For somebody who isn’t in the glass business, it’s probably fair to assume that most people look at a pane or window and think that they are pretty much all the same.
The truth, however, is a little bit more complex than that.
Here at ASAP Glass, it is our job to know everything so that you don’t have to, but we think it’s always good to have some basic knowledge about all aspects of your home’s design and decoration.
With that in mind, here is some information about the four main types of glass that you will come across in various forms with a glazier on the Gold Coast.
- Annealed Glass
Annealed glass is a basic product that is formed out of the annealing stage of the float process. (Annealing is the process to cool a material sown to remove internal stresses and toughen it.)
Molten glass is left to cool in a slow, controlled way until it comes down to room temperature, and this helps it to become sturdy and resistant to easy cracking.
Annealed glass is generally seen as the base product for more advanced types of glass.
- Heat Strengthened Glass
This is glass that is semi toughened or semi-tempered. It usually involves heating annealed glass up to around 700 degrees and then cooling it very quickly.
This process makes it twice as strong as annealed glass.
- Tempered Glass
This is an even tougher type of glass that is usually used for things like balustrades and other structural applications.
It has a different cooling process that makes it four to five times stronger than annealed glass.
- Laminated Glass
Any of the above types of glass can be laminated, and the finished product usually consists of two sheets of toughened glass that are laminated together with an interlayer of polyvinyl butyral.
This offers the absolute best in safety and security, as the interlayer prevents the glass from shattering and posing risk of injury.
If you ever find yourself needing to enlist the services of a glazier on the Gold Coast, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
We cover a multitude of different glass related services, and there will always be a member of the trained and experienced team on hand to answer any questions that you might have relating to a potential project on your property.
We very much look forward to hearing from you and being able to set up a proper appointment.
For more information on glass, read our previous blog on double glazing!