The Most Popular Types of Specialty Glass
Modern industry along with ancient tried and true methods allow for the creation of many different types of specialty glass. Specialty glass is usually designed to perform a certain job or duty. While not an all inclusive list, here are some of the more popular types of specialty glass.Non-glare: Acid is used to etch one or both sides of the glass surface to remove reflection/glare. This type of glass is generally used for art work or picture frames. Conservation: Ultraviolet light will fade household items such as furniture, flooring, wall coverings, pictures, etc. Conservation glass is designed with a coating that blocks out these harmful UV rays and thus prevents color fading. Textured: This glass is usually imprinted on one side with a chosen pattern by having molted glass pass over etched rollers. Low Iron: No matter how thick the glass, this type of specialty glass maintains a 90%+ light transmittance making it extremely clear. Self Cleaning/Low Maintenance: A coating on the outside of the glass causes it to absorb ultraviolet light (as well as prevent water drops from forming) which in turn causes a reaction that loosens dirt on the surface. This dirt will then be blown away by wind or washed off by rain. Restoration Glass(hand blown/antique): This glass is made by using the same techniques that were used in earlier centuries. Everything about this glass is irregular including transparency and thickness. Switchable Privacy: Gaining in popularity over the last few years, this glass will turn from transparent to opaque with the addition of small amounts of electricity through LED crystals that are inside the glass. Fused Glass: Typically used for furniture applications, this specialty glass fuses several layers of different color/texture glass by using controlled heating.
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