Safety around the home is of paramount importance, with safety glass required wherever there is risk of human impact – this is mandated in the NZ Building Code.
Annealed glass tends to break into longer, jagged shards which can cause significant injury. So there are two main options for safety glass - toughened and laminated. Toughened glass has undergone heat treatment and is ideal for safety, strength and temperature resistance. If it is broken, it will break into small pieces, which reduces the risk of injury.
Laminated glass incorporates an interlayer between two pieces of glass. It is much more difficult to break and if it does, the interlayer holds the glass fragments together. Laminated glass is an option for areas close to doors or latches to reduce the chance of burglars breaking the glass and entering your home.
Another point to note is the hardware for your joinery. You can get venting handles which will allow you to open your window and let air flow circulate while still restricting your window opening. We also provide restrictor/ saftey stays options for added safety. Please make sure you discuss your requirements with your RetroFit consultants as stays do not secure or protect your house against theft or break-ins. The purpose of a stay within your home is, but not limited to; prevent a child from opening or falling out of a window from the second story. If you are wanting to prevent theft or break-ins the best form of defence is to ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked when you are not home.
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