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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.

Extra Layer

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.

 

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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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Why you need bi-fold doors this summer

In summer, we tend to spend more time outside, entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Bi-fold doors gives you the flexibility to enhance your summertime fun, whilst cooling down even the most sauna-like homes —and the benefits don’t end there!

What are bi-fold doors?

Made up of a number of durable aluminium-framed panels, bi-fold doors glide along a track to provide an uninterrupted view of your entertaining area or yard. The panels are hinged together, allowing for them to be easily opened and closed on either side of the track.

By installing bi-fold doors, you’re getting so much more than a secure, stylish entry and exit to your home.

Here are just some of the positive ways bi-fold doors will enhance your lifestyle:

Save money on your power bills with bi-fold doors

It feels like we always have the air conditioner on for either cooling us down in summer or warming us up in winter. With the double glazing in bi-fold doors (and windows), you can keep your home the perfect temperature all year round—saving you money on your power bills.

Leave your bi-fold doors open to allow the cool breeze to drift through, or keep them closed to let natural light in while insulating your home.

Expand your entertaining and living area with bi-fold doors

When open, bi-fold doors provide uninterrupted views of your outdoor space. Not only does this create a picturesque setting, you can enjoy a more seamless entertaining space that looks and feels much larger than it really is.

The smooth gliding tracks make folding back the doors easy. This allows for simple access to and from your yard or entertaining area, while still being highly secure when locked.

Add value to your home with bi-fold doors

Something about the warmer months inspires people to buy homes.

Installing bi-fold doors prior to listing your property may help increase its value, as well as attract people to your bright, spacious-looking home.

The original investment is well worth the return you’ll receive.

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 also find the following article of interest if you are considering bi-fold windows: What is a Bi-Fold Window

 

Louvre Windows

Slash Your Power Bills with Aluminium Louvre Windows

Louvre Windows

It seems like every year our power bills go up. Apart from turning off lights and appliances not in use and buying energy efficient white goods, a simple way to help reduce your power bills is to install aluminium louvre windows.

How you ask? We’re here to tell you exactly that, plus a range of other benefits you can expect from top-quality aluminium windows, like those from Southern Cross Glass Windows & Doors.

What are aluminium louvre windows?

The best thing about louvres is that they can be attached to almost any existing window or door. With a high-strength frame and easy-to-manoeuvre blades, louvres provide weatherproofing, allowing you to control sunlight, rain and wind. Southern Cross Windows can supply louvres in either glass or wood, we also offer the louver inserts in glass or aluminium and even a fancy timber-look solution.

Control the temperature of your room with louvre windows

Warm sun on a chilly morning. A cool breeze on a hot day. With louvre windows, you can have both of these things. Thanks to being able to control the pitch of your louvre blades, you can keep out sun, rain or breeze (or let it in) without closing your louvers completely.

By adjusting the louvres to the right position, you can help control the temperature in any room, eliminating the need for costly air conditioners. During winter, you can keep the blades closed for added insulation.

Aluminium louvre windows are easy to clean

The slanted blades aren’t just useful for temperature control. Unlike when you clean normal shutters or windows, you don’t need to go outside. Simply clean one side of the louvres then easily pitch your blades in the other direction to clean the other side. It’s as hassle-free as that.

Add privacy to any room without losing ventilation

Normally you need to open a window to allow airflow into your home, which unless you keep your curtains or blinds drawn, lets prying outside eyes see in. By installing louvres, you can have fresh air and privacy. Slanting your blades allows you to adjust your privacy levels at any time.

Interested in having aluminium louvre windows installed in your home? Call Southern Cross Windows now for a free quote. All louvres can be powder coated, come with a 7–year warranty and are tested to Australian standards for superior quality assurance.

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

You might also find the following article of interest if you have existing louvre windows: How To Maintain Your Aluminium Doors and Windows 

 

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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.

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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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Colouring Aluminium Windows and Doors

Colouring Aluminium Windows and Doors

Colouring Aluminium Windows and Doors

You might be looking to invest in new doors and windows for your home, but perhaps you’re unsure of which material to go with. Aluminium, as you have probably already gleaned, is an incredibly durable and versatile material that can withstand even the toughest Gold Coast weather. It is low maintenance and easy to manipulate into a range of designs. Did you also know that you can get aluminium doors and windows in a variety of colours through the process of powder coating?

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is very similar to painting in that it allows you to choose your colour for a clean, bright finish. The process involves preparing the aluminium surface, applying the paint electronically, and then placing it in the oven to bake and finish. Like porcelain, you will find a hard, durable finish that is applied evenly and even offers an extra layer of protection against the elements.

Other Colouring Options

Another means of colouring aluminium that is a bit less popular is called aluminium anodising. This involves an electrochemical process whereby the coating is actually added to the material. The end result is a thicker layer over the metal, a more durable surface and corrosion-resistant aluminium.

You’ve Got The Colour, Now What About the Style?

One of the best things about using aluminium to frame your windows and doors is its incredible versatility in style. You can completely change the look and feel of many rooms in your house through the strategic use of windows and doors. Aluminium windows and doors come in a range of shapes and styles that can be cut to your exact specifications. Combine that ability with whatever colour you choose and you have a match made in heaven!

Try going white for a clean, modern look with floor-to-ceiling bi-fold doors that will give you incredible unobstructed access in and out of the house when opened fully. Or add a touch of sophistication with large sliding doors, outlined in sleek black aluminium. Give your home traditional and controlled light and airflow with soft off-white awning windows.

Don’t underestimate the power and appeal of a splash of colour. A bit of bright blue or turquoise along your sliding window frames will really draw the eye to the shape of the window and what lies beyond. If you are thinking of playing around with an interesting fixed light window, try outlining it with a dark blue or black to make the look seem even more dramatic.

With aluminium windows and doors, the options are endless. If you have a vision, you can rest assured that you can see it through by using this versatile material to your liking.

With powder coating, there is no end to the custom options you can design so that your aluminium windows and doors match your home’s décor. Contact an expert at Southern Cross Windows on the Gold Coast to learn more.