Modern Conservatory
Conservatories have been around forever, but here we discuss how glass adds a modern twist and the type of glass commonly used for conservatories.

Modern glass that adds value

Typical conservatories can add an extra value of up to 7% to your home, but imagine if they were modern, like glass conservatories, they give a chic and sophisticated feel to your home, now we’re certain that will add a lot more value to your home. Luckily there are companies across England that provide modern conservatories, there are Conservatories in Banbury and Conservatories in Ampthill. We discuss modern types of glass for conservatories to add some panache to you extravagant home.

Frameless glass conservatories

These conservatories sometimes referred to as a ‘glass box’ gives a very modern edge to your typical conservatories. With the use of commercial glass technology and structural sealant applications, these conservatories allow you to enjoy your garden all year round in whatever weather, be it rain or the sunshine, you can experience it all from the comfort of your own conservatory. Glass conservatories can satisfy even the strictest thermal and structural regulations, because with their unique design comes thermoregulation. Glass is an insulating material, so no need to worry about having cold feet during the winter.

Self- Cleaning glass

An outer coating of titanium oxide is put on the surface of the glass. Titanium Oxide is a photocatalyst, meaning chemical reactions take place when the right kind of light hits it. The kind of light that normally triggers this reaction is ultraviolet light; it is the part of sunlight invisible to the human eye. The outer coating reacts with the UV light to break down dirt on the surface, it does this by breaking down carbon-based (organic dirt) grime making it easier for the rain to wash it away. This is extremely convenient as it means you do not have to wash it as much as regular glass, so this is definitely a godsend.

Anti-glare, reflective or tinted glass

This can be really useful for conservatories, which faces the sun for a majority of the time. During the height of summer the glare of the sun can be really intimidating, so having tinted, anti-glare or reflective glass can be really helpful, and not only that, having coloured tinted glass can leave a beautiful cast of light over your conservatory, which emphasises the modern element that glass itself already adds.

Curved Conservatory glass

This glass is used to take your modern conservatory a step further; with this, endless styles are an option. Usually, homeowners that want to maintain their home’s original style opt for curved glass. This type of glass also come laminated, toughened and heat reflective.

Laminated Glass

Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird? No, it’s laminated glass. This is the superman of glasses, it is an assembly made up of layers of glass with a plastic glazing sheet acting as an adhesive to join them up. This makes the glass extremely strong, and there are various types of laminated glass for whatever disaster, such as:

Fire resistant laminated glass:

Does your conservatory spontaneously catch fire? Well not to worry; this fire-resistant laminated glass contains at least one interlayer that reacts to the sudden rise in temperature giving the glass its fire resistance, it stops the fires from spreading, containing it and potentially keeping you safe.

Bullet-Resistant laminated glass:

The bullet- resistant glass is extremely different from the good old regular glass. It is made up of polycarbonate; which is essentially really tough plastic. The polycarbonate is used as an adhesive between pieces of toughened glass. The layer of toughened glass and polycarbonate is called a laminate. When a bullet hits the glass, the energy emitted from it spreads out, and because all the energy doesn’t just hit one place, it can be quickly absorbed, making the bullet slow down not allowing it to pass through. The glass does break but the beauty of the polycarbonate means it stops the glass from flying apart.

Manual attack resistant laminated glass:

If you know a crazy person that has a thing against conservatories and feels the need to try and smash the glass, then this one is for you. With its axe, crowbar, pickaxe etc. repellent tendencies you’ve just become a little be safer, but not too safe as however strong the glass is, it will eventually give way if being hit in the same spot time and time again. However, it does give you time to run.

Blast-resistant laminated glass:

This glass is for those unfortunate days where conservatories just automatically detonate. This glass tries to contain the blast reducing the levels of risk. As well as conservatories, they are usually used for high-risk buildings such as military based for obvious yet sad reasons.

Frosted conservatory Glass

If you are looking for beauty as well as privacy then you have found your soul mate. Frosted glass – also known as etched glass- can be used in your conservatory if privacy is an issue, for example, if creepy neighbours or creepy traffic overlooks your conservatory then this glass is generally recommended. It is available in a number of patterns and tints so your privacy looks good, it is amazing too as it can be etched into different finishes, so you can choose whatever you like!

Energy Efficient Conservatory Glass

PLANITHERM is a new term referring to the new cutting-edge glass technology. It uses a metallic coating that reflects heat from radiators or fires in your home back into the conservatory, instead of allowing it to go through the windows. It does this while simultaneously allowing free heat and light energy to pass through the glass. So in short, you save so much money on the energy bill, and we all love a good bargain.

Georgian Bars

If your home already has Georgian style windows, then, of course, you would want your conservatory to match the aesthetics. Doing this, however, is more expensive than the other types of glass mentioned; this is because of the time and the types of materials used to make them, but they seem to be worth the price because they are just gorgeous, and gives your conservatory an old but modern feel, if that makes sense.
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