Glazing new glass – Popular new glass options

There are many different types of glass but common forms of glass range from decorative and tempered glass, to clear and tinted glass. 

The type of glass will very much depend on what it’s designed to be used for. Decorative glass, for example, will be utilised for windows and doors to create a stained glass effect, whilst laminated glass is favoured by shops and businesses due to its durability.

Other types of glazing include clear glass, tinted glass, decorative glass, float glass, tempered glass, laminated glass and safety glass (BS 62006 compliant).

While ordinary glass tends to have a tinted green tinge to it, true clear glass can be specially made by manufacturers. Glass can also be made available in single, double and triple layers, with the more layers of glass the greater the insulation capacity.  

Recently sealed insulating glass has come on to the market which  is a type of glass that has insulating properties built into it thereby eliminating the need for multiple layers. Manufacturers claim that it is very good for energy efficiency retaining more heat than other types of glass thereby reducing heat loss through windows by about 90%. It also reflects heat which means cooler temperatures in the summer.

More popular new glass & glazing solutions

  • Safety glass – complies with British Safety standard BS 6206. It is usually fitted in ‘critical locations’ in which its use is required by building regulations. These are areas in which there is a major risk of accidental human impact. Safety glass is however often used in other areas as an extra safety precaution and it is categorised as Class A, B or C. Class A is the highest grade and is usually referred to as toughened glass. It breaks into small pieces upon impact rather than shards. The strength is built into the glass via the use of various heat treatment processes.
  • Laminated glass – available across all classes and incorporates a central layer of toughened plastic in between two pieces or ordinary glass. The glass adheres to the plastic so that if broken it does not break into shards and is therefore used prominently in the windows of shops and businesses although it is increasingly being used in homes as well.
  • Decorative glass – can include stained glass which may use coloured film, or bevelled glass for a more architectural effect. Patterned or embossed glass is also available featuring a range of patterns or textures, such as leaves or flowers and different levels of obscuration.

Other forms of glass include conservatory glass and horticultural glass. Conservatory glass can be fitted with a solar reflective film to reflect heat and keep conservatories cool in summer. Horticultural glass is used specially for greenhouses and other horticultural applications.

Whatever your windows/glazing needs – whatever you’re looking for standard or specialist glass products – Windows Guide can assist you in sourcing up to three quotes from local and national specialist glass and glazing contractors.

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