Broken Windows? Unbreakable Glass Might Be the Way to Stop It from Happening Again
There comes a time in every home owner's life when they say, no, never again. What precisely must never happen again can vary, whether it's a family dog that has used the carpet as a toilet or teenage children whose bedrooms give pigsties a bad name. While these things might, in fact, happen again, there is one thing at home that you will be determined to never allow to happen again. Have you ever had to deal with a broken window? There's the mess (which can be dangerous), the feeling of insecurity when your home has inadvertently been opened to the world and the cost of emergency glass replacement. It's all a bit much. You deal with the problem, say never again, and that is that. Until it happens again. Perhaps some homes are more susceptible to broken windows. It might be out of your control (such as recurring bouts of extreme weather), or it might be simple human error (such as children who are too enthusiastic when they play outside). If you're tired of requiring glass replacement for a broken window, have you ever thought about unbreakable glass?
There are two key types of unbreakable glass, although technically speaking, one of them isn't glass at all. The first method involves a standard glass window, which then has a transparent and highly-durable plastic film applied to either side. You might have seen these types of windows at shops and offices that have been the unfortunate victim of vandalism (or an attempted burglary). The glass still cracks, but it's held in place by the film, so there are no dangerous shards spread across the ground. When damaged, the window will still offer security and will keep out the elements but will still need to be replaced, even if largely for aesthetic reasons.
The second type of unbreakable window is actually a strong plastic, usually made of polycarbonate. It visually mimics glass, although it can feel different to the touch. It's extremely tough, and it would take a dedicated effort with a suitably-strong implement to actually break it, meaning that a stray ball or a branch propelled by wind will just bounce off the window.
Installation and Care
Most glass replacement companies can install these types of unbreakable glass, and the installation process is largely identical to when traditional glass is fitted. You will generally need a specialised cleaner (which is easy to source) to reflect the fact that the surface you need to clean is not in fact glass.
So if you've had to deal with multiple broken windows, or have vowed to never let it happen more than once, unbreakable glass can be a great choice.