Types of GlassThere are actually several different types of
glass, and the type you choose will depend on
what situations you will be using it in. Common
uses for glass include in windows, doors and bathrooms.
Some common types of glass include:
Sheet glass – sheet glass is ordinary glass
and is used in many standard windows. However, it
can look slightly distorted due to the manufacturing
This is very similar to sheet glass only it has
no distortion, making it very popular for home windows.
Float glass can be cut with a normal glass cutter.
Energy efficient glass
This glass is float glass that has a special coating
on one side that allows the sun’s energy to
pass through while reducing the amount of heat that
leaves from the other side of the glass. The coating
gives the glass a slight grey tinge and does not
stand up well to extreme weather conditions.
Patterned glass is mainly used for decorative applications.
It can provide some privacy and it will still let
some light through.
Safety glass is float glass with a special treatment
applied to it. If broken, safety glass crumbles
and does not have sharp edges.
This glass is made up of transparent laminate on
float glass. It is very tough as the laminate will
hold together the shards of glass if the glass is
Wired glass generally has a wire plate inserted
into the glass to provide extra protection against
breakage. It is a good choice for garages and outdoor
areas but it is not very attractive.
This is made from float safety glass and have a
silver layer on one side to create the reflection.
However, older mirrors are usually not made from
safety glass so should be left within their frames.
Picture frame glass
This is low reflection glass or plastic that is
designed to let light in but not create a reflection.
Splash backs are usually made from safety glass
and come in a wide range of colours and finishes.
Splash backs can be used in almost any area of the
house but are most commonly used in kitchens and
bathrooms. They create a modern look and are very
easy to clean.
Shower and bath screensThese
screens are made from temperature resistant safety
glass so that they do not break when hit by hot
or cold water. Screens can be framed or frameless
and are available in clear or frosted glass.
What Glaziers Do
Glass and glazing covers two distinct activities
- the manufacture of glass and glass products
and the installation and glazing of windows and
doors. install and replace glass in windows, doors, furniture
install windows, doorframes and hardware that
is associated with these
measure and cut glass to fit the required space
fit glass into place and secure it
assemble pre-fabricated units such as shower screens
replace glass as required
glaze and re-glaze windows and doors
The glazier that comes to your home will likely
be involved in the latter. Glaziers perform the
following tasks, among others:
Choosing a Glazing Professional
When choosing a glass and glazing professional
for your home, ensure that they are fully qualified
and experienced. Obtain quotes first before choosing
the professional and ensure that the quote includes
the cost of the glass as well as the cost of installation
and call out.