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low iron glass (Starphire)
The basic flat glass product that tends to break into large, jagged shards and may pose a potential danger.
When deciding between tempered and annealed glass you want to consider the application in which it will be used as well as requirements.
If you are putting the glass in a very low traffic area that no one will ever touch, annealed glass might be sufficient.
Pro's: Annealed glass can be cut to any shape and size and it could be polished down without a limit.
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tempered Glass (Safety)
This acid-etched glass produces a smooth and sweet white hue, reflectively emitting a soft light.
Perfect for designing patterns or privacy.
The glass is applied in customized portions, designs and it will look great wherever it is applied.
Tempered glass is one of two kinds of safety glass regularly used in applications in which standard glass could pose a potential danger.
Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not break into sharp shards when it fails.
The brittle nature of tempered glass causes it to shatter into small oval-shaped pebbles when broken. This eliminates the danger of sharp edges.
Due to this property, along with its strength, tempered glass is often referred to as safety glass.
Is the combination of two or more panes of glass sealed with air, or inert gas between the panes.
The construction of an insulated unit is designed to help control energy transfer from outside to inside or vice versa.
One of most common questions is if one of the glass pieces breaks, can just one piece be replaced to complete the unit?
The answer is no, the thermo unit needs to be replaced because the seal is broken.
Annealed Glass (non-Safety )
Laminated glass is a kind of safety glass that is commonly used in places where safety or security is paramount.
The interlayer in the glass is a film of a tough, yet pliable material known as polyvinyl butyral(PVB). In the event that the glass breaks, the two layers are held together by the PVB, allowing the sheet as a whole to bend and absorb the impact.
The city of Chicago may require for certain areas to have this special type of glass for the safety of the general public.
pattern glass & Painted Glass
Low iron glass is also known as Starphire is ultra clear and a higher degree of transparency than regular clear glass.
Benefits: Substantially reduced green tinge. This eliminates color distortion.
The glass is applied where optimum clarity is desired.