if you’re looking to cut large, thick or expensive panes of glass it is always best to get your glass cut professionally instead. Here at KLG, we will cut glass to any shape or size at competitive prices, so you don’t have to worry about carrying out a tricky task or wasting any resources.

Contact us today with your exact requirements to find out more about our glass cutting service.


What Is A Sash Window?

If you’re looking to replace the windows in your home, you may not even have considered sash windows. Most people turn to casement windows as default and unknowingly, miss out on the many benefits and undeniable appeal of sash windows.

If you’re not sure what a sash window looks like, how it works, or whether it would suit your property, then we’ve put together this post to answer all your questions. 

We’ll look at the difference between a casement and a sash window, the benefits that sash windows have, as well as their disadvantages. We’ll cover all the common questions people ask about sash windows, and help you decide if a set of sash windows could be right for you.

What is A Sash in Window Terms?

A sash window is made of two window panes, these are called sashes. They open by sliding so that one pane sits behind the other to create an opening. Picture a set of sliding doors, sash windows open in a similar way. However, unlike sliding doors, they tend to open vertically rather than horizontally. 

Sash windows were first seen in the Georgian period and they became popular because their shape and structure could support much larger windows than casement ones could. They continued to be popular throughout the Edwardian and Victorian periods ans these days they are still the second most common window design in use.

What Is The Difference Between A Sash Window And A Casement Window?

The difference between sash and casement windows is the way they open. Sash windows slide to open, whereas you open casement windows by pushing them outwards. 

This makes a sash window a fantastic space-saving option for ground floor windows, particularly when they open onto narrow or frequently used paths or walkways. 

How Do Sash Windows Work?

Traditionally, sash windows open on a pulley system. This makes the window easier to open, distributing the weight and giving a smooth opening action. This is also what holds the weight of the window when it’s open and stops it from slamming shut under the pull of gravity. To do this, a counterweight is fitted to a ‘sash cord’ which runs over the pulley. 

Sash windows that work via this pulley system are called ‘Box Sash’ windows. This is the most common version of sash windows and the most reliable. However, this is not the only type of sash window available.

What Are The Different Types Of Sash Windows?

Box sash windows are an original style of sash window that has been used for centuries. However, there is another type of sash window available which is more modern, this is called a spiral balanced sash.

Rather than using gravity to hold the window open, a spiral balanced window uses a spring-based mechanism to counterbalance the weight. The appeal of this modern sash window is that it requires a smaller window frame, this is because the workings of the window (the counterbalance mechanism) are visible.

With a box sash window, the pulley mechanism is built into the frame of the window. This gives it a much sleeker look and protects the mechanism from dust and dirt so that it operates smoothly and has a longer lifespan. 

What Are The Benefits Of Sash Windows?

As we’ve outlined above, one of the biggest practical benefits of sash windows is that they are less obstructive.

They are also a great choice for family homes, as they tend to be a lot safer than casement windows. This is because they give you more control over how far you open them and they are also safer to fix into position.  Also, unlike the hinges on casement windows, the workings of a box sash window are neatly enclosed in the frame, making them much safer for smaller fingers.

The counterweight system also increases the safety of sash windows. If you are opening them upwards instead of outwards, there is no chance of losing your own balance if the window opens quicker or further than intended.

However, the biggest benefit of sash windows is undeniably their looks. The character and elegance of sash windows help them bring aesthetic appeal to any home. They can bring a classic and traditional touch to modern homes, adding personality and kerb appeal to homes that can sometimes be left with a bland appearance. They also fit in perfectly with a range of period properties from tall townhouses to smaller cottages.

What Is The Point Of Sash Windows?

Visual appeal is not the only reason you may want to invest in a sash window. This traditional window style dates back to the 17th Century making it a fantastic choice to install in period properties if you are trying to keep your home authentic.

If your home dates between the 1700s and the 1900s, then it was likely built with sash windows. This style was popular during these periods because it supported big windows to create bright rooms. 

These days having an authentic window design in older homes can help them hold – or even increase their value. It will always help create a more cohesive, consistent and attractive look for your home too. 

If you live in a designated or conservation area, you may even be required to have sash windows to support an authentic look for the street.

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Sash Window?

One of the big disadvantages of sash windows is their cost. Due to the mechanism that opens them they use more materials and are more complicated to make naturally this is reflected in the cost. 

Traditional sash windows may also offer less ventilation than a casement window. If they have a fixed panel, you will only ever be able to open half the window will limit the airflow that circulates through them, compared to having two panels of a casement window flung open.

Of course, this works the other way as well. Sash windows with two sliding sashes actually offer significantly better ventilation, as you can open them to create a gap at the top and the bottom of the window. This allows air to circulate more fully.

Will Sash Windows Add Value?

Did you know that installing a set of quality sash windows can even increase the value of your home?

Many original sash windows in period properties have since been replaced with standard casement windows as they were considered to have a ‘similar look’. They were also cheaper and boasted the same energy efficiency savings, though they will also have a lot shorter lifespan.

However, there is a massive difference in the quality and look of cheap casement windows and traditional sash ones. This meant that replacing the original sash design with casement windows seriously dented the visual appeal of many homes. The effect was so negative that it even reduced their resale value.

Returning to an authentic style sash window will add an impressive edge to the look of a Georgian or Victorian home. It will even add an elegant touch to more modern homes. In turn, this boost in ‘kerb appeal’ can be reflected in an increase in the property value.

Increasing the kerb appeal of your home can be difficult and often expensive. It is definitely worth considering when you are replacing your windows and doors, even if you don’t intend to sell your home anytime soon.

Are Sash Windows Worth It?

If you’re looking for a window that will bring its own character and visual appeal to your home, turning a simple functional item into a statement design feature, then sash windows can be worth every penny.

 They may cost a little more but they will help you stay faithful to the history of a period home. Their narrow profiles and structured frames can also sit beautifully in more modern homes. 

Of course, only you can decide if they are a worthwhile investment for your own home. If you want to learn more about updating your home with sliding sash windows, then take a look at our range or contact us today.

round mirror in hallway

How To Hang A Mirror

Mirrors are one of the most popular items used in interior design. Whether you want to make a room appear larger or just add some extra light, mirrors can be an excellent addition to any space. However, hanging a mirror can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. This article will teach you how to hang a mirror and give some tips on where the best place for your mirror is.

Square Mirror


Before you start hammering nails into the wall, there are a few things you must first check.

Is the wall surface level?

You want to make sure that your wall is flat. A mirror won’t stick well and may even fall off over time if it’s not level.  To check to see if a wall is flat, use a spirit level. This will help you to determine whether your walls are suitable for a mirror to be hung on them.

Check for cables

When hanging a mirror, keep an eye on the electrical cables. This is to avoid striking a nail into an electrical cable by accident. You can use a detector to check for any electric cables in the area you want to hang your mirror.

Mirror weight

To figure out what wall screws you’ll need, it’s a good idea to know how much your mirror weighs. If it’s brand new, you should be able to find out this information on the packaging or the retailer’s website. You can also use a bathroom scale to determine your mirror’s weight.

Check hardware

The majority of new mirrors come with mounting hardware. Check your mirror for D-rings, wire, or other mounting hardware. If your mirror does not have any mounting equipment included, you will need to install it yourself.

How to hang a heavy mirror

hammer and nails

Once all the preparations have been taken care of, it is now time to hang up your mirror.

  1. Measure up. Use a tape measure to check where you’d like the middle of your mirror to be and get the corresponding measurements.
  2. Hold your mirror in position. When you’re happy, mark the centre of the top edge to provide a positioning guide.
  3. Measure the distance between the top of the mirror and the hanging wire or hardware and make another mark to guide the position of your hanging hook or screw.
  4. Drill your screw into the wall if you are working on top of one of the wall studs. If not, you’ll need to add an anchor into the plaster wall first.
  5. You can now use a spirit level to check that your mirror is perfectly straight and then attach it once you are happy with the position.

Hanging heavy mirrors involves using hanging hardware like hooks, cleats, wires, or brackets. When purchasing the correct attachments, be sure to check the hardware weight limits on the packaging since the appropriate wall anchors must be capable of holding your mirror to the wall. After you have aligned with a wall stud or designated a location for your mirror, attach the wall anchor.

Top tips for hanging a heavy mirror

  • Drywall anchors may be useful for securing screws if you are placing your mirror on plaster walls. They provide strength and stability by fastening the screw.
  • Declutter the area where you will be hanging the mirror to ensure your safety
  • To ensure that your mirror is straight, use a level to draw a line across the wall. Your mirror will be perpendicular to the floor and you won’t have to worry about whether it’s level or not this way.
  • Ask for help when trying to lift the mirror

How to hang a mirror without nails

Homeowners may be reluctant to drill or nail into their walls when hanging a mirror but luckily there is another way to hang a mirror without making holes in your walls.

The next best option is to mount your mirror on the wall using adhesive tape. To remove any dust or debris, start by cleaning the wall with a wet cloth. Cut the tape to size and stick it to the back of the mirror, then peel off the backing and press firmly against the wall. Leave it there for a minute or two to ensure that it is properly stuck down.

Best places to hang a mirror

Circular MirrorMirrors are not only practical but if used correctly they can create the illusion of space and become the focal point to your home’s decor. But to get the most of your mirrors, it is important to carefully consider where you are placing them. Let’s take a look at some ways you can determine where th best place is to hang your wall mirror:


The bathroom is one of the first places to think about when searching for where to hang a mirror. Mirrors are ideal in bathrooms since they open up little areas while also reflecting light around them, making rooms appear larger.

A bathroom mirror is a must-have. The most popular location to put a bathroom mirror is above the sink. Daily routines like applying makeup or shaving are made easier with a bathroom mirror. Try one out for yourself and see what a difference it makes.


Full-length mirrors are an ideal choice for bedrooms that are big enough to accommodate them. Not only will they create a focal point to your bedroom but they make getting ready much more convenient.


Showcasing a large mirror in your kitchen will help to flood the space with light. By reflecting natural light throughout your kitchen, you can make it appear larger and more cheerful than ever before.

Long Hallways

A long, narrow hallway can be a little gloomy. A strategically-placed mirror will help to open the area and reflect light throughout the house.

Contact KLG Glass Today

At KLG Glass, we make finding the perfect mirror for your home easy. With a range of different mirrors and styles to choose from, it has never been easier to find the ideal mirror for your home decor. If you would like to find out more about the mirror we supply or need advice on the best way to hang a mirror, get in touch with us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Top Indoor Plants to Decorate a Windowsill

If you’re looking to decorate your new windows with fresh ideas, then indoor houseplants are the perfect addition. There is a level of satisfaction that comes with growing window houseplants. From watching them grow from little sprouts to full-blown natural beauties, nurturing houseplants can bring a certain degree of appreciation.

Bringing your windowsill to life with your new houseplants can seem a chore, but there are plenty of easy-to-maintain window plants that can bring your windowsill from dull to fresh with ease and convenience.

Understanding what plants are suitable for the windowsill, and how to grow and maintain each one individually is imperative. 

Can plants get enough sunlight through windows?

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Every plant, whether indoor or outdoor, requires photosynthesis to survive. It’s a fact most of us learn in school. 

Photosynthesis is the process in which plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which we, in turn, breathe in. When a houseplant photosynthesises, it creates its own chemical energy, which in turn the houseplant uses as an energy source for its growth. The plant gets this energy from sunlight.

For houseplants, artificial light from regular bulbs will not suffice (there are specialised lights that are suited for photosynthesis, however). Though your window panes may prevent the UV from the sunlight, the natural energy is still absorbed by your plants. Glass windows still emit enough light from the sun to be beneficial to your plants. In fact, photosynthesis is entirely imperative to your houseplant’s survival!

Light through a window can also be considered indirect light, though it may not seem so imposed upon. In some instances, light intensity when passing through a window can be lessened by 50 per cent!

How to grow plants on a windowsill

houseplants in sunlight
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Your windowsill is the most naturally lit part of the home and is perfect for nurturing certain houseplants. Knowing the amount of light each of your windows lets in will determine the types of plants you can put on your windowsill. 

Different levels of sunlight depend on the direction that your window is facing. With east-facing windows getting the most sunlight in the morning and evening, and south-facing windows getting the most sunlight during the day, it is important to consider what type of plants should go where, and why.

There are many different types of plants that require different levels of sunlight. For some, a south-facing window will work wonders, however, for others, they could burn in the sun and be harmful to the plant. 

There are, however, a selection of beautiful plants that will still thrive in a windowsill environment.

Pilea Peperomioides 

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Also known as the missionary plant, this pilea is a fantastically beautiful addition to any home. Brilliant in the office, these plants grow upwards and outwards towards the light without much care or responsibility. They thrive in lower, indirect sunlight and work best in north-facing rooms. When this plant is healthy and receiving enough light, the leaves will appear a lighter green and remain perky on its stems. Their fleshy leaves will appear darker when the light isn’t receiving enough sunlight, and so is a great indicator for knowing how much light the plant is getting.


Succulent plants
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Succulents are, in some cases, very easy to maintain plants. With little watering needed, these plants thrive on little responsibility. They can be quite hardy plants too. Succulents such as Aloe Vera can survive in less than ideal conditions and are very easy to revive if they become worse for wear. 

Succulents are low-growing plants and require little light to thrive. Placing these on a windowsill that does not receive direct sunlight can brighten a south-facing room that may seem dull.

Monstera Obliqua

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These smaller alternatives to the Monstera Deliciosa are perfect for windowsills looking to add some fresh life to the room. Also known as the swiss cheese plant, the monstera family of plants are easy to maintain. They prefer humid environments, so consider purchasing a humidifier to keep them happy and healthy. They also enjoy being sprayed, 3 times a day is sufficient. This will keep the leaves healthy and perky and will help it develop the holes seen in most Monstera plants. Keeping these in indirect sunlight is essential, as the leaves will burn in direct sun. 

Alocasia x Amazonica

Alocasia amazonica 'Polly'
These wonderful plants boast thick, veiny leaves. Their contrasting green leaves provide an edge to most homes that other leafy houseplants may lack. The Elephant Ear plants prefer bright, humid environments, so will thrive on a steamy bathroom windowsill. As this Alocasia begins to develop new leaves, you can witness the colours shift and grow into lush beauty. 

Venus Fly Trap

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The venus fly traps are fascinating plants. At a first glance, they can be quite scary plants, but they are harmless to humans. These plants prefer sunny, moist environments, as the humidity is respective of its subtropical habitat. Keeping these on the windowsill is lovely for them. It is best to keep on top of watering them, however. They cannot be watered with traditional tap water, and require distilled water. If you can collect rainwater from outside, this is perfect for your venus fly trap!

Growing your first plants can be a daunting task. At first, you never know if you’re watering them enough, or even too much. Be patient! Plants take a while to become accustomed to their new environments, and generally take a while to grow anyway. It is important to keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t yellowing or browning, but generally, if you follow the correct care instructions, your new windowsill plants will be just fine,

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, 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. 


A kitchen window looking out across a green garden with sunlight coming through.

Can You Replace Double Glazing Glass?

If your double glazing has failed, your home won’t be as energy efficient as it should be. Before you replace your windows, frames and all, consider whether you could just replace the glass. It can be a very effective and budget-friendly solution. 

Can I replace just the glass in a window?

double glazed windowIn short, yes! If your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they used to be, you can replace the double glazed glass unit without having to replace the whole window. 

Benefits of just replacing the glass include cost-saving, as this is usually cheaper than replacing the entire window including the frame. It’s also simpler and faster to replace the glass unit only. You can keep the style of your window the same too, whilst reaping the rewards of a more energy-efficient window. 

How long should double glazed sealed units last?

Double glazed units are expected to last around 20-35 years. Sometimes they can last even longer than this! So you’ll get a good lifespan from them. However, the units will eventually ‘blow’. This means that the seal in between the two panes of glass is no longer effective, and won’t be controlling the temperature in your home as it should.  

How to tell if double glazing needs replacing

condensation on windowHere are some telltale signs that your double glazing has failed. 

  • Condensation between panes of glass: this is one of the biggest signs that the window has blown. Condensation can’t form in between the panes when the double glazed unit is properly sealed.
  • Cloudy glass: as above, the glass may appear slightly cloudy due to condensation inside the glass.
  • Chips or cracks in the glass: any damage to the glass may have an impact on the overall effectiveness of the double glazed unit. 
  • Draughts: a draughty window is never a good sign! Although drafts are likely to be a problem with the frame, they may also indicate the double glazing seal has blown. 

If you notice any of the above signs, it’s likely that you need your double glazing or windows replaced. 

How much does it cost to replace double glazing glass?

The average cost to replace a blown window is £55-£145. The price will depend on the size of the window. Larger windows require more glass and also take longer to replace, so material and labour costs increase as the size of the window increases. 

How to replace double glazing units: step by step

There are different types of double glazing system available, these instructions are intended to provide a rough guide for the most common type. 

  1. Starting from the inside of your window, remove the wedge gasket.
  2. Move to the outside and remove the glazing beads. Leave the top one until last.
  3. Make a note of where any glazing packs are located before removing and from around the top and sides.
  4. Remove the blown double glazed unit.
  5. Check the glazing packs are still in the bottom and place the new glazing unit on top.
  6. Hold it secure, and add any other glazing packs back into their original location.
  7. Keep a hold of the glass unit whilst replacing the glazing beads in the reverse order.
  8. Replace the wedge gasket, which will lock everything in place. 

It’s important to familiarise yourself with the double glazing system, as there are different possibilities. The above instructions are intended as a rough guide only and will not be accurate for every type of double glazing. 

Replacing Double Glazing: What you Need to Know

  • You’ll need to measure up and order your double glazed unit before you start. Height and width are fairly easy to determine but thickness can be more challenging. You can always give us a call with approximate measurements and we’ll take it from there. 
  • Different types of glass are available, so you’ll need to decide which type you need for your replacement panel. 
  • Whilst this is a job you could tackle yourself, we can help with any step of the process. Just give our sales team a call on 0115 9222233 or get in touch via our contact page.
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How to Clean a Glass Shower Screen

Glass shower screens protect your bathroom and look stunning. Every time you take a shower, a glass shower screen creates a barrier against water, soap, shampoo, conditioner and even steam – helping to keep your bathroom walls and floors free from stains and unsightly marks. 

Unfortunately, this does mean that a sparkling shower door can easily be spoiled by dirt and grime that builds up over time.

Worse still, hard water stains and soap scum can actually scratch the glass if left unchecked. When this happens, your glass shower door won’t look clean and sparkling no matter how much you clean it. Cleaning your glass shower screen regularly is the best way to stop this from happening, and helps to keep your bathroom looking its absolute best. 

So, how do you keep a glass shower screen clean? 

Here’s how to clean your shower door for best results:

What You Will Need:

  • A sponge
  • Bathroom cleaner, or mix one part white vinegar to three parts water in  a spray bottle
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Squeegee
  • Paper towels
  • Microfibre cloth

How to Clean a Shower Screen: Step-By-Step

  1. Get the glass wet using the shower head or a damp cloth.

  2. Spray well with your chosen cleaner, and leave for a few moments.

  3. Use a sponge to work in the cleaner, removing soap scum and hard water stains as you go.

  4. Rinse with warm water.

  5. Use a squeegee to remove the water and cleaning suds.

  6. Dry with a microfibre cloth or paper towel.

  7. For extra sparkle, spray again with glass cleaner.

  8. Let the cleaner soak for a minute or two.

  9. Wipe with a clean microfibre cloth or paper towel (scrunched up newspaper can also work well).

  10. Tackle any remaining smears by spraying with a light mist of water onto a clean, dry microfibre cloth and wipe away. 

What to Clean a Shower Screen With

There are many different options for cleaning a shower screen. Standard bathroom cleaners and glass cleaners can do a great job. But, if you’d prefer to stay away from strong chemical-based cleaners, there are also a few home remedies that are very effective alternatives. Here are a few of the most popular cleaning solutions:

Glass cleaning with dish soap: Designed for getting glassware clean and grease-free, dishwashing soap can work well for cleaning glass shower screens. Rinse any suds off thoroughly to avoid streaks when using this method. 

Glass cleaning with vinegar: Acid is an effective cleaner which helps to loosen mineral deposits. Mix one part white vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle and you have a powerful glass cleaner ready to go. 

Glass cleaning with baking soda: Adding some baking soda to white vinegar creates a reaction that bubbles, helping to clean off stubborn stains. The baking soda is also slightly abrasive which will add to the cleaning power. 

Glass cleaning with lemon juice: Just like vinegar, the acid in lemons helps to loosen mineral deposits and dissolve soap scum. Add to your vinegar mix or use with baking soda for effective glass cleaning that’s safe and natural. It smells nice too!

How to Keep Your Shower Glass Spotless

To avoid damaging and scratching the glass, a shower screen should be cleaned after every use. The best way to do this is to thoroughly remove any surface water with a squeegee. This will stop hard water deposits of magnesium and calcium building up and damaging the glass. In an ideal world this should be done after every shower alongside your regular cleaning. In reality though, most of us don’t have time to do this as often as it’s needed.

You can add a layer of protection to your shower screen with something that displaces water. This will help the water roll off rather than sit on the glass, which once again reduces the deposits that will build up. There are a few options for this. Cleaning with WD40, baby oil, cooking spray or a specialist car windscreen cleaner will all create this protective layer. 

However, applying such products does take time and care, as you’ll have to work hard to avoid smears and grease. If you can master it though, you’ll find stains don’t build up so quickly between cleans!

So, What’s the Best Way to Clean Shower Doors? 

There are a variety of methods for cleaning glass shower doors, but the most important thing to remember is to stay on top of cleaning. Each clean will be quicker to manage, and less build up will reduce the chances of scratching and staining. Keep it clean and your glass shower door will sparkle for years to come!

Has your glass shower screen reached the point of no return and any rescue attempt seems futile? If so, why not consider a shiny new made to measure shower door that’s bespoke to your bathroom? If you’re keen to find out more, get in touch!

How Long Does Double Glazing Last?

Trying to answer this question can be tough. So many environmental factors can affect the longevity of double glazed windows, so it really does depend. The lifespan of double glazing can be anything from 10 to 50 years depending on how well they’re made, installed and looked after. However, on average you’d expect double glazed units to last a minimum of 20 years. 

The good news is that over the last few decades, technology for manufacturing double glazing units has improved exponentially and the materials that are being used has improved greatly. Double glazed windows that are made today are far more thermally and energy efficient than those that were made in the 80’s, 90’s and early 00’s. 

As a result, it’s fair to say that a double glazed sealed unit produced today will have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years – and maybe even more if fitted in a sheltered location and not subject to extreme weather. 

What factors affect the lifespan of double glazing?

The three main factors that affect double glazing are location, quality of manufacture and quality of installation. These factors can halve or double the longevity of a double glazed unit, but one of the biggest culprits for causing problems is temperature. 

The insulating gas between panes of glass in a double glazed unit reacts to changes in temperature by expanding and contracting. This is called thermal pumping and often windows that are south facing and in direct sunlight for a number of hours, are most susceptible. 

Thermal pumping can put extra stress on the seals of a double glazed unit as it constantly expands and contracts. Over time, the seals will start to fail and as minute fractures begin to grow, air will be sucked into the unit, replacing the insulating gas and compromising their thermal efficiency.

How do you know if your double glazing needs replacing? 

Energy-efficient windows are a key structural part of a property that significantly contribute to reducing energy bills and ultimately, keeping your home warm. To ensure you’re not paying more than you should be for your heating bills, it’s really important that your windows continue to perform as intended.

If you’ve noticed that your heating bills seem to be creeping up, it could be that your windows are starting to fail. But there are a number of other ways to identify problems with double glazing units too – each of which are a dead give away that something isn’t quite right:

You can feel a draught around the frame

If you run your hands around the frame where it meets the sealed unit and it feels draughty and cold, either the seals around the frame have perished or the double glazed unit itself has failed. If the unit fails, the gas that insulates the panes of glass will dissipate which will dramatically decrease the U Value. If the seal around the frame has perished, this can easily be replaced, however if the unit has failed a new one will be required.

Condensation in between the panes of a double glazed unit

Condensation on windows isn’t usually cause for concern and there are many simple ways to tackle that, but condensation inside windows should be taken more seriously.

Each sealed unit usually contains a desiccant such as silica gel, which forms part of the spacer bar inside the unit. This is there to absorb the natural moisture that occurs between the panes to keep the unit fog-free. If however the seals of the unit begin to fail, more moisture will be drawn in through thermal pumping which will saturate the desiccant. It’s this over-saturation that causes condensation and fog to form and is usually a pretty obvious indicator that it’s time to replace the unit.

It is however worth noting that condensation is more likely to form in windows that are in direct sunlight. So a north-facing window might have failed seals but won’t show condensation for example. 

There’s white dust inside the double glazed unit 

You may not see signs of condensation but once the desiccant inside a seal unit becomes saturated it will start to degrade. As it degrades it will essentially fall apart and the particles will begin to drift around the sealed unit, settling on the inside of the panes of glass. This is a sure sign that your double glazed unit is compromised and will need to be replaced.

You can hear a lot of noise from outside

Not only does double glazing act as insulation against temperature, but sound too. When your windows are closed, the noise from outside should be reduced and muffled, maybe even shut off completely. If however you’ve started to notice more noise than usual, the gas could have escaped from your sealed unit, reducing the insulation.


If you have a question about double glazed sealed units, or you’ve decided it’s time to get a replacement, get in touch with our expert team who’ll be able to advise on the best course of action. Here at KLG Glass we only make to order with an extensive range of glass and spacer bars to choose from, all ready and waiting to help you get the job done!