Glass can be made safer and in some cases must be of a certain safety type as determined by building codes. For example, any glass installed in or next to a door must be safety glass. All shower glass or any window glass within a certain distance from a shower must be safety glass. Safety glass types include...
Tempered - Glass that has been run through speical ovens at high temperatures. When tempered glass breaks, it breaks into many small pieces. Glass is cut to specific sizes before it is run through the ovens. Once glass has been tempered, it cannot be recut.
Laminated - Glass that has been made by adhering a film between two pieces of glass. When laminated glass breaks, many of the pieces often stay together due to the adhesive properties of the inner film layer. Laminated glass can be cut down at any time.
Wire Glass - Glass that has been made with an inner layer of metal wire. Like laminated glass, when wire glass breaks, many of the pieces often stay together. Wired glassLaminated glass can be cut down at any time.
Glass has been used for building purposes since the 11th century. Plate glass or sheet glass can be used for many things from windows, to shelving, to office partitions, to bullet proof applications, to table tops to name just a few.
Typical thicknesses include...
1/16" a.k.a Single Strength - Often used for windows and picture frames
1/8" a.k.a. Double Strength - Often used for windows
1/16" - Often used for windows, specifically jalouse windows
1/4" - Often used for table tops, small shelves, shower enclosures, etc.
3/8" - Often used for shelves, table tops, cases, shower enclosures, etc.
1/2" - Often used for shelves, table tops, cases, storefront, etc.
Thicker glass can also be used for other special applications as well and is available as a special order.
After initial cuts, edges are raw and have sharp edges
Light hand grinding creates seamed edges which will not cut you. All glass leaves the shop with seamed edges for safety
Heavier machine grinding creates a more uniform edge and a high polish look
A more rounded, heavier grinding creates a high polished softer look
Specialized machines crteate a bevel on the edge of the glass. Bevels can range in a variety of sizes
Glass edges can be finished in many ways. We never let glass with Raw edges leave the shop
due to it's unsafe nature. Minimally, all glass and mirror is seamed before customer pickup.
Glass is typically clear. However, some applications require the glass to be tinted. Usually glass is tinted in either a grey or bronze shade. Tinting can come in darker or lighter shades depending on custom er requirements.
*We do not provide window tinting film
Glass can be made in a wide variety of textures and patterns.
Decorative glass can be used for shower doors/enclosures, table tops, entry door sidelights, etc. Some of our more popular decorative glass include Aquatex, Glue Chip , Pattern 623 and Rain.
After initial cuts, the corners are pointed and could be dangerous
The sharp corners are ground off. All glass leaves the shop with bumped corners for safety.
Corners are cut off with a straight cut per customer's specifications.
Corners are cut into a round shape. Radius corners come in various sizes per customer's specifications
Different patterns and images can be sandblasted or carved onto glass. This can add a unique touch to shower enclosures, cabinet and entry doors, awards, placks and art pieces.