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Safety – Security Glass: The Importance of Safety/Security Glass

Demanding safety legislation has highlighted the critical areas where modern safety glazing must comply with the required safe practice.

Innovations in the development of Safety/Security glass has opened up new avenues of design, allowing people to be protected from personal injury or in the most extreme cases protecting buildings from various forms of attack.

With this in mind, we have developed a widerange of sophisticated products, in order to meet these ever increasing demands, without compromising on the design criteria of naturallight and visibility.

We are always at the forefrontin developing products and industry standards,so that personal accident and serious injuries resulting from glass impact are further preventedor minimised.

What does “Safety” and “Security” mean?

Although Safety and Security are closely linked topics, it is important to understand the distinction between the two terms, to ensure the right glass is specified.

The term “Safety” is applied to glazing used toreduce the risk of accident by impact, fracture,shattering, or in a fire. The term “Security”is applied to glazing, which in addition to “Safety”, is able to withstand a variety of deliberate attacks such as manual, ballistic or blast.

Using the right type of glass for security applicationsis not enough to ensure the necessary resistanceto severe loads. Since the glass can behave differently in different framing systems, it is imperative to combine high performance glazing with high performance framing systems to achieve the level of protection required.

What is toughened glass?

Toughened glass is manufactured by subjecting the finished glass size to a heating and cooling treatment which set up high compressive stresses at the surface, and balancing tensile stresses in the centre of the glass, which increases its strength. The result is a glass that is 5 times stronger than ordinary glass of the same thickness.

The high compressive surface stresses give the glass its increased resistance to mechanical and thermal stresses. It can, however, break under extreme loads or by severe impact. When broken, toughened glass shatters into small, blunt-edged fragments, reducing the risk of personal injury.

Heat strengthened glass is produced by a similar process to toughened glass, however, the strength developed is about half that of toughened glass. It does not meet the safe break criteria for safety glass because its breakage pattern resembles that of annealed glass. It is used to provide glass that is resistant to thermal stress and for laminating where greater glass strength is required.

Most glass is available in toughened form.Toughened Safety Glass providesan economical and proven solution wherenational standards or Codes of Practice specifically require the use of safety glazing material. Examples include passageways, areas of high pedestrian traffic, in doors and adjacent panels, shower and bath enclosures, balconiesand barriers amongst others.

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What is laminated glass?

Laminated glass is produced by combining two or more sheets of float glass with one or more interlayers. The most popular interlayer used is a polyvinylbutyral (PVB) interlayer, which is processed with heat and pressure under factory conditions.

The interlayers ensure the integrity of the glass; by holding the broken pieces in place should any damage occur. In fact, glass fragments adhere strongly to the interlayer, while the resistant cushioning effect dissipates the energy. Laminated glass performance can be influenced simply by changing the number and thickness of each layerof glass and PVB interlayer. By doing this, we can offer a wide range of products suitable formany applications.

For additional noise control performance, the productis further enhanced by using specially developed acoustic interlayers

Laminated glass can be used in many applications including glazed building entrances, internal doors,overhead and roof glazing, swimming poolsand windows in critical risk locations. It is available in a wide range of thicknesses


In addition to safety, security and noise control, laminated glass may also be used to provide supplementary benefits such as solar control,thermal insulation, self-cleaning and decoration.

As a security glass this product features include the ability to

- retains its overall integrity and continues to actas a barrier even if the glass breaks
- protects from vandalism and burglary
- protects against break-ins by preventing orslowing down burglary attempts
- withstand repeated blows from heavyobjects such as bricks, hammers or crowbars
- be used in typical applications which displayvaluable goods, such as banks, building societies,museums

Cairns Local Glass - Who We Are
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We offer professional Glazier services that include emergency glass repair, security screens, window and door repairs, shower screens, kitchen splashbacks and commercial shop front glass. This enables us to do the job to the highest standard, fast.

Based in Cairns, we are your glass, glazing and aluminium specialists with over 30 years experience in glass and glazing services for domestic, commercial and industrial applications.

Valued client, this means when you use Cairns Local Glass you get a professional job, on time, at a value for money price, guaranteed!

products and services We Provide
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We are your Cairns glass specialists with experience in the local industry stretching back as far as 1975. We are the recognised professionals in all types of glass products including the niche services offered by out emergency glass repairs Cairns division. We also work with other specialised associated sideline services such as the design, manufacture and installation of security screens Cairns. When it comes to the bathroom we can help with custom made quality mirrors and fully customiseable shower screens Cairns. In your home kitchen we have had some great results with the design and installation of high quality splashbacks Cairns which will make any boring kitchen a centrepiece of a home.

Australian Standards Compliance
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The AS 1288 – 2006 Glass in Buildings – Australian Standard determines the minimum requirements for glass to be used in buildings throughout Australia. Our glaziers work to these standards when working with glass in commercial buildings.

Using these standards in installation helps building owners meet their legal obligations by providing a comprehensive survey service which inspects and documents every glazing element in the premises and enables any necessary upgrade work to be completed. This also allows future reactive glass repairs and replacement work to be completed quicker with minimal disruption.

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Contact Us

Telephone: 07 4033 7556
Email: sales@cairnslocalglass.com.au
Office: 190 Newell Street, Bungalow, QLD, 4870, Australia

Our usual service area extends from Cairns city to the surrounding areas, from Palm Cove in the north and to Gordonvale-Yarrabah in the south. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are outside of these locations as we will gladly provide travel based service for you.