There are several key factors which you need to consider when making an informed selection of glass for your windows & doors.


As a home owner, this comes down to your own personal preference.

Take time to consider which glass tone will best complement the colour scheme of your home. 

Daylight Transmittance

Having the appropriate amount of daylight entering your home is essential. Consider  the size of windows and doors,  size of rooms, orientation and use of the space when selecting the type of glass.

Larger windows or areas of glazing with a high transparent glass, may have glare issues. Conversely a  dark toned glass in smaller windows may make a room dull and gloomy and require a greater  reliance on ‘artificial’ lighting.

Solar Heat Transmitted

Some glass is better at reducing solar radiation from the sun than others.

Carefully consider the orientation of your windows and doors in relation to your glass selection as larger exposed areas facing north and west elevations may require a better performing glass to improve occupant comfort and reduce air conditioning costs.


Think of this like a blanket around your home. In cooler regions or areas where air-conditioning is constantly used, glass products such as double glazing (I.G. Units) that reduce heat transfer (conductance) should be considered.

Fade Control

Fading is caused by a combination of ultra-violet (UV), infra-red & visible light.

Certain glass types  such as toned laminated glass provide superior protection to your valuable furnishings, carpets etc.

Noise Control

A common misconception is that  double glazing (I.G. Units) is the best and only solution to controlling unwanted noise - this is not always the case. For double glazing to be an effective sound control measure a large air gap between the glass panes is necessary, which is not always practical.

Laminated glass constructed with a sound dampening interlayer(s), is a practical and economical alternative for the home owner.


The interlayer within laminated glass offers an increased level of protection for family and property by providing an effective barrier against attack.

Although laminated glass will break if attacked, the interlayer will hold the glass intact and resist penetration ensuring any attempt to enter your premises will be slow and noisy. A laminated glass with a thicker interlayer will provide a greater level of security.

Contact your nearest branch for advice on making the right choice in glass for your home.

Selecting the Right Glass