Popular Glass Types – Features and Applications

 Popular Glass Types – Features and Applications

Since then glass has existed since the first century and has been used for various architectural purposes. It has always seemed like an item of luxury that took huge resources, brilliant skills, and immense energy to produce. When combined with steel, it becomes a symbol of affluence and grandeur. This is why it is successfully used for construction and architecture purposes in engineering. Before heading to the different glasses, you should first understand the commendable properties of glass, making it what it is.

  • Transparency: It is the most vital aspect of a glass that allows you to see the world through it. It can be from either side or a single side only.
  • Strength: Though the glass is fragile, adding certain laminates and admixtures can make the glass strong and less brittle.
  • Workability: The glass can be worked upon in different ways. It can be molded into various shapes or blown during the melting process.
  • Recyclability: Glass can be easily recycled. Any waste or broken glass can be used again as a raw material.

Read further to get information on different types of glasses available in the market –


Clear Glass

Also known as float glass or soda-lime glass, clear glass is manufactured by annealing the molten glass. As its name suggests, clear glass is completely flat and clear, so it causes glare. It has a natural color and 100% transparency, making it suitable for windows, doors, shop fronts, shelves, etc.

Tinted Glass

This type of glass is colored glass. It is produced by mixing color-producing ingredients with the normal glass mix to give it a unique color without affecting its properties. It saves energy and also improves the exterior appearance of the buildings. You often find them in green, blue, black, yellow, and a few more colors.

Toughened Glass

This type of glass is known as tempered glass. It is stronger than normal glass and is used where safety is required. It is produced with additional strength to withstand wind, snow, or thermal loads. These glasses are incorporated in fire-resistant doors, mobile screen protectors, staircase handrails, and partitions in airports and resorts.

Shatterproof Glass

It is a high-security glass created with polyvinyl butyral (plastic) bonded between its layers. It has such a high tear strength and rigidity that it can withstand unexpected rainstorms and cyclones. It is mostly used in the skylight, window, flooring, etc.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass combines two or more layers of normal glass and is heavier than all other types of glass. It is highly thick and soundproof. It obstructs harmful UV rays and is best used in aquariums, staircases, bridges, glass facades, etc. You can also use custom laminating to create sophisticated design concepts for your project while maintaining functionality.

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