Making it clear: The different types of glass

While the main components of glass haven't changed in hundreds of years, there are modern processing techniques that give the types of glass that Metro Building uses a wide range of properties. These glass technologies can easily be combined to give you the mixture of properties that you require.

The list below covers the main types of glass technology used in home building, but there are others. If you want to discuss the right type of glass for your project call the team at Metro Building.

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass is primarily designed to reduce solar heat gain, UV and glare inside a building. The most common colours are grey, bronze, green and blue.

Reflective Glass

Traditional reflective glass has a mirror-like appearance. It reflects and absorbs a major proportion of the sun's direct short-wave solar radiation. Reflective glass is common in commercial buildings, although some modern reflective glasses are lower in reflectivity and have high light transmission so they can be used in housing.

Low-E Glass

Low-E glass has a thin coating applied to the surface of the pane. It is designed to provide solar control as well as reduce heat loss. Low-E glass works most efficiently in double-glazing units, but it is also available as laminated glass.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is when two layers of glass are bonded together with a plastic or resin layer. Laminated glass can be clear, tinted or obscure. It can be made with reflective glass or Low-E glass to improve performance.

Safety Glass

Toughened Safety Glass: This goes through an extra furnace and air-quench process to increase the overall glass strength.

Laminated Safety Glass: Two or more sheets of glass are permanently bonded together by a plastic or resin interlayer. When subject to impact, the bond between the glass and interlayer keeps all of the fragments together producing a glass that resists penetration.