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The 4 Superb Benefits of Skylights

Discover the benefits of Skylights. Is there any other glazing application that has quite the same impact as a Skylight? Whether it be for aesthetics, natural light, ventilation or energy savings, Skylights will always contribute positively, doing so with a sense of mystique and elegance, a certain je ne sais quoi unrivalled by other glass fittings. In this piece, we’ll delve into the big four Skylight highlights, the things that make this particular form of roof application so desirable to homeowners, and how you can get the best out of yours.

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We are Launching a New Campaign to Improve Stillage Tracking

We’re currently facing the worst stillage shortage Clayton Glass has ever endured. So, we are launching a new stillage tracking campaign that will see us retain a higher quantity of our stillages at any one time. The campaign will involve a new stillage-tracking app and late return charges as a last resort.

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What Are Brewsters Fringes?

What are Brewsters Fringes? Ever wondered why your windows sometimes display an oily rainbow effect when viewed in certain lights? Well wonder no more. What you’re seeing is the optical phenomenon known as “Brewster’s Fringe’s”. So what are Brewsters Fringes? In this short piece, we will explain what Brewster’s Fringes are, what causes them and why you need not worry about their effect on the performance of your windows.

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2019 CHRISTMAS DELIVERY TIMES

Please note our Christmas shutdown this year will run from Friday 20th December until Monday 6th January. To reiterate, our last delivery day in 2019 will be Friday December 20th, although volumes dependent we may well bring forward any orders for this day to minimise deliveries, especially distance on the last day.

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How to Provide the Best Customer Service

How to provide the best customer service: Meet Sarah

Sarah Butterfield is one of our Customer Service Representatives at Clayton Glass. Today, Sarah tells us all about: the reason she chose to pursue a career in customer service, how to provide the best customer service, as well as her dream holiday destinations and more…

 

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6 Brilliant Benefits of Bifold Doors

Are you tired of not being able to see most of your garden? Do you have sleepless nights thinking about how your current setup doesn’t maximise your front rooms natural light potential? Perhaps, you are thoroughly demoralised when your friends talk about how much they love their new ‘folding doors’… Do you wish there was a way you could bring the outside inside? Spoiler alert – you can! Glass Bifold doors are the ultimate feature for any homeowner that longs for their slightly-antiquated pad to look a fair bit younger and cooler. Without further ado let us look into the 6 brilliant benefits of bifold doors…

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Why is Health and Safety Important in the Workplace?

Magda Karon is Clayton Glass’ highly-regarded Health and Safety Officer, and has been for the last 12 years. I sat down with Magda for an interview about all things health and safety. Plus: the importance of health and safety in the workplace, her exciting Clayton Glass journey, her favourite animals – and loads more…

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Clayton Glass Academy: Second Phase Announced in Partnership with Derwentside College

Clayton Glass has announced that it will be taking on more applicants from Consett-based college – Derwentside College. “We are delighted to continue this fruitful partnership” said Clayton Glass Managing Director, Ryan Green.

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Top 10: Most Beautiful Glass Buildings in the World

Glass is one of the most desirable building materials in modern times. To expand, when it comes to designing a structure that is both energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing in equal measure, glass is often the answer. No matter whether you be an artist, or an architect. Let’s count down the top 10 most beautiful glass buildings in the world today…


Please note: all choices are the opinion of this writer.


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AUTUMN – GLAZING VIEWING CRITERIA

As we move again towards the colder shorter days, and low light of Autumn we’re reminded of the seasonal glass issues that this time of year can bring for installers. Last Autumn we published some guidelines on external condensation, we hope you found this useful and its posted again here as a reminder.

This year I’d briefly like to look at the effect of the morning and evening sun, its temporary effect on the visuals of installed glass and thus the importance of glass manufacturer, installer and customer all operating to the same standardised inspection criteria.

This really struck me whilst driving home in bright Autumn sun, through a tree lined street last week. I became suddenly aware that the sky was teaming with thousands, millions of particles – it literally looked like the attack of the midgies. Tiny flies, grains of dust, and pollen were shining like millions of little lights in front of me and for a second it was a bit alarming, as if an insects nest had been disturbed and they were swarming all over.

Suddenly the sun went behind a tree and it all disappeared, instantly.  When the bright and direct light disappeared, so did the flies. Or actually they didn’t –  it just dawned on me that they are always there, it’s just only under extreme lighting conditions could they be seen so vividly.

This incident brought to mind the problems that can be associated with glass units, when viewed in extreme light.

It’s the time of year where we are getting a few instances each week where we are being asked for replacements due to marks in cavity, from installations many months previous. The home owner was assumedly happy with their glass and windows for several months, but on certain days, at certain times of year and from certain angles small marks, streaks or other visual effects are apparent.

The Glass & Glazing Federation inspection criteria to which we adhere says of viewing conditions:

 ‘Do so in natural daylight, but not directly towards the sun and with no visible moisture on the surface of the glass’

Ignoring these instructions and viewing in direct sunlight, and especially at an oblique angle to the glass, will almost certainly result in otherwise invisible visual effects being noticeable, such as:

  • A bloom or haze illuminating the cavity (This is the low E surface catching the light)
  • Milky or dusty appearance
  • The accentuation of small scratches and particles

Just a reminder therefore to encourage all staff and customers to be aware of and to follow these instructions when considering whether a unit should be replaced not. We often offer site visits but are told only to come at certain times of the day when the sun is round – this should always ring alarm bells.

  • View in daylight but not direct sunlight
  • View at right-angles to the glass, from 2 metres
  • Look through not at the glass

If these instructions are not followed properly, then almost certainly both installer and IGU supplier are going to spend time and money which could be avoided with the right understanding of inspection criteria.

http://www.ggf.org.uk/publication/quality_of_vision_double_glazing


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