Many people assume incorrectly that all glass is the same. This is simply not the case and with all applications the correct glazing needs to be correctly matched and specified depending on the use of the product requested.
Here at CP Glass we process glass and providing many options available to anyone requesting a glass product from us. You can trust that our professional guidance is based on many years of experience in working with glass as well as knowing various parts of legislation surrounding the glass products industry particularly when relating to commercial and domestic buildings. CP Glass fit all types of glazing in all manner of applications. Contact us to discuss.
Annealed (Standard) Float Glass
The most basic of glazing materials is float glass commonly used for single glazing, sheds, sash windows, greenhouse panes.
Toughened glass is designed to provide increased resistence to breaking and is achieved through heating float glass to around 700°C - This means that should it actually break it shatters into extremely small pieces and not into large pieces therefore reducing risk of injury if it does break. Glass that is heat treated or sometimes chemically treated toughens it and turns it into toughened glass. It is used in areas where people are found most often, in bathrooms in glazed doors and in windows that are very tall or in balconies for example.
Laminated glass when it breaks and cracks stays held together due to lamination. It is used to reduce attempted access through glass when a forced entry is attempted. Laminated glass can also be used to reduce UV levels and has better noise reducing properties than non-laminated. Laminated glass is also used on balconies which is a combination of toughened glass laminated together.
Tinted glass is exactly as it sounds - tinted with a small amount of colour added to the glass (which varies) typically between green, grey and bronze. The thicker a glass pane is the more dense the colour of the glass becomes. One example of using tinted glass is to selectively absorb or deflect different parts of the light - this enables people to reduce UV glare this way without affecting the level of light coming into an area amongst other things.
Patterned glass is processed by squeezing a softer layer of molten glass between panels of glass and creating an effect. Patterned glass typically reduces the amount of light that comes into an area. Often referred to as obscured glass it is a useful kind of glazing for use in bathrooms.
IGU's, double and triple glazed units
Double and triple glazed units contain a sealed gap between panes and this gap is often filled with argon gas. The wider the gap the more insulate the unit is. The most common sizes of gap ranges from 4mm to 20mm. We can mix and match the glass types used in our units creating a wide variety of choice.
Fire resistant glass is is designed to reduce the spread of fire and smoke. Fire rated glass is designed to withstand fire spread from 20 minutes up to 4 hours or more. It is also designed to minimise radiant heat transfer. Contact us for any fire resistant glass requirements.