What Are the Different Types/Grades of Glass?

Whatever the reason, when you decide that you need to install new windows in your home, you want to make sure that they are the right type. You don’t need to be an expert in order to pick out the right type of window for your home. All it takes is a small amount of research to understand the different types of glass and the different situations that they are suited for. Here’s everything you need to know when deciding on the type of glass for your next set of windows.

Float Glass

This type of glass is named after the process involved in its manufacture. Molten glass is formed into flat panels by floating it on top of tin, which produces large and smooth panels. This is the form that basic sheets of glass take before they are cut and treated prior to fitting. They may also be upgraded in other ways prior to their fitting in position.

Safety Laminated Glass

By fusing multiple layers of glass together around an internal layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), it is possible to create extra-strong glass, suitable for applications where security and resistance are of paramount importance. The glass is treated with both high heat and pressure to create an extra-strong panel. Another advantage to this type of glass is that it will stay in place in its frame should it be broken. This makes it safer than other forms of glass, in addition to being more secure. This is the type of glass that is used in the windscreen of cars, as it ensures that any objects that impact the glass will not injure the occupant, as well as preventing shards of glass from being sprayed over the interior.

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass is glass to which colour is added. This is usually done to enhance privacy but might also be used as a means of reducing the amount of heat and sunlight allowed through. Tinted glass is also used to protect those on the other side from UV rays. This type of glass is usually seen on cars, skylights, and decorative panels. However, it is also sometimes used on homes and other buildings to enhance the privacy of the occupants.

Acoustic Glass

Acoustic glass is excellent for reducing the amount of outside noise that makes its way into your home. If your property is located near to a motorway, busy road, airport, or a similarly noisy area, acoustic glass will provide reliable sound insulation. Acoustic glass keeps unwanted noise from disturbing you inside your own home, including the noise of rain hammering against roof windows and skylights. Living near a busy road or motorway can be more stressful than it needs to be without acoustic glass to keep the noise at bay. Acoustic glass comprises two, sometimes more, sheets of glass which are bonded together using specialised acoustic interlayers. Different types of glasses offer different benefits and are best suited for different situations. It can be daunting at first if you aren’t familiar with the range of glass options on offer, but with a bit of research, you can learn all you need to about your glass options and settle on the right type for your needs. If you would like to learn more, give us a call today.