Types of Glass in Construction & Interior Design

Types of Glass in Construction & Interior Design

Some materials sustain a timeless value regardless of current trends. From its origin to date, glass has become an asset in construction, design and decoration. With its inherent transparency, versatility, transmission of light and its viscosity, glass can be blown, shaped, treated and cut to offer a broad range of benefits.

Insulating Glass

Reducing heat transfer with two or more sheets of glass vacuumed, insulating glass in building construction is ideal for spaces that require a sustainable and protective solution for windows and sliding doors. It is used for protection from harsh or volatile weather, or simply to maintain equilibrium in room temperature. Also known as double-pane glass, this efficient material can mitigate noise and is great for homes and work environments.

Shatterproof Glass

Shatterproof glass is frequently used for the construction of skylights, cut into a variety of shapes and sizes that can leverage architectural and interior design. With its durability and inability to form sharp edges when rarely broken, shatterproof glass is an ideal material for striking glass staircases or railings. If you have ever found yourself standing on a glass floor, amazed at its capacity to support the weight of dozens, or hundreds of people, you may have been standing on shatterproof glass.

Blown Glass

If you’ve ever been mesmerized by the Bellagio Hotel’s blown glass ceiling designs by the legendary Dale Chihuly in Las Vegas, you aren’t alone. Blown glass is the perfect example of how color and viscosity meet to create infinite combinations of intriguing shapes and designs for indoor and outdoor spaces. Blown glass is frequently used to create intricate glass vessels, vases, and sculpture, often found decorating homes and offices, and at its best, can produce remarkable works of art.

Ceramic Glass

A comforting fireplace warms the room with glowing flames, cozy vibes and solace. Yet, the potential for dangerous accidents and fires is a concern. Ceramic glass is often cut into sheets, framed and connected to offer a flexible and stunning shield for fireplaces and restaurant kitchen partitions. It offers sleek aesthetics, durability, easy maintenance and is sustainable under extreme heat.

Laminated Glass

If you are prioritizing security, laminated glass is the best choice. The perfect solution for glass windows and doors of police stations, FBI vehicles and government buildings, with an extra layer of vinyl between panes. Used for walls and partitions, laminated glass is common in high security buildings, businesses, and law enforcement vehicles. While transparent, laminated glass reinforces the safety of homes, offices, and drivers worldwide. The extra layer of plastic can be tinted or clear and helps with soundproofing.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is stronger than most types of glass, yet it has the ability to bend easier without breaking. If tempered glass is broken, it shatters into many small pieces rather than falling into shards. It is often used for big windows, skyscrapers, shower doors and cars. For a more in-depth comparison between laminated and tempered glass in particular, check out Riot Glass’s guide.

Sandblasted Glass

If you’ve noticed shiny glass walls with matte surface designs that border on a smoky, opaque look, you’ve likely seen sandblasted glass. It is often found in offices and homes, used for a touch of elegance. It also offers privacy and is frequently used on shower and bathroom glass doors, windows, and partitions.

Add Smart to Your Glass

Glass comes in infinite shapes and forms, produced and treated to deliver a range of practical qualities for any space. Gauzy’s smart glass solutions, can be retrofitted or embedded into existing or new idle glass to acquire an innovative twist for modern construction, design and decoration. LC films are installed in leading projects worldwide from corporate offices, to hotels, hospitals, malls, and private residences, controlling the transmission of light through glass. 

Gauzy offers colored Spectrum film that comes in a range of shades, smart blinds and switchable privacy glass that turns opaque, tints or dims on demand.

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Disclaimer: The content provided on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a technical document. While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with your smart glass representative for the most current and final details regarding the benefits, services, and performance of our products

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