Many different types of glass are used for different purposes

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Glass is far more than just a material to let light in. It can also be used to keep heat in and cold out or for decorative purposes. When the right glass is used the results will be attractive and effective, conversely, when the wrong type of glass is used the results can be unsatisfactory from both an atheistic and safety point of view. When contemplating an installation, there are glass suppliers in Sutton that you can turn to.

The types of glass:

There are many different types of glass, many have a wide variety in patterns and tints, and others have specific uses and are only suitable for specific jobs.

1. Ordinary sheet glass: This type of glass is made by running molten glass through a set of rollers. The result is a sheet of glass, which is almost perfectly flat but the rollers will leave a certain amount of distortion. Ordinary glass can be used in domestic glazing but as float glass is available at a reasonable cost; ordinary glass is usually relegated to greenhouses and sheds where distortion is not an issue.

2. Float glass: This glass derives its name from the way it is made. Molten glass is literally floated on a bed of molten tin; the result is a sheet of plate glass, which is very flat and free of distortion.

3. Energy-efficient glass: There are some glass suppliers in Sutton that stock a float glass which has a very thin coating on one side. The coating allows the energy from the sun to pass through it in one direction only. The coating creates a difference in the thermal wavelength of the transmitted energy from the sun vs. that of the room. The coating may give a slight tint to the glass and if not treated with care will rapidly deteriorate. Because of this, energy-efficient glass is used for double or triple glazed windows where the coated side is on the inside of the cavity.

4. Self-cleaning glass: There is a type of glass which; when manufactured, has a photo-catalytic coating applied to one side. The coating makes use of the ultra-violet rays given off by the sun to break down organic matter on the glass surface. When it rains, the water running down the pane washes away the loosened organic material thus allowing the glass to remain cleaner for longer.

5. Safety glass: Toughened glass is made by heating the pre-cut and pre-finished pane to a temperature just below the melting point and then rapidly cooling the pane. The effect from this treatment is that, should the glass be broken; it will break into very small pieces that do not have sharp edges. The glass must be cut to size first, if an attempt to cut it after toughening is made, the glass will shatter.

There are also glass products that include embedded wires for security, laminated so that the glass retains its normal position if broken and obscured to provide privacy.


Spring Lane Glass and Glazing specialise in glass splash backs, sandblasted glass, laminated glass and more services in Sutton. Get in touch with them.

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