Different Types of Glass

When it comes to glass, there are many types to choose from. Depending on where you want to put your glass and what you want to use it for—there may be a certain glass that will fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a stronger glass that isn’t likely to break, an obscured glass to provide more privacy, or a tinted glass for décor purposes, there are options for you. Glass is a very versatile material.

Obscured Glass

As the name implies, obscured glass is glass that allows light through it but not clear vision. It is a glass that is obscured by frost, etchings, coats, or other designs. This particular glass is very helpful for adding privacy. If you’d like to use a glass wall or door but not have it be totally transparent, this could be a good option for you.

Float Glass

This is a basic form of glass that is named for its process. The process includes forming molten glass into large plat panels by floating on molten tin. It produces very smooth, thin, large glass panels. Float glass is a common and affordable option for windows, doors, or panels.

Safety Laminated Glass

A very strong glass—safety laminated is openly used for security purposes. It is infused with layers of PVB making it extremely difficult to shatter. It’s often found in car windshields.

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass has added coloring usually for aesthetic, privacy, or reducing sunlight. It can provide protection from harmful UV rays. This is a popular choice for skylights or decorative panels.

Heat Strengthened Glass

Heat strengthened glass is a tough glass that’s been reheated above 1200 and then cooled. Though it is a tougher material, it can still be broken and is not often used for exterior windows.

Wired Glass

Wired glass is a fire-resistant material commonly used in schools and hospitals. The grid of wires that is built into the glass will hold the glass in the frame if it’s shattered because of high temperatures, like in the case of a fire.

Annealed Glass

The process to make annealed glass is very meticulous. This glass is created by cooling a panel of float glass in a controlled process to reduce stress and strengthen the material. Annealed glass can break into large shards and sharp pieces, so it is not an ideal choice for windows.

Tempered Glass

Annealed glass with a little extra strength means tempered glass. Tempered glass cannot be cut, so it is finished in a desired size. This glass is very hard to break and often used in cars.

Mirrored Glass

Mirrored glass is created by giving a panel a metal coating on one side. This creates a mirror effect. This pretty glass is usually used for decorative accents in walls and doors.

Insulated Glass

Insulated glass optimizes energy efficiency. An insulated glass window can be made with two of three panes of glass and a desiccant component. This is a great choice for windows if you’re looking to keep your heating and cooling costs down.