Buildings are no longer just about concrete, bricks and wood; creative architectural materials and methods have evolved a whole lot over the years and when it comes to interior design materials, glass is fast becoming the most popular material being used. Due to its versatility and easy fabrication, it can be used to create extraordinary things that provide an ethereal boost to buildings.
Glass is no longer the domain of windows, but is now being used to clad buildings, create room dividers, create daring transparent balconies high in the sky that send you into a tizzy, and of course as stylish doors. However, it’s not possible to create these things with normal glass; special kinds of treated glasses are being created for such purposes. Check out some of the different kinds in use:
Reflective glass – This type of tinted glass is manufactured by adding metal oxides to float glass while reheating it. Usual tint shades include bronze, grey, blue, green, etc. Tinting doesn’t affect the strength of the glass, but prevents heat transmission between the interior and exteriors of the building, making them more eco-friendly. It’s generally used for facades and prevents those outside from peering inside.
Tempered Glass – This is toughened glass that has been heated to increase its thermal resistance and can come in varying thickness. It can be used as shower doors, table tops, bullet-proof car windows, outer doors or even mobile screens. This glass breaks in typically granular patterns of roughly cubical shapes that it doesn’t cause much damage.
Laminated Glass – This is a combination of two layers of glass with a sheet of PVC in-between, such that when it shatters, the inter-sheet still holds the glass together in a typical spider-web pattern. It’s used on exteriors of buildings, curtain walls and windows; it’s also used for constructing aquariums, bridges, etc. Its thickness makes it UV-proof and soundproof.
Textured Glass – This is patterned glass that has motifs or decorations or even logos embossed on it; it could have colored patterns or just plain sanded texture. The glass texture only permits a hazy view of the inside while still permitting some natural light. It can be seen in foyers, conference rooms, windows, shower cubicles, etc.
Glass Ceramic – Opaque and reflective in nature, this type of strengthened glass is used to disguise less-aesthetically pleasing structures to give a neater look. It is five times stronger than annealed glass and also used in kitchen walls and cabinets.