Glass is one of the most used and least understood material in the building industry.
Choosing a right type of glass is one of the most important decisions in a commercial project. The choice affects level of energy consumption, human comfort, productivity, and design aesthetics.
There are several types of architectural glass:
Plate glass is extremely thick and durable, and is created specifically for use in creating windows and mirrors. It is made up of small patterns that create an image inside the glass, which stays in the glass when finished. Plate glass is formed by liquid glass being spread across a table when still at extreme temperature. Rollers then smooth over and polish the glass as it begins to cool down and form the sheet of glass.
When glass is created on molten metal, it is known as float glass. This is one of the most solid types of glass. In modern times, float glass is regularly used for building glass. The invention of float glass is put down to that of Alastair Pilkington, who came up with the idea of “floating glass” in the 1950s. It is made up of a mixture of sand, dolomite, soda ash and limestone.
Toughened or Tempered glass is type of safety glass. It is approximately five times stronger than normal float, and breaks up into tiny pieces if shattered. Toughened glass tends to be used in areas where temperatures are high, like the glass on an oven.
Laminated glass is another type of safety glass. Laminated glass is made of two or more pieces of glass held together by Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or resin. When broken, the layers are kept together by PVB, reducing possible injury from shards of glass.
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