When to use obscure glass


October 15 2020
CAT 1

Are you replacing windows in your home? If so, you might be wondering whether obscure glass would be a good choice or whether you should opt for plain glazing. It’s important to be aware, however, that although obscure glass is a good choice in certain situations, it’s actually required in others. If you’re confused about when to use obscure glass in windows, read on to find out everything you need to know.

What is obscure glass?

The first thing you need to know is what obscure glass actually is. There are several types of obscure glass, and they can be told apart from standard glass because they have a partial lack of transparency. Glass is classified as obscure if it obscures or distorts any items on its opposite side. This can be achieved by using patterns or textures. Some obscure glass only slightly distorts the view while others hide the items completely or only reveal their silhouette. 

Creating privacy for your bathroom

The first window in your home that you will need to use obscure glass for is your bathroom. It stands to reason that without obscure glass, you cannot achieve the necessary level of privacy for this space. After all, nobody wants passers by to see them in the shower! There are many types of obscure glass that you can choose for your bathroom that will still allow plenty of natural light to come through without impacting on your modesty. 

Overlooking other properties

If you have a window that overlooks other properties or that is overlooked by a neighbouring house, you may want to consider using obscure glass. This will help to protect both your own privacy and the privacy of the occupants of the next-door property. If you would prefer not to have a fully obscure window, you could choose obscure glass for the lower half of the window and clear glazing for the top. This will help to prevent others from looking into your home while also allowing a view of the outdoors. 

Complying with building regulations

In some situations, you will need to use obscure glass in certain windows of your home to comply with necessary building regulations or planning permissions. For example, if you are adding a window to the side elevation of your property that will be below the height of 1.75 metres you will need to use obscure glass in it. When fitting any window to your home, you should make sure that you check the planning permission or building regulation requirements to ensure that the glazing that you have chosen is compliant. The local authority will require a certain privacy level of between 1 and 5 for each window, and you will need to ensure that you have adhered to this regulation. 

Choosing your new windows

If you’re choosing new obscure windows, SafeChoice has an impressive range that are perfect for any property. Whether traditional or contemporary, our selection of beautiful windows are sure to improve the kerb appeal of your home while also increasing your security and comfort.

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