Glass is a multi-functional material that improves our lives. From the glasses we wear, to the glasses we drink out of, to the windows that bring in light, glass is a vital part of our environment. The various types of glass for all your needs mentioned here are used for residential glass and commercial glass purposes.
Also known as safety glass, tempered glass undergoes a specialized thermal tempering process that heats the glass to extremely high temperatures and then cools it rapidly. This process creates a glass that is especially strong. If it is shattered, it breaks into small pieces rather than creating sharp shards that would cut you. You’ll find tempered glass in a variety of objects, including patio and storm doors, skylights, shower enclosures and tabletops.
Stained and leaded glass are generally one and the same. The stained glass is composed of colored glass that is inserted within soldiered lead. Such glass is artistic in nature, lending a decorative air. Stained glass is cut into mosaics that are used to create scenes and designs. You’ll see stained glass scenes depicted in some church windows, and in Victorian or Arts & Crafts homes. Stained leaded glass is also used to create lampshades and chandeliers.
Plate glass is manufactured in such a way that it is extremely flat and especially strong and polished. It contains few, if any, impurities or distortions, which makes it ideal for mirrors and large picture windows.
Glass used in autos and other vehicles is laminated safety glass, which cracks rather than breaks when shattered. Experts in glass repair can replace windshields or fix cracks in the glass. Window tinting is often used on vehicle glass, within the limits of the law. This is glass with a thin sheet of film that reduces heat and minimizes the ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Beveled glass is a type of glass that is used for decorative purposes. It is often tinted and is a thick glass that has an angled (beveled) surface, which refracts light. It is often used to display symbols and designs and can often be found in front doors.
Now that you understand the many types of glass, you’ll know which types to choose for all your needs.
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