The following documents introduces the two types of tempered glass commonly used in the display industry, but we will also introduce some special glass for custom made or specific display and showcases, such as Laminated glass, Decorative laminated glass and Anti-glare glass. If you have any questions regarding a specific materials listed or have an alternative design you'd like to have quoted, please contact us for more information.
What is the difference between clear glass and low iron glass?
Different products call for different types of glass. Two common kinds of glass are low iron and clear. Their properties are different because their ingredients aren't the same. One may be better suited than the other for certain design projects.
The major difference between clear glass and low iron glass is that low iron is more transparent making it better for color matching.
While "clear" is in the name, clear glass is actually not the clearest type of glass you can get.
While clear glass does not have substantially high iron content, it is higher than low-iron glass. Due to this higher iron content, clear glass has a greenish tint. This is a result of the natural presence of iron oxide from elements such as sand.
Low Iron Glass (also known as Ultra-clear glass, Super-clear glass, Ultra-white glass, Super-white glass)
Float glass manufacturers create low iron glass by reducing the amount of iron in the molten glass formula. This type is more transparent than regular glass, and it doesn't have that greenish tint. Making modifications to the iron content can increase the light transparency by 5 to 6 percent.
Since the edgework of low iron glass is clearer and less green than clear glass than it is with clear glass makes it the choice for color matching, it's great to use for showcases in retail stores, because of the transparency of glass, consumers can view the merchandise without that pesky green tint in the way.
Laminated glass is the one of the safest forms of glass, also is a durable, high-performance glazing product. Laminated glass is provide protection against man-made threats such as vandalism and forcible-entry. Laminated glass is crafted by adhering two pieces of annealed glass together by a vinyl layer (EVA). It's strong enough to be used in many high-traffic areas where safety and reliability are paramount.
Laminated glass, when struck, tends to crack in a circular, spider-web type pattern, but rarely breaks outright. If laminated glass is broken, the vinyl interlayer remains in the frame, with glass fragments adhering to the interlayer. This produces compact glass that holds in place rather than shatter when hit by attackers.
Laminated glass it's strength can be attributed form the glass layers and the resin used as the interlayer. What's more, the pressure and heating process adds to its strength and makes the glass up to 5 times stronger and 100 times stiffer than the standard glass.
Decorative Laminated Glass
Decorative laminated glass provides increased productivity, natural light, and soundproofing combined with unparalleled aesthetics for furniture, showcases, modular walls, and dividers and partitions within retail, personal care, office, and hotel settings.
Decorative laminated glass offers the highest level of design flexibility. It is produced by combining two or more layers of glass with one or more decorative interlayers. We provide a range of interlayers: color filters, metals, meshes, textiles, wood veneers, rice papers, prints, textures, mirrors, and more.
Anti-reflective glass (AR glass) has been optically coated on one or two sides to eliminate reflections and increase the light transmission. Anti-reflective glass reduces surface glare and increases substrate transmission and brightness, offering better contrast definition over a specific wavelength range.
Anti-reflective glass provides crystal clear views, created with a sputter coating process, anti-reflective glass helps create amazingly clear showcases and improve clarity on cultural relics, jewelry and watches, even in bright environments.
With Anti-Reflective Coating: Normal glass without coating: Physical Properties:
Our palette of decorative glass colors allows you to take control and create whatever range your project needs. Ideal for retail and commercial applications, we give you the ability to meet the needs of even the most particular client.