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A Simple Guide to Obscure Glazing

The way your windows look and function can be controlled by the features you select, whether it’s energy efficient glazing, blue glass or features to enhance your privacy.  But have you ever considered obscure glazing for your home or business property? If you’re thinking about opting for this solution when choosing new windows and doors, here’s everything you need to know.

You can choose different levels of obscurity to produce varying effects. This could be anything from only revealing silhouettes to completely hiding what’s behind the glass. When you select the preferred level, think about how this will affect the amount of light able to enter the room. Patterned glass may help to strike a balance between the two priorities, controlling where the sunlight shines in a room while maintaining privacy.

What Is Obscure Glass?

Obscure glass does what it says on the tin, altering the transparency of the glazing. There are lots of types of glass which come under this category, including textured and patterned glazing, frosted satin glass or any which distorts or blocks the view of what’s on the other side. Homeowners often choose obscure glazing for areas such as front and back doors, side panels and bathrooms. Businesses may also opt for this type of glass when distorting views into offices or private areas.

 

You can choose different levels of obscurity to produce varying effects. This could be anything from only revealing silhouettes to completely hiding what’s behind the glass. When you select the preferred level, think about how this will affect the amount of light able to enter the room. Patterned glass may help to strike a balance between the two priorities, controlling where the sunlight shines in a room while maintaining privacy.

Slimline Glass Roofs

The sleek style of a sky room is created via the use of slimline frames, so an aluminium profile is often the best choice to achieve this. Aluminium is preferred for ultra-slim profiles thanks to its strength, meaning it can hold larger panes of glass without compromising on the quality of the glass roof. Without bulky, obtrusive frames, it produces an elegant look, while remaining discreet. With minimal sightlines, aluminium sky rooms deliver more expansive views and high levels of natural lighting to pour into your new spaces. 

Pilkington Texture Glass

While many choose obscure glazing for specific rooms or spaces within their property, there are some situations where you may be required to install this type of glass, according to UK planning laws. This is particularly important if you’re installing new windows and doors where planning permission isn’t required, as this is only the case if you follow all local authority rules. An example of this is where new windows are installed in upper-floor side elevations. This is to protect the privacy of neighbouring properties or boundaries being overlooked. The same applies to skylights and roof lights if they’re placed in a side elevation roof slope.

Speak to an Obscure Glazing Supplier

At Unique Windows, we offer double glazing solutions for our customers across Surrey and South London. This includes obscure glazing products and Pilkington Glass. We’re a supplier and installer, so speak to our team about our end to end services in your local area. Contact our team today.

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