glass types

The first thing you need to know when choosing glass is that there is a choice. Glass comes in various forms, each with distinct performance features, it is these differences that are likely to have a noticeable impact on your home, particularly if the optimum glass type for your needs is not used.

Glass is a superior building material – not only does it insulate us from changing temperature and extreme weather conditions, it also determines and allows the passing of light and heat into and out of our homes.

There are 3 primary considerations when choosing the correct type of glass to suit your needs: natural light, energy efficiency and thermal conductivity.

The amount of natural light we have access to in our home is a direct function of window area. As human beings we are all innately attracted to natural light – we are physiologically wired that way. Even a brief scan through a home decor or architectural magazine will reinforce this – the images we find most appealing and aspirational are those with abundant natural light. And this is true in real-life as well.

So if we like light so much why don’t we build homes with lots of windows? Because windows leak heat – in and out of your home – far more than the equivalent area of wall. An energy-leaky home is expensive to run, less comfortable to live in, and may fail to meet the minimum threshold laid out in the energy efficiency regulations of the National Construction Code. Therefore, in designing an energy efficient home that meets the requirements of the Code, there is a choice – either reduce the amount and size of your standard windows, or install your desired size and amount of windows, using better quality, energy saving glass.

Contact our team of specialist glass experts – our team can guide you to select the optimal glass solution to suit your needs and budget.

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A versatile and widely-used glass type, commonly utilised across a wide range of applications. Despite being clear to the eye, this glass has an inherent greenish tinge due to the iron content in the glass.

An impressive, optically clear glass, minus the greenish tinge commonly associated with standard or clear glass. This glass' lower iron content means it can be used when complete colour accuracy is required.

Frosted glass is commonly used to provide varying degrees of privacy. The etched surface features a milky-white 'frosted' appearance, which can be applied across many glass types to limit transparency.

Low-E (Low-Emissivity) glass was developed as a response to modern energy-saving requirements. This glass minimises ultraviolet and infrared light transmittance, without affecting levels of visible light in your home.

Glass tinting helps control the passing of heat and light by absorbing a degree of solar energy. Available in various transparent tints, Bronze, Grey, Blue and Green are popular options. 

Ideal for reflecting natural light and heat, and (dependent on the level of reflectivity), this type of glass can also afford you increased privacy around your home or office space.

High performance glass achieves higher levels of energy efficiency and heat retention. High Performance Glass specifications take into consideration daylight, energy, thermal, acoustic and security factors.

Textured or patterned glass involves embossing a pattern or design into glass, creating a unique, eye-catching textural effect. Textured glass in generally used where a level of discretion is desired.

Slumped Glass is formed by heating float glass and then moulding it into a custom pattern, shape or design. Slumped Glass is also sometimes referred to as textured glass or kiln formed glass.