Building Materials - Glass
Some glasses are designed for speacific purposes:
- Thermal insulation - double glazing or tinted glass.
- Noise reduction.
- Safety in areas of impact risk - safety glass.
- Privacy and fade protection - tinted glass.
Other glasses will do all of these things, such as double glazing.
Double glazing is made using two sheets of glass with an air cavity
between. It is designed to reduce heat loss and condensation. This
allows greater areas of glass without heat loss either outward in
winter or inward in summer.
Double glazing maybe tinted and toughened to afford greater sun
protection. It is also effective at reducing reduces noise from
Insulating glass is available that has an insulating coating.
Noise Reducing Glass
This type of glass is designed specifically to reduce noise. It
is made from two sheets of glass bonded together.
Safety glass is designed to be used in areas where falls are likely,
for example, ranch sliders, shower enclosures, or around stairs
or swimming pools.
Security glass is highly strengthened to deter break-ins. It is
resistant to breaking if hit with objects like a hammer.
Self Cleaning Glass
Self-cleaning glass is useful for external windows that are hard
to reach. This is ideal for hillside home and beach front homes
where the salt build up is continuous.
Decorative glass is available for design effects in frosted, leadlight,
coloured or textured.
Specially formed glass bricks can be used for walls, partitions
and special effect. Glass bricks provide full structural strength
whilst retaining both light and privacy. They can be constructed
as straight or curved walls, or used in flooring, decks and skylights.
Also See Glazing
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