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What’s the Best Sound Rating Glass on the Gold Coast?

Here at Southern Cross Windows, we are committed to providing the best glazing solutions for the whole of our customers’ needs. From bi fold doors and windows to security screens, we offer a great range of products and expertise to cater for all your requirements.

One of our fastest growing demands is for glazing products, which offer protection from outside irritants, including excess noise.

We are the experts on the Gold Coast providing multiple sound reduction solutions to help make your living spaces more comfortable and not feel like the highway traffic is going to be coming through the side of the house.

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A lot of people look to double-glazing, which is quite effective but is more suitable for climate control and commercial applications.  Being on the Gold Coast, climate control isn’t really a major concern.  As with all technology, double-glazing is part of a process that has produced a great new generation of products, which still perform like the older-style double-glazing with improved aspects.

Double-glazing was invented to reduce the interference of outside noise while preserving the energy within buildings to help keep heating costs as low as possible. It relies on an extra layer of glass and a spacer to reduce the sound, thus giving extra protection between the outside and the inside, doubling the efficiency of single glazing.

Today, there is a technological breakthrough that gives you this added protection at a fraction of the cost.

Acoustic Glass

Major glass suppliers have engineered an acoustic glass that provides the sound reduction, that you need which we at Southern Cross believe will represent the next generation of Gold Coast sound reduction products, without compromising safety or style.

Acoustic glass is a laminated glass that uses an advanced interlayer enabling it to absorb more sound energy, helping to reduce different types of noise, especially high-frequency types.  According to Viridian, their VLam Hush™ buffers outside sound, decreasing sound by up 34% in comparison to ordinary glass^.

This revolutionary new glass technology has a noise inter-layer inbetween the two layers of your glass, which enhances sound insulation without interfering with the amount of light entering your home or business.

By installing acoustic glass, you will get the benefits of both double-glazing and window tinting, with an extra level of noise insulation.  As this glazing can be made to fit any size of door and window panel, it is perfect for homes and businesses.

Here on the Gold Coast, this kind of solution is a WINNER.  Whatever option you choose, the team at Southern Cross is committed to installing only the best solution for all our customers.

Find Out More

To find out more about Gold Coast sound reduction and all our other great glazing solutions at Southern Cross Windows, visit our website, or call 07 5534 3300.

 

Commercial Framed Windows

Benefits of Commercial Framed Windows for Your Business

If you are renovating your business and thinking of investing in aluminium products, you will be keen to know everything you can about the advantages of this versatile material.

Aluminium windows and bifold doors have steadily increased in popularity over the past few decades.

For a long time, there was a misconception among consumers that aluminium products were only available in silver and were not very customisable.

However, times have changed and with advances in technology and powder coating, aluminium products now come in an array of finishes and designs that are sure to incite your interest.

Southern Cross Windows is located on Queensland’s sunny the Gold Coast and specialises in the manufacture and installation of aluminium windows and doors.

Our products are locally made and tested to stringent Australian standards. Aluminium windows are durable and require little to no maintenance due to the metal’s anti-corrosive and weather-resistant properties.

The alloy can withstand a range of tough environmental conditions. Aluminium windows and doors resist swelling, cracking, splitting or warping.

Other products in this material feature advanced locking mechanisms, so you can relax knowing your commercial property is secure.

Overhauling your building’s current windows for commercial framed windows or new aluminium bifold doors from Southern Cross Windows will immediately make your business more eco-friendly and can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

We only supply and install high quality aluminium windows are exceptionally energy-efficient and offer excellent sound and thermal insulation.

You will notice a significant decrease in your business’ heating bills, as well as a reduction in external noise, which can disrupt employees.

Aluminium is also an affordable alternative to other materials yet still delivers on strength and versatility.

When you decide to go with aluminium products, you open yourself to a world of design flexibility.

With a huge selection of systems, finishes and glass options, we can help you tailor the right design to suit your company’s brand and image.

For example, if you can impress your clients with a sleek black or neutral grey set of window frames or bifold doors, the choice is really up to you. Our products come power-coated in a variety of contemporary colours.

At Southern Cross Windows, we pride ourselves in providing personalised care, quality products and professional workmanship. Why not contact us for an obligation-free quote? Call us at (07) 5534 3300.

You may also find our previous post “The Latest Trends in Aluminium Windows and Doors” of interest to you.

 

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Bring the Outside in with Bifold Doors!

The glorious weather on the Gold Coast is a big reason to embrace outdoor living.

Bifold doors could help you experience your yard in a unique way and make the most of the hot weather without sacrificing your comfort.

What Are Bifold Doors?

Bifold doors consist of different panels that are hinged together. The panels stack against each other when you open the doors. The doors feature aluminium frames with glass panels to give the room a full view of the outside.

Thanks to the design, these doors allow sunlight to enter the room without any obstructions.

Expand Your Space

One of the biggest advantages of bifold doors is they can give the impression of a bigger room.

The presence of natural light can open it up and make your living space blend in with the exterior. If you open the doors fully, you will enjoy an environment where the inside and outside of the home work together to give you the best of both worlds.

These doors are perfect if you love entertaining or if you enjoy alfresco dining.

These doors are very easy to use and to maintain. The panels slide and stack smoothly so anyone can operate them.

You simply need to clean the glass panels regularly and clean away sand or grit from the track system.

You can choose among a large range of colours to complement the existing décor of your home. The frame is powder-coated to make the system more durable.

The bifold model has a 4-point locking system to give you security and peace of mind.

The doors are customisable, and you can choose between single or double side stacking. You can have a single-entry door as well for added convenience without having to give up the benefits of a bifold door.

The maximum height for these doors is 3100mm and a maximum width of 8000mm so they can fit most openings.

If you are looking for ways to make your home more attractive whilst letting your family enjoy outdoor living, get a quote from Southern Cross Windows.

We are proud of the excellent services we offer, and we will make sure you are happy with your choice.

For expert advice on the design and installation of your new bi-fold doors or windows, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross Glass Doors and Windows on the Gold Coast.

We have a large range of frame colours and glass tints available.

You might find our previous post Why You Need Bi Fold Doors This Summer of interest:

Aluminium Sliding Doors

The latest trends in aluminium windows and doors

Are you thinking of replacing those tired and draughty old wooden doors and windows around your property?

Maybe you are considering changing to aluminium windows and doors instead. Switching to aluminium is an excellent choice due to the latest trends in the aluminium window and doors business.

It is an extremely effective choice and very hard to beat in efficiency and upkeep.

This is where we, at Southern Cross Glass Windows and Doors, can help you.

Customising to your style

People were once shy of installing all aluminium windows and doors throughout their home because they thought they only came in one style and colour.

Luckily for the homeowner, the industry has made great strides in being able to customise the colour and style of aluminium doors and windows, so they can be tailored to complement the existing décor.

Colours now range from light to dark and most colours in between due to the use of powder coatings, which are applied to the aluminium frame then bond with the metal to form a hard-wearing surface.

As for style: from Casement and sliding to louvre and double hanging, our qualified team can customise the frames to fit your existing areas.

Improved Energy Saving and Security

The biggest bonus of changing to aluminium windows and doors on your property is the very nature of how they are manufactured and fitted. Aluminium products already have many features built in, which you won’t find with more traditional wooden products. These types of doors and windows have full locking options, excellent seals and wide solid frames to prevent warping and gaps, therefore ensuring a tight and secure fit to help safeguard occupants from both the elements and homes intruders.

New Thinking and Styling

With the trends and changes in window fittings for modern properties, the aluminium windows and doors trade has come up with some of the most innovative choices to improve both the look and functionality of your home. Australia’s agreeable climate has lead to many changes in styles for windows and doors, with many people now wanting to open their homes to increase their living spaces.

The Australian weather is suitable for bringing the outside in, making bi-folding doors a popular option to improve the flow of your interiors to your outside space.

If you want a better flow of air through a room, louvre windows offer a breezier effect.
A great way to lighten a dull-lit hallway is to remove the solid timber door and install a door with glass panels, along with double-glazed vertical sidelight windows to allow in more light .
All these options can of course be achieved quite easily when working with aluminium windows and doors and give a whole new aspect and value to your property.

The choices are endless.

Contact our experienced team to refresh those old doors and windows, and give you a whole new look for your home.

Our aluminium products come with the peace of mind of enhanced security and low maintenance.

For expert advice on the design and installation of your new aluminium doors and windows, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross Glass Doors and Windows on the Gold Coast.

We have a large range of frame colours and glass tints available.

You might also find the following article of interest to help save on power bills over summer:

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What is a Bi-Fold Window?

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Bifold Windows

Bi-fold windows provide the wonderful function of connecting your interior spaces with your exterior spaces. This combination not only allows for a free-flowing entertainment space, it also provides unobstructed views. This allows your entire space to become one large area.

Function

Bi-fold windows are functional and stylish. They consist of a number of hinged framed window panels that fold into each other simply and elegantly, to open up any space.

Why Bi-Fold?

Bi-fold windows have the ability to transform your house. They provide a clear and unobstructed view, but they also ensure good ventilation and natural light. The lack of obstructive beams, columns, or panels, ensures that the connection between the interior and exterior is seamless.

But the seamlessness doesn’t end there. Their smooth and simple-to-operate sliding system comes with a clean exterior finish that complements and suits the design of almost any home.

Usage

Not all windows are created equally, or for the same purpose. The functionality of the bi-fold window means that they connect your interior spaces with your exterior spaces. It also means that they can connect the spaces inside your house. For instance, a bi-fold window is perfectly designed to bring together your kitchen and your dining area.

This created space could be used as a breakfast or afternoon tea counter or as a functional space to prepare a snack. This same function can be used to serve food from the kitchen to the living area or your outdoor entertainment area.

Visibility

With superior security and precisely hinged frames, bi-fold windows block out noise perfectly. At the same time, they provide unobstructed views so that you can look out to the pool or garden and watch the kids play while enjoying the calmness of your interior living areas.

The discrete and unobtrusive design means that any opening can be turned into a relaxing window seat to overlook your spectacular Gold Coast ocean views.

Preference

Aluminium bi-fold windows are powder-coated, which means they have a high durability. Because of this, they don’t require huge amounts of upkeep and are easy to clean. Bi-fold windows are available in a wide range of colours and designs, meaning you can style your home however you want.

Bi-fold windows are the perfect addition to your home. They can transform any room or living area into a multi-functional, free-flowing space that you won’t know how you lived without. For an obligation-free quote on your windows, contact Southern Cross Windows today.

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Are all Bifold Doors Created Equal?

The short answer is NO. With Bi fold doors becoming popular in home renovations, people need to be aware that not all bi fold doors are created equal. A rule of thumb I always tell people is “You get what you pay for and generally speaking if you don’t pay for it now you will eventually pay for it later, plus more”. There are companies that use thinner frames, cheap components and the product is generally inferior, all so they can sell it to the consumer at rock bottom prices. Yes you will get a bi fold door, but will it work in 6 to 12 months – who knows. Another point is who will repair the door if you have any issues? As a consumer you need to do your research.

Questions you should ask any supplier are:

  1. Where is the product manufactured?
  2. What warranty comes with the product?
  3. Why should we use you?
  4. If any issues with the product, who can help fix it?
  5. Is it a complete product? (Include all components and locks etc.)
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Bifold Doors

On top of this we recommend people GOOGLE reviews on the different companies to gain a greater insight to the organizations track record of delivering a quality product and being able to service your new bi fold door. When you are looking to invest in bi fold doors, please just don’t go on the price otherwise it could come back to bite you.

Southern Cross Windows answer to the above is simple, I encourage people to come down to our factory / showroom on the Gold Coast and see our bi fold doors first hand to appreciate the superior quality and understand the value behind the price tag. All our bi fold doors are custom made here at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. We have a team of bi fold door specialists who manufacture and service our bi fold doors to meet all Australian standards and ensure superior quality and workmanship.

I love bifold doors and think they are fantastic to create the ideal transition from the inside living areas to your outdoor entertainment area on the Gold Coast. That is why we utilize a heavier duty bi fold door system with stainless steel components, the door is built to last and our bi fold doors can transform almost any space into a luxury indoor-outdoor experience. For more information regarding our bi fold doors please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Bifold Screen Double Door

Screen Solutions for Bi-Fold Doors

Bifold Screen Double Door

Bi-fold doors and windows are great all year round, but they really start to shine in the summer months. While your bi-fold products will love the sun, they won’t appreciate the insects, bugs, and other irritants that come with summer.

Until recently there hasn’t been an easy way to design and install a screen that could properly cooperate with bi-fold doors. Now there is:

Introducing the Centor S1E Eco-Screen

The S1E Eco-Screen from Centor is an eco-friendly screen solution that has long been desired by bi-fold door lovers. However, this is no ordinary fly-screen. This eco-friendly retractable insect screen comes complete with solar control and thermal controls. If there were insects and air in space, this is the screen solution NASA would use.

At the touch of a button, the S1E ensures homeowners have absolute control over their living environment. Bi-fold doors revolutionise your home, but this screen solution ensures that it is protected. Just like your other bi-fold products, your screen can retract until it is barely visible.

That way, when you are not enjoying the serenity the screen provides, you don’t have to look at it at all.

If you’ve ever dealt with door blinds before, you’ll know of the hassle of constantly having to wind them up and down. The S1E has built in mechanisms that enable the blind to be left partially open. This means that you can still enjoy the easy access that your bi-folds are known for.

Multi-Functional

When it comes to door screens, you usually have to choose between a sun filter and an insect screen. Now you can have both. Centor’s two-in-one screen solution can filter the direct sunlight as it hits your home in the morning and then barricade the home from pesky insects at dusk.

If you’re really into multi-tasking, you can also choose a white background screen that can be used with a projector. What better way to watch the Maroons fend off the Blues or your favourite movie than in a well-protected indoor-outdoor space.

Best of all, the S1E can be fitted to your existing bi-fold doors to become one single integrated unit.

Screen solutions for bi-fold doors have been a troublesome area for a long time. The Centor S1E Eco-Screen has ensured this problem is a thing of the past. For more information about screen solutions, talk to the professionals on the Gold Coast: Contact Southern Cross Windows.

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Why Hire Professionals to Install Your Bi-Fold Doors

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Bi-fold door installation is precise work and it requires professional experience to get it right. The presence of moving parts and other specific requirements means that installation can be quite tricky.

While the DIY process can be rewarding, it doesn’t suit every task. You’ll be using your bi-fold doors every day and they will affect the overall look of your room, so it’s important to get the installation right.

Fortunately, most reputable door companies like Southern Cross Windows, include installation in the cost of your door. This means the process will be professional, easy, and affordable.

Here are just a few reasons why you should avoid DIY door installations.

Right Tools

Like with any installation process, bi-fold door installation requires an array of tools. If you’re attempting DIY bi-fold door installation, you’ll need to own all the required tools.

Not only are these tools expensive, but there’s a good chance that you won’t use any of them again. Instead of making an expensive, one-off investment, hire the professionals and get the job done for less.

The Frame

One of the most common problems with door installation is that the existing doorframe is not properly square. This usually results in poorly-fitted doors, which leads to inadequate installation and insufficient clearance. This causes scraping against the floor or tracks as your doors move, resulting in a harmful, noisy installation.

A professional installer is able to re-fit the doorframe or even trim the door. This will solve all these problems and save you a headache down the track.

Hinges

The door hinges of bi-fold doors need to be precisely positioned so the doors are parallel. If this is not done properly, the doors will not fold together. Moreover, if the hinges are not properly recessed, the doors won’t fit properly into the opening.

The Tracks

The upper track of your door must be parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the sides of the opening. This is another precise action that, if miscalculated, will result in the failure of the doors. In addition to this, hardware materials such as pivot plates need to be positioned on the upper track and floor brackets. These processes are not easily followed in a DIY manual.

Peace of Mind

With a reputable renovation specialist like Southern Cross Windows, you can count on professional craftsmanship every time. Southern Cross Windows not only sells and installs the products, we manufacture them too. When it comes to all things doors, we are well known for our personalised service and high-quality installations.

The intricacy involved in installing bi-fold doors means that using professional installers is really the only option. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the open-air provided by your new bi-fold doors. Get an obligation-free quote on the manufacturing, supply, and installation of your doors. Contact Southern Cross Windows today. We are your experts on the Gold Coast.

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Bi-Fold vs Stacker Doors

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What Are Bi-Fold Doors?

Bi-fold doors function using a number of framed panels that are hinged together. They fold up against each other to offer simple movement between open and closed spaces while offering you easy access in and out.

What Are Stacker Doors?

Stacker doors are functional doors that operate using two panels that slide in behind a single fixed pane. As one panel slides past the next, they interlock and continue sliding towards the fixed pane. The panels effectively collect each other and then rest one upon the next, as if they were ‘stacked’.

Benefits of Bi-Fold Doors

Elegant Transformation

Bi-fold doors are the perfect solution for creating a free-flowing entertainment space. They also provide unobstructed views, letting light into your home and offering great exterior views. The unrestricted ventilation and natural light that comes with bi-fold doors mean that the stifling heat of a Gold Coast summer, or the stuffiness of winter, are easily countered.

Out of Sight – Out of Mind

Bi-fold doors don’t just operate easily – they’re also smooth and discrete. In fact, when you fold your doors away to either side, you won’t even know that they are there. With benefits when they’re open and closed, you can enjoy your bi-fold doors at all times.

Benefits of Stacker Doors

Ambience

Aluminium stacker doors are an addition that will make you wonder how you ever lived before. Whether you have a traditional country home or a chic modern open plan, stacker doors are perfectly suited. Their precise, elegant, and streamlined design means they’re visually adaptable to any setting.

Stacker doors gracefully open up or seal off spaces, meaning you can maintain the flow and feel of your home at every time of year. The high-quality seals are effective at keeping the elements at bay when you want to settle down in the winter months.

Stylish

Aluminium stacker doors boast a classically stylish design and they’re just as practical, too. Whether you are connecting your living area to your outdoor entertaining area or keeping out the elements, all it takes is one simple push.

Features

There are two types of stacker doors, the Essential and the Signature. The Essential is specifically designed for domestic settings, while the Signature is prepared for specialised environments. They both possess a clean modern design with concealed fixings that perfectly compliment any architectural layout. The tastefully refined handles come with mortice locks for high-quality security.

Which Design Is Better For You?

The main difference between bi-fold and stacker doors is how they open and close. Bi-folding doors fold in on themselves, while stacker doors run along a track.

If you’re short on space near the opening you plan to use, stacker doors are the better option. Their sliding mechanism takes up less space during opening and closing, making it easier to design your room.

If you’re after a more open space once your doors are retracted, then bi-fold doors are the superior design. Once they are actually folded away, these doors are barely visible.

For an obligation-free quote, or any more information about either of these fantastic products, contact Southern Cross Windows today.

Bi-fold Door Benefits

The Many Benefits of Bi-Fold Doors

Bi-fold Door Benefits

Bi-fold Doors

Bi-fold doors are a fantastic addition to any home. Their versatility and modern appeal mean they can be used in any setting. However, their good-looks and flexibility are not their only attractive qualities. Here are some of the benefits of bi-fold doors:

They Can Transform Your Home

One of the most obvious benefits of newly installed bi-fold doors is that they can transform your entire home. They have the ability to stack away to one or both sides of the bi-fold doors. This means that any two spaces can immediately be brought together into one free-flowing, spacious area.

For those of us lucky enough to live on the Gold Coast, this function allows for the perfect indoor-outdoor entertaining area.

Subtle Security

With a maximum height of 3100mm and a maximum width of 8000mm, bi-fold doors can be used to fit a wide range of openings. While having the doors open allows for a flowing entertainment area, closed bi-fold doors provide security, and protection from the elements. They have all the benefits of a normal barrier, without the visual barricade.

Unobstructed Exterior Views

With bi-folding doors, you can enjoy the unobstructed exterior views your home offers at all times. They don’t suffer from the impracticality of large glass panes, boasting lower maintenance and greater flexibility. This allows you to easily enjoy the ocean views or watch the kids playing outdoors or in the pool.

Perfect Ventilation and Access to Natural Light

Bi-fold doors also allow your home to breathe and take in more light. The unobstructed airflow provided by the easy to stack windows means that stifling and stuffy rooms are a thing of the past. This is especially useful in the summer months. A retractable screen solution also means that you can enjoy the improved airflow and availability of natural light without having to deal with all the annoying insects and bugs that the warmer seasons bring.

Ease of Operation

The highly refined manufacturing process at Southern Cross Windows means that a smooth gliding action is assured. Whether it is a single or double side stacking door, with 2 or 4 panels, we ensure easy operation.

This makes it even easier to transform your space, creating an inviting and spacious environment that brings the whole home and family together. The open spaces invite people to gather together, bringing them out of their stuffy individual spaces.

If you’re in the Gold Coast region, contact Southern Cross Windows for a quote on the manufacturing, supply, and installation of bi-fold doors. Get in touch with our team and transform your home today.