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What is Patination?

Achieving an antique aesthetic to glazing

Patination is the process of using chemicals to develop or form colour on the surface of metals, particularly bronze and copper. The application of chemicals to the surface of the metal speeds up the natural ageing process which results in a colour change. The colour of the metal can be altered depending on the length of time that the chemicals are left on the surface of the metal for.

The process of Patination is similar to rusting whereby the colour of the metal changes due to chemical reactions within the air, however rusting isn’t a beneficial process for the metal. Patination can occur gradually over time due to natural weathering however, to create the desired finish straight away the process can be accelerated.

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Fluted glass for Steel Glazing Systems

What is fluted glass?

fluted glass

Fluted glass is a form of decorative glass that is identifiable by its numerous vertical grooves. This textured glass is the perfect solution to achieve an element of privacy within the home while still allowing light to shine through. The flutes of the glass let the light in but distort direct sunlight to reduce harsh glares within the internal spaces. Fluted glass is popular among architects and interior designers who are looking to add texture within glazing systems while also adding privacy to living spaces. Read more “Fluted glass for Steel Glazing Systems”


Steel Bi Fold Door vs Aluminium Bi Fold Door

The differences between Steel and Aluminium Bifold Doors.

Bi Fold Doors

When looking for a new patio door a bi folding door is still one of the most popular design choices available. A bifold door set will open up an entire wall of a house to the garden providing a 90% clear opening. This is a great solution for projects looking for an internal to external living space that act as one environment. Read more “Steel Bi Fold Door vs Aluminium Bi Fold Door”


The Importance of Thermally Broken Frames

When you are looking at the metal window and door options you may see the term ‘thermally broken’ or ‘non-thermally broken’ scattered throughout the information you are reading.

If you are not experienced in selecting or specifying steel frames this may be a foreign phrase to you but it is one that is very important when choosing the steel window/door system. Read more “The Importance of Thermally Broken Frames”