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Crystal Clear: A Blog About The Wonderful World Of Glass

I first fell in love with glass when I was ten years old. My mother took me to see a wonderful recital where the pianist was playing a glass piano. I was mesmerised by the way the piano shone and sparkled as it reflected the stage lights. I could never have imagined such a glamorous object. Ever since then, i have been fascinated by different types of glass. From stained glass panels to one-way mirrors, my eyes will always notice the glass fixtures in a room first. Recently, I ate at a restaurant in Japan where the entire floor was made of patterned glass. Needless to say, I was too excited to eat! This blog is for those who are looking for glass items and glass lovers like myself. I hope it gives you a peek into the wonderful world of glass and the options out there. Please tread carefully.


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The Benefits of Aluminium Window Frames

by Ellen Jokinen

Are the window frames in your home looking a little worse for wear? Before you upgrade them to a traditional wood or PVC option, you should consider the growing trend of aluminium window frames. Here are some of the benefits:

Totally weather proof. If you need to invest in exterior window frames, it's particularly important to consider how your frames will hold up to the elements. With a natural material like wood, there are some problems you might encounter, such as warping, and mould and fungus growth when exposed to moisture. Neither of these things are a problem with aluminium frames. And unlike other metals, aluminium doesn't even rust, so these frames will be extremely low maintenance once they are installed.

Long lasting. When you invest money in a window frame, the very last thing you want is to have to replace them just a few years later. Because of how resistant to the water aluminium is, your frames will last much longer than wood or PVC. Your aluminium window frames should last between twenty and thirty years, so you may not even have to replace them at all.

A green choice. In the 21st century, the environmental impact of home and garden choices is something that more and more people are taking into consideration. The good news with aluminium is that it is 100% recyclable and therefore one of the most environmentally sound choices in the marketplace. Not that you will even need to replace your frames because they will last for such a long time. With an option like PVC, it will emit toxic chemicals as it degrades. This is both bad news for the planet, and a recent study has also shown that these toxins can promote the development of asthma in young children.

Choose your finish. Something that can put some home owners off aluminium frame is that they don't like the visual idea of chunks of metal being attached to their homes. But there have been vast strides in the way aluminium can be manipulated in recent years, and this material can pretty much look any way that you want it to. You can give it a tint, or you could even give it a wood grain if you want the effect of wood without the hassle of its upkeep.

Enjoy your brand new aluminium frames – a great looking and low maintenance choice for your home.