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4 Precautions to Take With Your Car’s Side Windows

February 25, 2018

There are many different window glass types such as laminated and tempered glass which are used in automotive glass installations. While windshields, which represent the most important glass installation in a car, are made from laminated glass, side windows are constructed from tempered glass. Many people prioritise windshield maintenance and repair for their cars, but that doesn’t mean that they neglect the side windows.

Unlike annealed and laminated glass, good quality tempered glass, such as Temperlite-LT by AIS Glass, breaks away into tiny pebble-like pieces that are harmless and powdery in nature. This property ensures that the passengers and the drivers remain uninjured in case the side windows get shattered. While tempered glass does make the side windows strong and durable, there are many precautions you need to take in order to ensure that it does not get damaged beyond repair.

Here are four things to keep in mind so as to ensure safe working car glass windows:

  1. Do not delay repair

From time to time, it is important to inspect the condition of your car windows. This becomes extremely important in the aftermath of an accident which might have caused some damage to the structure of the car. Even if your windows have a small crack, a minor chip or a scratch, do not assume that it is harmless. These damages have a habit of exacerbating over time while also weakening the glass, thus putting you and other passengers in danger the next time an accident occurs. Therefore, always get the windows repaired quickly by the experts in your vicinity.

 

  1. Do not slam the car doors violently

Yes, slamming the car doors time and time again can lead to damaged side windows. One has to understand that these sudden closing of the doors with force generate vibrations inside the car. If they occur with high frequency, then there is a chance that some integral structural damage might occur to the window installation or the windows might loosen. It is best to be gentle and mannerly while shutting the car door.

 

  1. Do not use ammonia-based cleaning agents

It is important to know the right type of cleaning agents for your car windows. Ammonia-based agents are usually used in architectural glass inside homes and buildings, and can damage the tint of the car windows. Also, while cleaning car windows, use a clean cloth or microfiber towel so as to avoid leaving damaging streaks.

 

  1. Do not expose car windows to long periods of intense, direct sunlight

Long exposure to harsh heat and sunlight causes UV ray damage to car windows, thereby decreasing their lifespan and also affecting the structural integrity of your car. Always try to park your car in the shade, a garage or with a protective cover.

Types of Glasses

Smart Glass: Uses In The Commercial Space

January 25, 2018

Glass is among the few things that has reaped the benefits of advancements in science & technology. The classic float glass used in display cases is paving way for toughened glass. Simultaneously, commercial and residential spaces are seeing a rising demand for installation of smart glass – a result of the technological prowess that has emerged since the turn of the millennium. Smart Glass is a commonly used term for an electronically switchable glass. From a clear, see-through glass surface to a murky translucent, and opaque perfection, this glass can change its visibility at the touch of a button.Float Glass

This feature has made smart glass extremely desirable in commercial spaces. With the benefit of controlling both privacy and energy savings, this is among the most popular types of glass for commercial interiors. Some of the ways to incorporate this glass include:

1.Walls & Partitions:
More light in a room makes it look bigger, while adding walls and partitions may cut out on that light source and make the space look smaller. Using Smart Glass to create partitions in a room is a smart move indeed. The transparent walls lend the room a suave feel, and in case one needs privacy, they may simply switch on the button, and in an instant, one gets cool walls around them. This works well for private cabins and conference rooms – regular transparent walls during the day, block opacity during meetings.

2.Building Façade
Many offices in India are moving towards maintaining a glass façade for a superior looking finish to the architecture. However, building owners know the serious costs of lighting and air-conditioning that are shelled out for regular day-to-day functioning within. Installing Smart Glass would be instrumental in controlling the light and heat travelling through the glass, thereby cutting down on costs considerably.

3.Restaurants, Salons & Spas
The hospitality sector can use this type of glass as privacy screen between areas, external windows etc. They are a suitable replacement for traditional partitions such as curtains, blinders or even wooden partitions. The neat finish and utility makes them a much-preferred installation.

4.Hospitals
The medical sector is also opening up to using Smart Glass as part of its interiors. They are more hygienic and easier to maintain than traditional blinds and curtains. The option of changing the opacity levels on demand is extremely lucrative since it allows practitioners to make the glass opaque during examination and maintain a transparent to translucent visibility during other times for regular monitoring.

Green Building

Glass: The Most Eco-friendly Glass Material For Buildings

January 19, 2018

With the presence of global warming and ecological problems becoming a huge problem over the last few decades, every industry is trying to use materials that will lessen the effects of the same. With the use of sustainable material increasing by the day in the world, property developers and real estate companies are also doing their bit in improving the environment for a better future. This has led to the rise of green buildings. One of the most important materials in the construction of a green building is glass whose specialized energy efficient and eco-friendly varieties like solar control and tinted glass are used.

Green Buildings

The development of green buildings is a start towards that direction. Green buildings are buildings which use less water, optimize energy efficiency, conserve natural resources, generate less waste and provide healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building. They are also beneficial for the environment as most buildings use recycled and environmental friendly building materials and provide effective building management systems.

Use of Glass in Architecture of Green Buildings

To achieve all of this, developers use glass as a major component during the construction. Glass is known to be an excellent green material. Types of glasses like solar control glasses and low-e glass can reflect heat or UV rays to maintain optimal temperature inside the building. Glass in buildings also substantially reduces the need for artificial lighting and allows daylight to make the interiors airier and more open.

From design, appearance, thermal performance and comfort, to simple aesthetics, selecting the right glass is inevitably important for constructing a green building.

Glasses such as AIS Ecosense, a low-E high performance energy efficient glass helps a green building achieve great balance between all the parameters, and blocks a high amount of solar radiation by reflecting away the infrared part of sunlight. This helps building remain invariably cool in summers and cuts down on the energy bills and air conditioning usage.

Impact on Environment

The biggest advantage that makes glass a major component in green buildings is the fact that it is recyclable and also does not have a huge impact on the environment itself. Glass can play a role in accomplishing greater indoor environmental quality and when used carefully, can also improve energy efficiency. Along with tangible benefits, glass can also provide enhanced air quality, excellent day lighting and general health & well-being of the occupants. Through a global point of view, conservation of scarce national resources is also a huge advantage while its widespread acceptance and enhanced marketability for the project makes it a viable option for the industry too.

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THE BEST GLASS TYPES FOR EVERY ROOM

January 17, 2018

Glass is amongst the most extensively used materials in the architectural industry as it plays a crucial role in controlling the flow of heat and light in and out of your home. Glass should not be limited to a functional material or simply be an afterthought. It can also be used to enhance the decor of your interiors, which makes it one of the most versatile materials in architecture.

There are numerous window glass types and other specialized glass available today. Below, you’ll find one apt for each room in your home –

THE MASTER BEDROOM

Double Glazing Glass

The double glazed glass comprises of two layers of glass with another layer of gas sandwiched between the two. This gives it the high thermal performance that doubled glazed glass is well-known for. It reflects away the infrared heat during the summer season, keeping your room cool, while in the winter season, it retains the heat, keeping the room warm.

Laminated Glass

For the highest degree of protection, opt for laminated glass. It is manufactured by bonding together two or more sheets of glass with a plastic interlayer, usually PVB. Owing to its toughness, the glass is used for reinforcing security as it can stop burglars from entering the house and is also available with multi-lock mechanisms.

Smart Glass & Integrated Blinds

There’s nothing better than more privacy in a bedroom, and smart glass like AIS Swytchglas, which switches from transparent to translucent at the press of a button, provides you exactly that. Having integrated glass blinds also offer a great modern solution for your windows.

 

THE KIDS’ ROOM

Tempered Glass

This type of safety glass is well suited for the kids’ room. Its safety features ensure that little children stay away from harm’s way. Tempered glass is impact resistant, thereby reducing chances of injury. It is made out of ordinary annealed glass which is hardened considerably through the process of heating and rapid cooling. In case of heavy impact, the glass shatters into small pieces without sharp edges. The glass is 4-5 times stronger than regular glass, making it the ideal choice for the kids’ room.

THE LIVING ROOM

Stained Glass and Clear Glass

This type of glass is widely used for aesthetic purposes, commonly spotted in the windows of old buildings. This coloured, decorative glass can be found in churches, funeral homes and museums. When installed at your house, it allows ample amount of light in while ensuring your privacy. For table-tops, you should use clear glasses.

Clear Glass

Lacquered Glass

An immensely popular decorative glass which you can utilize in your kitchen cabinet windows is lacquered glass. It’s stunning painted appearance, eco-friendliness, and heat and moisture resistance make it ideal for the conditions of a kitchen.

THE BATHROOM

Frosted Glass

Frosted glass is subjected to a sandblasting technique that turns ordinary glass slightly opaque. This effect helps in maintaining privacy, and is a popular choice for bathrooms, glass partitions or walls. Moreover, the glass requires low maintenance as it does not allow dust to stick to its surface.

Toughened Glass

Windshield Auto Glass: Manufacturing & Benefits

January 10, 2018

We all the know the basic components of a car. Wheels, doors, door handles, headlights and tail lights are all permanent fixtures even on the most basic car model available in the market right now. However, the most underrated installation on any vehicle has to be the safety glass on the windshield. The windshield protects all the passengers from any kind of injury from any kind of external damage, which range from small dents caused by weathering or any kind of mishap or accident. The windshield has undergone a lot of development over the years, from the times it was cleaned by the driver himself to windshield wipers that can sense when it rains and automatically switch on.

Windshields, or auto glass have one of the most important functions of the car: save the passengers from any kind of bodily harm. But how does a material like glass become so strong so as to not damage anyone inside the car?

Auto Glass

 

Makings of a Windshield

Unlike side windows, which are made from toughened glass, the windshield is a very advanced form of laminated glass that has been perfected over the years to provide the best safety standards on a car. From the glue that keeps the layered glass together to the actual fitting of the windshield on the vehicle, the process is extensive and is very carefully conducted.

The glass formula of the windshield is firstly put through a float chamber. The raw materials in this chamber are heated to a point so that they melt and are fed onto a bath of molten tin where the glass is rested till it becomes flat. The glass is then formed and cut through a process called annealing and after it is put on a mould for the correct shape. It is then laminated by pressing it repeatedly through rollers to make it transparent and strong. This process helps in strengthening the glass, which itself has a lot of benefits. Laminated glass, technically, consists of two layers of strengthened glass sandwiched by a plastic interlayer, usually PVB (poly vinyl butyral) that acts as a buffer and a glue which holds on to the glass even after shattering.

Benefits of a Windshield Glass

There are a lot of advantages of the modern windshield, which include:

•It gives you ample protection from any kind of external factors that can affect you.
•It contributes to the overall structural integrity of the vehicle, working in tandem to keep the entire vehicle safe.
•It also helps in deploying air bags, because if the adhesive is put up properly, the airbags can discharge without any hitches.
•It also provides protection for not just the driver, but the passenger too, effectively reducing the number of injuries that can suffered in case anything goes wrong.

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Reduce Your Energy Bills with Glass Solutions

January 6, 2018

In the 21st century, there is an increasing emphasis on environment conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability. The world is more sensitized to reducing wastage of energy than ever before. In order to keep up with times, it is important that whether it is your home or office, it should ideally be a green building that helps you save energy and reduce energy bills. In pursuit of this efficiency, glass construction and architecture can be of much use.

Solar Glass

Some of the leading glass suppliers in India have come up with modern glass solutions that will not only beautify your living and working space, but also help you reduce your dependency on electricity. These solutions, installed in windows, facades, doors, canopies, domes, etc. contribute towards creating a pleasing ambience inside. Let’s take a look at two of the best energy-efficient glass solutions in the industry:

Ecosense – A high performance solution for energy efficiency

The AIS Ecosense high performance glass is a brilliant offering from the house of AIS, the leading glass manufacturing company in India. It is equipped with advanced solar control technology since it is essentially a very high grade Low-E glass.

This glass has been designed in accordance with Indian climactic conditions, and is suitable for all kinds of extreme weather that the country experiences, right from the unbearable summers to the jittering winters. It provides a great balance between aesthetics and performance, and provides relief from the harsh conditions prevalent outdoors. It operates via filtering out solar radiation, such as the near-infrared rays, by absorbing a part of it and reflecting away the remaining amount. This enables cooler and brighter indoors at all times.

The great thing about Ecosense is that it is available in a wide variety of shades and colours to suit all your design and aesthetic needs. It is a great option for the façade of your building.

SunShield Heat Reflective Glass – For greater cooling efficiency
The AIS SunShield Heat Reflective Glass is another revolutionary energy efficient and economical solution for homes and offices. It is designed for the intolerable summer heat that is typically associated with Indian summers, with its advanced solar control properties and exceptional durability.

SunShield glass lets you cut on your electricity bills that get inflated due to excessive air conditioner usage by reducing the glare of sunlight. Its high grade external coating also filters out the harmful UV radiation, thereby bringing you all the benefits of natural light without affecting your health or making your environment uncomfortable due to the heat. Moreover, it is available in no less than seven brilliant shades to provide you the aesthetic look that you are looking for.

Toughened Glass

Types Of Glass For Heat Control

December 27, 2017

We all know how harmful the sun’s ultraviolet rays are if you are constantly exposed to them. We use all kind of products and items to protect ourselves from the rays like sunscreen lotions and umbrellas, but how do you protect yourself indoors? It is not possible to wall up every corner because of the need of ventilation. Therefore, the only way to save yourself from UV rays is to install heat-proof glass for windows. This variant of glass also helps in regulating the temperature of building like keeping it cool during day time and installing this glass will also help protect the building structure itself. There are a few sub-categories of heatproof glass that are prevalent in the market.

Reflective Glass

Reflective Glass is a type of heatproof glass that can be used for a wide range of architectural, aesthetic and energy efficiency related applications. A lot of variants of this glass, like AIS’ Sunshield Reflective Glass, combine durability with advanced solar control technology, effectively reducing heat from entering the building for an overall high performance glass product.

You can use reflective glass for helping reduce the glare of the sun and improve the energy efficiency of any home or commercial space. This is possible in products like the Sunshield Reflective Glass due to its solar control properties that curb the amount of glare that passes through the toughened glass. It also has protective qualities with a coating that keeps you safe from the harmful effects of UV radiation. They also provide aesthetically pleasing exteriors for both homes and offices, making it a non-intrusive yet stylish option.

toughened glass

Tinted Glass

Another type of heatproof glass is tinted glass. This glass absorbs the energy from the sun and controls its radiation. This enables it to cut down on the sun’s heat and gives greater convenience and comfort inside of the building that houses this glass, and also helps in enhancing the aesthetic appeal of its exteriors. Glass companies which make tinted glass, like AIS which has come up with its Tinted Heat-absorbing glass, make it a point to reduce the quantity of heat flowing into the buildings, lessening cooling-load on air-conditioning and saving energy costs.

The Tinted heat-absorbing glass absorbs 30% to 45% of the solar heat incident on the glass surface depending on its tint and thickness. The tinted glass itself is highly flexible in terms of the ways it can be used, so architects and designers try to incorporate new design trends in their building if they are using this type of glass. Tinted glass like AIS’s glass variant protects against glare and allows less visible light transmission which helps in creating a soothing environment while reducing the effects of UV rays.

Toughened Glass, uPVC windows

Design the Perfect Room for Your Baby with Glass

December 22, 2017

As you get ready to welcome a new-born baby in your life and at your home, it is obvious that you must have given thought to how your baby’s room will look from the inside. The wallpapers, posters, paint, toys, and other accessories must be on the top of your list. However, while ensuring that the room’s interiors are spot on and infant-friendly, it should be noted that the architecture and exterior also plays a huge role in building the room’s ambience.

With the help of uPVC windows and modern day glass applications, you can provide a peaceful, healthy and friendly environment for your baby in his or her room where the child can play, sleep, and pretty much spend most of his nascent life. You should keep in mind various factors and attributes that make a great nursery room for your baby, such as safety, comfortable temperature, lack of solar radiation, proper lighting, and protection from outdoor noise. uPVC solutions help you put a check against all these parameters on the list.

uPVC Window

What is uPVC?

uPVC stands for unplasticized polyvinyl chloride, a versatile polymer that is one of the most preferred and beneficial window framing solutions in use. uPVC is available in degree of colours and is very low maintenance as compared to other traditional profiles, such as wood or aluminium. Also, it has very high shelf life, and is aesthetically extremely sound. What’s more, uPVC also offers other advantages necessary for a modern house, such as noise-cancellation, energy efficiency, safety, and security.

What are the various uPVC window solutions that are perfect for a new-born’s room?

With the right match of glass and uPVC profiles, you can create a highly functional living space for your baby.

You can install energy-saving uPVC windows which help you cut down on energy bills by keeping the interior of your baby’s room comfortable and cool in the harsh summers. Glass solutions, such as AIS Ecosense, can help you provide 40-50% protection from outside heat, and filter out the harmful UV radiation.

You can protect your baby from external noise and disturbances by installing noise-cancelling uPVC windows. Specialized acoustic glazing helps in trimming down noise levels by up to 42 dB.

With the help of impact-proof toughened glass solutions installed with robust uPVC framing, you can rest assured that your child will stay safe in his or her nursery. Even if toughened glass shatters, it breaks into harmless micro-granules that rarely cause injury.

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3 Laminated Glass Types You Should Know About

December 8, 2017

In the glass industry, laminated glass is held in very high regard. It is an extremely important type of glass which finds numerous applications due to its properties and benefits. In the field of architecture and automobiles, laminated glass is used almost everywhere: windows, doors, facades, table-tops, bathrooms, meeting rooms, partitions, cabins, car windscreen, etc.

Car Windscreen

For the uninitiated, laminated glass is manufactured by sandwiching a plastic interlayer, usually polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between two or more glass panes. This layer acts like a glue and a buffer zone which provides the glass with many highly beneficial properties like impact resistance, acoustic insulation, temperature control, etc. One very important property of laminated glass is that, if at all it does break, it does not shatter like ordinary glass or tempered glass. The glass sheets crack but do not separate as they remain stuck to the plastic interlayer.

Depending upon their usage and functionality, there are many different types of laminated glass available in the market. Here are the three of them:

1.Laminated Glass for Noise Cancellation
It has become increasingly essential for the interior atmosphere of any building, whether it be a home or an office, to be harmonious and peaceful. This means that all the unwanted external noise and disturbances that might affect people inside need to be eliminated.

In such a scenario, laminated glass varieties that are specifically built to cancel out external noise, such as AIS AcousticglasTM, should be incorporated in the building architecture. This type of glass has a PVB interlayer that dampens sound by up to 90%, and is ideal for not only the building exterior, but the partitions, cabins and meeting rooms inside as well.

2.Laminated Glass for Security & Safety
The primary use for laminated glass comes in the form of reinforcing the safety and security of a building and its interiors. In the architectural segment, high grade specialized laminated glass is used so as to provide not only protection against heavy impact and damage, but also forced entry and intrusion.

Most of these glass types don’t even require grills or shutters, and can be combined with multi-locking systems to safeguard your home, office or retail store. Additionally, laminated safety glass is also highly durable and provides high light transmission as well. Some laminated glass varieties, like the AIS SecurityplusTM with Dupont Sentry interlayer, are five times stronger than ordinary laminated glass.

3.Laminated Glass for Automotive Windshields
Cars are incomplete without laminated glass. In order to deliver a high performance glass in the windshield needs to be laminated. This is because windshields are the most prone to accidental damage, which makes the driver and side-passenger vulnerable to critical injury.

Since laminated glass doesn’t shatter in to sharp pieces and is highly impact resistant, it is preferred in the windscreen. Other value-added laminated glass products are also available for automobiles, such as solar control glass, infrared-cut windshields and PET windshield.

windshield glass

Best Glass Types for Constructing an Energy-Efficient Building

December 5, 2017

The term eco-friendly has become a common occurrence nowadays because of the concerns surrounding the environment and the rapid decline caused by global warming. A lot of counter measures are being taken because of the same cause, and real estate developers have also taken up the mantle to protect the environment and make their buildings less intrusive and with a smaller global footprint. One way they can achieve this is through using glass for window panels that can be environment friendly and energy efficient. Using different types of glass also guarantees a stylish and unique architecture for buildings, which makes it another advantage for builders looking for green solutions. Here are a few types of glasses that can be used for the same.

Ecosense

Ecosense, manufactured by AIS, is a great solar control energy efficient glass solution which lets the building use the sunlight to brighten up the interiors while eliminating the factor of heat. It is basically a high performance glass with a low-E coating which limits the emissivity of light passing through the glass. Ecosense absorbs or reflects away majority of the infrared rays responsible for the heat.

This helps in controlling the temperature inside the building and also makes it more comfortable for the occupants, while simultaneously reducing any glare. It is also available in different shades and colours which help the building have an exclusive and distinctive look that increases the style quotient while reducing the impact on environment.

SunShield

This type of glass not only keeps the heat factor away, but it also reduces the sharp glare of the sun at locations where they can become irritating. The SunShield is a essentially a heat reflecting glass which is equipped with advanced solar control technology.  The SunShield glass is layered with a superior protective coating that reflects back UV radiation. With different shades that are available for this glass, it also gives a variety of options for people to choose from. It is perfect for home and commercial applications.

Opal

The Opal solar control glass is another wonderful energy efficiency glass product from the house of AIS. This hard-coated glass has become a very popular choice when it comes to choosing a glass for window frames in under-construction buildings. Its thickness and durability can be compared to that of the modern windshield glass on vehicles as its cutting edge technology makes it long lasting. It also lets glass manufacturers make it in different shapes and sizes, which offers a range of customizations, suitable for any need.

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