Different Types of Glass & Their Uses

Glass can be manufactured with a range of physical properties to be used for many different requirements. From large industrial designs to basic domestic windows, the uses are exceedingly large. Here at Abbey Glass, we cater for everyone’s glass requirements, and our experts have compiled a useful list of the most popular types of glass and what uses they may commonly have.

Flat glass

Where is it used?: windows, glass doors

Flat glass is the basic first product from the float process of making glass. It has a uniform thickness and makes the base for more advanced types of glass through further processing. This glass tends to break into long shards, and will commonly be used in double-glazing following further treatment.

Toughened glass

Where is it used?: shower doors,  glass furniture, glass shelves

Toughened glass can be used in a range of ways; for shower doors, glass furniture, shelves etc, and holds the advantage of being far more resistant to breaks. The cooling process in toughened glass creates counteracting stresses meaning that if it does break, the glass will shatter into small, square fragments rather than shards, decreasing the risk of injury.

Blasting the surface of glass with sand gives it a translucent milky-white appearance, making it a popular technique used for shower doors or front doors where privacy is required, but also some light. This technique can be used against a whole sheet of glass, or can be used to create patterns using a sand-resistant mask.

Patterned glass

Where is it used?: doors, bathroom windows

Patterned glass is typically produced by passing heated glass through rollers containing a regular pattern to be imprinted upon the glass. It is often used for bathroom windows or doors where, like sandblasted glass, light may be required but not total transparency.

Laminated glass

Where is it used?: storefronts, curtain walls, front doors

Laminated glass is a common option where increased security may be needed, for example, for front doors, store window fronts or car windscreens. Laminated glass is held together by an interlayer, meaning that it will not shatter on impact, reducing the risk of break-ins and any hazards caused by shards of shattered glass.

Mirrored glass

Where is it used?: wardrobe doors, bathroom mirrors

Mirrored glass is quite simply a mirror – and can be produced in all sizes, from small bathroom mirrors to full-length wardrobe doors. It is made by applied a metal coating to one side of the glass, typically made of silver, chrome, gold or aluminium.

Coated glass

Where is it used?: doubled glazed windows 

Coated glass is modified flat glass to give it specific characteristics, for example to make it insulating and resistant to infra-red.  It is commonly used for double glazed windows to improve home insulation.

Here at Abbey Glass, we have over 35 years’ experience in providing high-quality bespoke glass to domestic and commercial users. So no matter what your requirements, contact our professional team today  and we’ll be happy to help.