Glass is available for a wide range of different uses. However, it is important to remember that in some situations a specific type of glass is needed so always check the building regulations before buying. Examples include floor to ceiling windows which require laminated or toughened glass; and fire doors that should be fitted with wired glass or fireproof glass.
When buying glass it is always best to get the panes cut to size by your supplier as they will be able to cut the glass far more accurately.
This is glass that has been strengthened and reinforced in some way for safety purposes. Safety glass is often used where the pane is either in a vulnerable position or is particularly large. Common uses for safety glass include glazed doors, low-level windows and shower screens. The four main types of safety glass are:
Laminated glass consists of a sheet of transparent, tear-resistant plastic film that is bonded between two sheets of glass. This produces an extremely strong glass product. Should the glass break the plastic will prevent the glass shattering by absorbing much of the shock. When the glass does break, the plastic stops it from spreading. The plastic sheet will also absorb up to 99 per cent of damaging ultra-violet rays. This will stop furniture, carpets and clothing from fading in the sunlight.
Laminated glass can be clear, tinted or patterned. Glass thicknesses range from 4mm (5/32in) up to 12mm (1/2in), depending on the particular type.
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