August 17, 2017

24 Hour Emergency Glass Repairs

Secure Glass covers all areas of Perth for 24 hour emergency glass repairs.

Call (08) 9314 2044 or 0411141454 All Hours

Fast affordable service:

  • We cover all Emergency Glass Repairs
  • Our Glaziers Are Police Cleared!
  • We can bill your Insurer directly!

Prompt, Reliable service 365 days a year, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week!

Call (08) 9314 2044 or 0411141454 All Hours

Over 20 years’ experience in dealing with your emergency glass repair and insurance companies

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Window Repairs and Replacement

Residential and Commercial Solutions

The Secure Glass Team will provide you with a solution to any glazing problem. We offer “real time”, prompt quotes, invoicing and service PLUS we can forward to you before and after photos if you are not able to be on site.

Our glass range includes:

Security Glass
Solar Tinted Glass
Obscure Glass
Switchable Privacy Glass
Glass Showerscreens
Glass Splashbacks
Mirrors

Contact us for all your window repairs and glass replacement.

Secure Glass covers all areas of Perth for 24 hour emergency glass repairs.
 
Commercial Shopfront Make-Over

Showerscreens

Contact us for a quote.
Glass showerscreens are a practical, stylish and durable product giving you uninterrupted viewing of your attractive tiled-wall bathroom surrounds.

They are safe, affordable and easy to install. Depending upon your bathroom’s design, you may want a centre wall mounted cabinet with three glass panels (one of which is the door), a corner unit with two glass panels (one of which is a door), or a larger corner unit with three glass panels (one of which is the door). We would be happy to discuss the options with you.

Secure Glass has devised a standardised, modular system in order to keep the overall costs down. While this system affords you lower cost showerscreens, you will still be able to choose from a wide range of glass types, components and showerscreen fittings.

Whether yours is a new home, or you are a home owner wishing to replace or renovate your existing shower cabinet, we are confident we can meet your requirements.

Glass Partitioning

Glass Partitioning and Dry Joint Frameless GlazingGlass partitioning provides a modern and sophisticated solution to providing internal enclosures and wall partitions for a variety of applications.One of the clear benefits of using glass partitioning is that light can still pass through, thus creating a feeling of space and a light airy environment. The glass panes require a system of jointing to give strength to the overall partition where each abuts the other (discussed below), and for this Switchglass uses the latest in Dry Joint systems.

There are many different options when choosing the right glass for your partitioning project, which will vary according to your individual and legislative requirements. When you need absolute privacy you might choose sandblasted or diffused laminated glass. The latter will afford some degree of acoustic baffling; double glazed panelling will provide increased soundproofing.  For partial privacy, there are many very attractive, decorative adhesive films that may be applied; enquire about our range.

Alternatively, simple decorative designs or your company branding can be sandblasted on to the glass.

For clients who would like to embrace the latest in technology, Switchglass’ advanced Switchable Privacy Glass can be used to provide absolute privacy at the flick of a switch or touch of a button.

 

Single Skin Glass Panels

The maximum recommended height for single skin (as opposed to double glazed) toughened or laminated glass partitions are:

 

Thickness (mm) Height (mm)
10.00 2400
10.88 2400
12.00 3000
12.88 3000
15.00 3500
16.80 3600
19.00 4200

 

It is also recommended that glass is embedded at least 12mm into its supporting channel to hold the glass securely in place. For most applications the glass edge is flat polished with a standard back arris (bevel) for silicone butt jointing.

 

Dry Joint Frameless Glazing

Utilising our crystal-clear, easily installed acrylic dry jointing channel as a low-profile integral connector, we affect a discreet join that is virtually invisible between the panels achieving an overall, seamless finish.

Where required, we also produce edgework in the form of a precise size and/or angle on the back arris for specific dry joint systems such as angled or curved layouts.

Full height partitions will often require some form of manifestation or mark to meet current regulations and prevent people from walking into them. This can be achieved by sandblasting the surface of the glass with a manifestation of the customer’s own design, or by adhering some visible emblem on the door or partition at eye level.

 

Low E Glass – Low ‘Emissivity’, Energy Efficient Glass

Windows have long represented a major source of unwanted heat gain and heat loss.

 

Creating Energy Efficient Buildings

“Buildings are the nation’s largest energy consumer” and Secure Glass can help you achieve greater energy efficiency in your building whether it be a new construction or a retro-fit.

 

Without Low E Glass - Heat Gain

With Low E Glass - Less Heat Gain

 

Western Australia’s extreme climate requires that for much of the year we waste energy in cooling down our building interiors. In recent years Low E coatings that reject solar heat without darkening the glass have undergone a technological revolution. It is now possible to significantly reduce solar heat gain and improve comfort while providing clear views and daylight.

In winter, the reverse is true. These same old windows represent a major source of unwanted heat loss, discomfort, and condensation problems. By having Secure Glass install Low E Glass throughout your home it is now possible to minimise your energy consumption bills by reducing the heat loss and/or retaining heat gain.

Low E Glass will also minimise condensation, increase your comfort and enhance the value of your home. It will not be long before residential building standards will require Energy Efficient Glass to be installed in all new residential buildings. This is a global trend.

 

Without Low E Glass - Heat Loss

With Low E Glass - Less Heat Loss

There are two basic types of Low E Glass:

Hard Coat Low E Glass has a pyrolytic coating sprayed onto the glass surface during the float glass process at high temperatures. It also comes in a laminated form (2 sheets of glass with a PVB interlayer) with the hard, durable pyrolytic coating on one side for use in single glazing. The coating is very durable but the glass has the possibility of a slight haze, which can be visible under certain angles, and does not provide the same energy efficiency as Soft Coating.

Soft Coat Low E Glass, also known as Sputter Coat glass, is mostly used in double glazing. The sputtered coating of multiple layers of optically transparent silver sandwiched between layers of metal oxide is applied in a vacuum chamber. This process provides the highest level of performance and a nearly invisible coating.

In terms of residential or commercial glazing the most effective energy saver is Insulated Glass Units (also known as double glazing). And IGU’s that incorporate Soft Coat Low E Glass in their fabrication provide the ultimate in energy saving. Double glazing (or IGU’s) comprises two sheets of glass sealed together but separated by an airspace creating a vacuum. A specially designed aluminium spacer containing drying agents ensures no moisture is present within this area. The sputter coated surfaces of the glass are faced to each other inside the unit, and this application results in a much lower SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient); a distinct reduction in heat-gain from that of direct solar radiation on clear, uncoated glass. In winter, although it limits the entrance of part of the solar energy, the strength of winter solar energy is only one third of that in summer; besides, the internal thermal retaining performance is not affected.

However, both types of Low E Glass are designed to transmit the maximum possible amount of visible light, absorb and reject the maximum amount of solar infra red energy, and reflect the maximum amount of long wave (room temperature) infra red energy, thus working towards more sustainable, energy efficient buildings.

 

The following represents a complete range of Energy Efficient Glass available from our manufacturer:


ComfortPlus™
Energy efficiency without compromising your views

EnergyTech™
A clearly superior Low E glass

EnviroShield Performance™ ITO
Increasing solar control without sacrificing daylight transmission

EnviroShield Performance™ XIR
Incorporating a performance interlayer to further enhance solar control

EVantage™
The world’s first pyrolitic reflective Low E glass

PerformaTech E™
High Performance IGU with Low E

Renew™
The world’s first self cleaning glass

Solar Control with Low E
High daylight transmission outstanding solar and thermal control

SolTech™
A clearly superior Low E glass

Sunergy™
Highly versatile with outstanding performance in warm and cold climates

SuperBlue™
For colour, excellent solar performance and comfort, this advanced toned glass is a natural

SuperGreen™
For colour, excellent solar performance and comfort, this advanced toned glass is a natural

SuperGrey™
For colour, excellent solar performance and comfort, this advanced toned glass is a natural

ThermoTech™
Maximum energy savings, superior interior comfort

Insulating Glass Units (IGU’s)/Double Glazing:

ThermoTech™ Metal Spacer
Double Glazed Low E Glass with metal spacer and good solar control

ThermoTech™ Thermoplastic Spacer TPS®
Double Glazed Low E Glass with plastic spacer

Windows

Are you confused?Secure Glass Men At Work

Smart glass, electric glass, heated glass, energy efficient glass, tinted glass, toughened glass, tempered glass, insulated glass units, double glazed units, privacy glass, switchable glass, glass sliders (when did a sliding glass door stop being a window?), patterned glass, art glass, skylights . . . But who talks about WINDOWS anymore?

We seem to be losing the usage – let alone the true meaning of the word. Most people today are more likely to immediately connect the word to a popular computer operating system. Or the more romantic will connect it to the phrase ‘window to the soul, or heart’. Those who are busy would more likely reflect upon ‘a window of opportunity’. You see, a window is basically a hole in a wall. And because we can see through that hole, see beyond it, we ignore its significance and nomenclature. We look out, or through, and ignore the fact that there is a specifically constructed frame – perhaps made from wood, aluminium or even UPVC (Un-plasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride), and that frame holds a pane of glass over the hole. Even a ‘skylight’ is but a framed window in a roof – another hole.

Windows did not always hold glass however. If we go back far enough, the derivation of the word ‘window’ described only a hole in a wall to let air in or smoke out, and it would be shuttered in inclement weather. It was the Romans who first started putting glass in these holes to keep the weather out. We do have a lot to thank the Romans for, and for more than just glass, of course. But it was a rough glass they had used, and not all that transparent.

The improvements in the clarity of glass over the centuries brought with it a new set of problems however. Privacy was threatened – if you can look out with clarity, others can look in with equal clarity. This instigated another development – shutters. Shutters are still widely used in houses all around the Mediterranean today, but in the more northern climes they chose to develop something more easily pulled aside: drapes and curtains. This spawned a whole fashion industry which exists to this day and has maintained its popularity in most of the former British colonies (including, and especially, Australia). Next, came the development of blinds; another big industry that is growing even as I write.Today, however, technology has given us such vast improvements and innovations that we have panes of glass that are in and of themselves able to become obscure or transparent at the mere flick of a switch – Switchable Privacy Glass. Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals entrapped between two panes of glass with a power source to activate it. Amazing! But then, we are, after all, in the age of microchips, satellites and nanotechnology. Whiz-bang stuff!

I think it will be a while before we see the total demise of blinds, drapes or curtains, principally because of their potential, decorative nature, but the day will soon be upon us when the simple affordability and effectiveness of electric glass products such as Switchglass’ Switchable Privacy Glass will see it as being the glass of choice to afford privacy. And remember – next time when you gaze vacantly out through that apparent hole in the wall at the world beyond – what you are looking through is a real W-I-N-D-O-W. Nothing to do with Microsoft, but perhaps, conceivably, a space laden with opportunity.

Starfire Glass

A relatively new innovation, Starfire Glass is a lead free, low iron glass renowned for its crystal-like clarity. It is not quite clear enough to be labelled “crystal” however, as a very slight blue tint is evident in the mostly-clear product.
 

Standard float glass will always have a greenish tinge, especially when viewed end-on or when laminated. The relative uncoloured clarity of Starfire Glass lends itself to situations where the vivid colours of viewed objects behind the glass are to be displayed at their best: tropical fish tanks come to mind. Its use is also important when the glass has a colour coating, enabling the true-colour to show through. Coloured glass splashbacks used in kitchens benefit by its use. As standard clear glass gets thicker the green tinge from the iron content becomes more noticeable and while this is sometimes unimportant, if you want to display true colours seen through your glass – such as through showerscreens where the background tiles or decoration is important – Starfire Glass is the most appropriate. The use of Starfire Glass enables colours to be seen as true-to-life.

Aquarium

Secure Glass can supply this product in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and a range of colours.

Hollow Glass

Glass doors and windows are the primary means through which we commune with both the inside and the outside of a building, permitting light to flow into the interior (in daytime) and allowing us expansive views.

 
They can also be decorative, but the natural indoor and outdoor heat exchange means a great influx of heat in summer and a great outflow of valuable energy, through generated heat, in winter. This, traditionally, has led to wasteful energy consumption through the heating and cooling of buildings.

Insulating glass is the solution, providing energy-saving, environmental protection and comfort (noise reduction), yet still enabling us to commune clearly through our glass.

Insulating Glass, usually referred to as Double Glazed in Australia and New Zealand, also comes under the category of Hollow Glass, though this intriguing name refers also to a much broader category of glass products including bottles, glass spheres or bubbles.

Energy conservation of buildings is arguably a more important topic today and Hollow Glass (the IGU and Double Glazed Unit) continues to play an important role in this field. Over 30% of energy inside buildings flows away through doors and windows. This nagging fact alone ensures that the energy conservation capabilities of doors, windows and glass curtain walls will continue to be an important topic in the glass industry.

Double Glazed units need not be dull: spacing bars, made from fire-resistant macromolecule plastics or colourful aluminium, can be embedded within the hollow glass and can be different in colour and shape.

Low-E insulating glass filled with inert gas: Low-E coatings on glass effectively block heat radiation. Low-E Hollow Glass filled with inert gas can further reduce the direct transmission of heat energy and reduce the thermal transmission coefficient of glass. Hence the ‘Energy Efficiency’ tag I often apply to the product.

 

Laminated Glass - Double Glazed

In order to achieve different effects, Hollow Glass units can also be combined with coated glass, toughened glass or laminated Switchable Privacy Glass to form various desirable composite products.

Switchglass Moving Ahead

Arrival of Heatbox - Laminating Plant

New Laminating Plant

Since taking on the mantle of Switchglass a year or two ago, we have grown considerably and our team has been on a rapid learning curve ever since.

From our genesis twenty one years ago as Secure Glass – a tightly managed and successful glazing company still catering to clients in Perth, Western Australia – Switchglass now deals with orders and quotes from clients all around the globe. Our switchable privacy glass products can be supplied competitively to all points of the compass, and yes, that includes points on land, sea and air (more on the latter two – ‘marine craft’ and ‘aeroplanes’, later). For this to happen with any practicality it was necessary for us to be in the age of the Internet, Satellite Technology and Mobile Telephony. Thanks to this technology, and our collaboration with global partners and other experts in the field, we have been able to satisfy our international clients’ requirements just as we would if we were dealing with a client from around the block.

 

The Future

The new laminating plant that we will shortly be incorporating into our factory will give us a more competitive edge with all laminated glass product for the local market, especially Switchable Privacy Glass, and, perhaps more importantly, enable us to cope even more effectively and efficiently with clients in our own Asia Pacific region – our back yard, so to speak.

As well as our namesake product, Switchable Privacy Glass, our team is gearing up to produce a wide range of laminated glass product in-house. The market for Privacy Glass and custom laminated glass products is quite diverse and growing daily.

In extending our borders beyond Perth to the globe at large we have already tapped into the marine (as in boats) market and are vigorously pursuing the avionics industry (specifically aeroplane windows) and train windows. The latter two require a particularly tough type of laminate structure to make the windows bullet-resistant (Bullet Resistant Glass) or hurricane-proof (Cyclone Resistant Glass) because of the speed at which the vehicles travel. While this specific product is not strictly glass but is constructed using sheets made of a polycarbonate composition, we will be ideally set-up to comply. The boat market interests us in particular because luxury yacht owners are already taking an interest in Switchable Privacy Glass in their craft’s cockpits and below-deck lounges. We have already supplied it to a luxury Riviera motor yacht on the Sunshine Coast. Nor is it a secret that Perth has several very large boat building facilities whose clients are from all around the globe. As part of our expansion program our sales team will be pursuing these avenues with some diligence this year – all exciting possibilities. It is going to be a good, productive, challenging and interesting year for us at Switchglass.

Wooden Frame Windows and Doors

Single or Double Glazed

For those who prefer the classic timber frame look, Secure Glass has a wide range of wooden frame windows and doors  for:

  • Bi-fold or standard glass doors
  • Sash windows
  • Sliders or hinged windows

We collaborate with foremost timber window and door frame manufacturing companies in Australia in order to supply you with the best products.

Wooden frame windows and doors can be manufactured as single pane or double glazed units (all our double glazed units have Argon Gas filled centres).

A wooden frame can also be manufactured with privacy glass or coloured glass, and can include security film.

 

Wooden Frame Windows

 
 

Talk to us about your choices.

Glass Templates

Secure Glass utilises the services of ErgoMeasure, who specialises in precision templating using the latest digital 3D photo-measuring equipment. This service is especially beneficial when we require a glass template for a fit-out in a more creative, architecturally challenging building and in areas such as glass balustraded stair wells.

The use of digital camera imaging and the incorporation of a precise recording of dot-to-dot measurements and markers on each working image all aid to produce a perfectly scaled 3D model before templating – see images below.

Mirrors

The World of Mirrors

Secure Glass has recently completed the installation of a series of decorative Mirror-Glass Panels and Glass Shelving for the new Bistro Guillaume restaurant at the Crown Casino Complex in Burswood, Western Australia.

Our General Manager, Andy, tells the story:

“It was a highly challenging job requiring an assortment of shaped mirrors, some with detailed bevelled edges and others with etched designs.

The installation varied from a complete wall covered in 150mm x 300mm mirror panels – each with a 10mm bevel – to the glazing-in of gold mirrors and an oval mirror. A wide variety of shapes and sizes (including the oval mirror with a 25mm bevel) made the task all the more interesting.

We also constructed the glass shelving throughout the restaurant and bar areas. The wall mirrored in small bevel-edged mirror panels is designed to create a ‘stack of bricks’ effect: and it equated to 250 pieces. It was a complicated design, with the major challenge being the calculation to fit the entire wall.

The striking gold mirrors and the oval ones compliment the other mirrors throughout the entire restaurant.

The mirrors on the 7000mm x 2000mm feature wall are custom designed with an etched pattern and expand the overall effect. It all looks very impressive.”
 
 

I think you will agree when you visit Bistro Guillaume.
 
 
 
 

Oval Mirror

Wall Mirrored Brick Effect

Etched Mirror Wall

Gold Mirror

Mirror Backed & Glass Shelving

Mirrored Room