Main Types of Glass

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In today’s balustrade market, glass is available in a myriad of types, styles, thicknesses and finishes.

Here at Easyfix Balustrades, we can help with advice/best practice when glazing is the preferred choice of infill.

The following whilst not exhaustive are the general types of glazing products available when any type of glazed balustrading is required.

Toughened Glass

Toughened glass as named is treated to be far more resistant than normal float glass. As a result, if it should break it is intended to break in a more predictable way. This is a major safety factor when used in almost all of its applications.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is made of two or more layers of glass with one or more “interlayers” of polymeric material bonded between the glass layers.

Laminated Glass is produced using one of two methods:

The most common method is where a (PVB) Poly Vinyl Butyral interlayer is sandwiched between 2 glass panels in a process using heat and pressure to create a bonded panel. On occasion, depending on manufacturer other polymers such as (EVA) Ethyl Vinyl Acetate or (PU) Polyurethane are used.

For special requirements (CIP) Cast in place laminated glass is made by pouring a resin into the space between the two sheets of glass that are held parallel and very close to each other.

The advantages of laminated glass are safety and security. Rather than shattering on impact, the laminated panel is held in place by the interlayer. This reduces the hazard associated with shattered glass fragments. In balustrade terms we recommend the use of laminated glass when installed as a balustrade infill at height. (fall from 600mm or above)

Coated Glass

Most glass products can have surface coatings applied to modify its appearance. Coatings are usually applied at time of manufacture. Please discuss your requirements with a member of our sales team should you wish for a particular coating to be applied to your balustrade infill.

Alternatively, we also offer a service where our glass can be sandblasted to give an opaque view.
(Used in privacy screens) but can also be used to make a feature, such as a crest or emblem.

When using glass, we can only advise. We strongly suggest that your choice of glass be checked with the relevant building control office, as we cannot be held liable for the incorrect use/type or thickness of glass used.

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