What is cyclonic glass, what regions does it occur in Australia and why is it used?

uses of cyclonic glass

Cyclonic weather conditions are a common feature in the North of Western Australia. Cyclones cause major damage to buildings in the Kimberly and Pilbara regions. Com-Al Windows has an impressive track record of designing, testing, manufacturing, and installing cyclonic debris glass into this region, including in Kununurra, Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha, and Exmouth.

Most modern commercial buildings are required by Australian Standards to have cyclonic aluminum doors and cyclonic aluminum windows and are built to withstand cyclonic wind forces and other extreme weather conditions. As weather events become more unpredictable the use of cyclonic glass and cyclonic aluminum window extrusion is becoming more common.

Cyclonic glass is tested in a laboratory by firing a projectile at the glass and determining if the result meets Australian standards. The success of the test is determined by how the glass shatters when the missile is fired on it. Com-AL Windows has tested their cyclonic laminated glass at Azuma Design in Sydney, a NATA accredited testing facility.

What is cyclonic glass

What is Cyclonic Glass?


Cyclonic glass is a type of glass that is tough and specially reinforced to handle cyclonic winds and flying debris. Com-Al Windows has tested their own cyclonic glass and have innovative glazing interlayers such as PVB and SGP. This glass is then tested and comes with certifications for its ability to handle debris impact resistance. The cyclonic glasses occur in varying thicknesses and thermal variations, which are built to resist the cyclones, provide protection to people and provide shelter in the event of a cyclone.


The Australian Regions Prone to Cyclones and Cyclonic Glasses in Australia


Australia is one of the continents that witness a lot of cyclones throughout the year. The Kimberley and Pilbara coastline of Australia is the most likely area that is prone to tropical cyclones during the start of the cyclone season.

The northwest Australian coastline, which is the area between Broome and Exmouth, can be defined as the region that is most prone to cyclones, which sees the highest frequency of coastal crossings. The most intense of cyclones (ranging between category 4 and 5) occurs in March and April.

Though the above regions are the most common areas in Australia that witness cyclones, it is important to note that “cyclones can and do occur at any time and at any place”, as mentioned by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Therefore, if you are living in and around Australia, which is among the continents that sees a lot of cyclonic occurrences, you need to be alert and equipped with cyclonic glasses when it comes to your offices and residential complexes.

The latest Australian standard states that the buildings and their glass need to be engineered to cope with the cyclonic winds. This is where Com-Al Windows can help!

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Com-Al Windows boasts of 50+ years of experience in the window contracting industry, which helps design, manufacture, and install commercial cyclonic glass, aluminum windows, doors, and curtain walling systems that are cyclone-proof and able to resist even the high impact debris. Com-Al Windows heavily invests in the latest systems, software, and technology to ensure we supply the market with world-class products and leading-edge designs that are at par with current trends.

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