Making the Most of Your Glass Box Extension

It is official – conservatories are out, glass boxes are most definitely in. If you want to add an extension to your home and stay right on trend, it simply has to be bespoke glass. But can you make the most of your glass box extension?

Ok, so glass boxes, conservatories – they can be seen as two interpretations of the same thing. The key differences are that, as the name suggests, a glass box makes greater use of glass panelling, typically with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors, and maintains a cuboid shape.

Whereas conservatories have typically sought to mimic the aesthetics of traditional house design by incorporating brick walls and gable or hip roofs, glass boxes are unashamedly brash and modern, focusing on sleek angles, open lines of sight and plenty of natural light.

There is also an argument to say that glass boxes are more flexible and make better use of space than standard conservatories. Here’s a look at how that can be used for maximum effect.

How To Make The Most Of Your Glass Box Extension

Bring awkward external spaces into use

Conservatories tend to need their own footprint for construction, with space to dig foundations if brick walls and a full roof are to be included. Glass boxes can be created to fit with whatever spaces you have available. In a narrow yard, for example, or a space between an external wall and a garage, you may not have room for a traditional conservatory. But glass boxes can make use of structures that are already there, simply adding glass paneling to bring an outdoor space indoors.

Reimagine indoor spaces

Glass box design is conversely a great way to bring more of the outdoors inside. If you feel certain rooms are too dingy and claustrophobic, what better way to open them up than with glass panel walls and roofing.

Create links to outbuildings

Many people views external structures like garages and outbuildings as prime opportunities for extending their live-in space. But they face a problem if these buildings are not directly joined to the house itself. Glass box extensions provide a perfect solution. On the one hand, they can provide an attractive walkway to connect the two structures, protecting you and your family from the elements as you pass between them. On the other, these boxes can be used as additional living space themselves, with the addition of sofas, tables, chairs or whatever else you desire to create a comfortable, usable new area.

Think vertical

Finally, glass boxes are far from a ground level-only option. Their versatility also extends to upper floors. If, for example, you are contemplating creating a roof terrace on your property, you might want to consider how much use it would get outside the warmest three or four months of the year. By building a glass box extension, you instead create an all-year-round space that you can warm in the winter and throw open to the great outdoors in the summer. Also, glass boxes provide an interesting option for loft conversions and dormers, especially if you aspire to gazing up at the heavens at night.

If you’re keen to make the most of your glass box extension, get in touch with Glass & Stainless today.

A Guide to Types of Privacy Glass

From bathrooms to office cubicles,  bespoke privacy glass has a wide and varied range of applications for domestic and commercial purposes. Also known in the trade as obscure glass, this name perhaps provides a better clue to how it functions – obscuring a view through window panels whilst still allowing the light in.

So wherever a little privacy is required without obstructing natural light, privacy glass finds itself in demand. But what are the main options, and how do they work? Here’s a brief guide to the most common types.

Types Of Privacy Glass

Ground glass

This type of privacy glass is made by grinding the surface so it is broken up into small fragments. This can then be sanded smooth, but the finished product will retain a matte texture and translucent quality. Ground glass tends to offer only a moderate amount of privacy – enough to obscure detail, but you can still generally make out shapes, movement and even colours through it. It is more commonly used on smaller surface areas than large, so in windows you would usually see ground glass in block windows, with full frames made up of multiple smaller panes.

Frosted glass

Frosted glass is arguably the type of privacy glass that most people imagine.. It is produced by sandblasting or acid etching one surface of a glass pane to create pitted indentations. As with ground glass, this has the effect of scattering light rays and therefore making the glass translucent rather than transparent.

Frosted glass is very popular for use in windows because the etching can be controlled to create decorative patterns. These can be everything from geometric lines, hatching or swirls to distinctive images such as leaves or flowers. Frosting is also more suitable for working on larger panes and can be used to achieve a range of opacity in the glass, from mild image distortion to heavily blurred.

Tinted Glass

Widely associated with cars, tinted glass is in fact extremely popular in commercial property. It is created by adding metal oxides to the glass in order to colour it. Tints can be used for purely decorative purposes and also to control the heat and UV light passing through glass, helping to make buildings more energy efficient. When darker colours are used, it also has the effect of blocking light rays of many wavelengths as they try to pass through, obscuring visibility.

One-way glass

One-way glass is based on the same principle as a mirror, using a thin metallic film in the glass to reflect light back where it has come from. However, in one-way glass the metallic film is extremely thin, so thin in fact that it only reflects some of the light back, but not all. When there is a difference in light levels either side of the glass – one light, one dark – the filmed surface acts like a mirror on the light side only.

This is because there is more light being reflected back from the light side than is passing through from the dark side. If you are looking from the dark side, however, this is reversed and you can see through to the light side. One-way glass is common on the exterior of buildings where there is a discrepancy between light on the outside during daylight hours and light inside.

Smart Glass

Smart glass is so called because it has the ability to change from transparent to translucent and vice versa. Some smart glass types respond automatically to heat and light levels, using photochromic and thermochromic chemicals added to the glass. These types are growing in popularity in commercial premises more from an energy efficiency perspective than privacy, as they can help to automate regulation of heating and lighting.

Other types of smart glass use pigments that respond to electrical charge, which means they can be controlled digitally. When used in homes or commercial premises, you therefore have a choice – turn the system on to tint or obscure your windows for privacy, or turn it off to have normal transparent windows.

If you would like to discuss which form of privacy glass is most suitable for your situation, get in touch with Glass & Stainless today.

Invite the Outside in With External Glass Sliding Doors

External doors play an important role in keeping the interior of your home safe, warm and protected from the elements. But for many people, the downside is you are shutting off the outside world, blocking natural light and obscuring attractive views of your garden and whatever lies beyond.

External glass sliding doors offer the best of both worlds. Secure, durable and well insulated, double or even triple glazed sliding doors nonetheless invite the outside world into your home, with clear views and high levels natural light all year round.

In addition, sliding doors also make access between indoors and out that much easier. When the weather is fine, you can throw open your external doors to provide a direct continuum between your garden and the inside of your home. This also ideal for letting sunlight and fresh air permeate your home.

External glass sliding door types

One of the great benefits of installing glass sliding doors is that they are extremely flexible. Different types can be used to add an external entrance to virtually any exterior wall space, from patios to balconies to elevated terraces.

Here’s a quick run down of the main glass sliding door types.

Single glass sliding door

The classic patio door, the single glass sliding door comprises two glass panels, one fixed and one installed on runners. To open, the door panel slides behind the fixed panel. Unlike some varieties of indoor sliding door, a patio sliding door will be mounted on top and bottom rails to provide additional sturdiness and security.

Multiple glass sliding door

Based on the same principle as the single version, a multiple sliding doors feature several panels all mounted on rails to move horizontally over to a single fixed position when fully open. Multiple glass sliding doors can be used in much larger spaces, providing the option to open up extensive wall spaces while still maintaining plenty of light and open vistas when closed.

Bi-fold sliding doors

As an alternative to multiple sliding doors, bi-fold glass sliders combine the classic fold action of a bi-fold door with a sliding rail. The effect is that the panels do not just fold open, they can also be pushed and slid to the side to maximise the aperture. The main benefit of bi-fold sliding doors over multiple sliding varieties is that the rails are simpler and slimmer. With a four-door multiple system, for example, you need four rails on which to carry all the panels, which makes the tracks quite thick and cumbersome. With a bi-fold sliding design, you can achieve the same effect with a single rail.

French sliding doors

A tweak on a classic design, French sliding doors incorporate the familiar pair of opposed doors, but they open by sliding on a rail rather than outwards. Many people find this much more convenient on an external entrance than swing doors. For example, it reduces issues with doors banging on windy days.

Glass & Stainless have extensive experience in designing and installing external glass sliding doors in a variety of contexts. Get in touch today to see how we can help you.

5 Reasons To Install A Glass Floor In Your Home

  1. It is a safe and structurally sound material
  2. Helps you to preserve any historical features
  3. Allows light into dark spaces
  4. Sets your house apart from others
  5. Shows off your collection whilst saving on space

Stunning to behold and certainly practical, glass floors are perfect for maximising light and use of space within your home. Suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, this unique architectural feature allows you to live comfortably in a property without compromising on style. To convince you further, here are 5 reasons to install a glass floor in your home.

5 Reason To Install A Glass Floor In Your Home

A Structurally Sound Material

It might go against all your instincts, but glass floors are a perfectly structurally sound building material. By choosing to install a glass floor in your home over other potential materials, you are in no way compromising your safety. Instead, you gain the advantage of having a really unusual architectural feature in your home.

Preserve The History Beneath Your Feet

If you are lucky enough to live in a property with historic features, you not only want to preserve them for future generations, but also make them a unique feature in your home. The presence of such historic features probably mean that you’re living in a listed building, in which case, permission to alter your property will require a certain level of conservation. Installing a glass floor in your home can help satisfy your legal obligations whilst ensuring that the room is still suitable and usable for your needs. The archaeology underneath will remain safe from damage but still on view for all to see.

Whether you’re living above the foundations of a Roman villa, a medieval church or a Victorian prison, a glass floor provides a window to the past.

Allow Light Into Windowless Rooms

In properties where space is an issue, homeowners are increasingly choosing to dig downwards. In doing so, they are able to maintain the size of their garden and avoid overlooking neighbouring properties. However, the resulting windowless rooms can easily feel dark and claustrophobic, even if they’re actually quite spacious!

Installing a glass floor in the basement ceiling, up to the room or garden above, is a brilliant way to combat this. Light, whether or artificial, is able to flood into the space and the room is given a greater sense of height. With a glass floor, you can truly make the most of your new underground room.

Feature That Sets Your House Apart

When it comes to a selling house, everyone is looking for that point of difference. House prices are high at the moment, so anything that makes your house more attractive to buyers is a distinct advantage. A glass floor will certainly ensure that your property stands out from the crowd.

Show Off Your Collection

Having spent years carefully building up and curating your collection of wines, books or other items, you want to show it off to best effect. Wall space can be limited so why not place your collection beneath a glass floor? There, it can be seen and admired by all your friends and family whilst still being easily accessed through a hinged opening. Spiral cellars are proving increasingly popular for this purpose.

 

Glass and Stainless are highly experienced in designing and installing the perfect glass floor, whatever the property or purpose. Get in touch today to see how we can help.

 

4 Misconceptions About Glass Floors

Over the years at Glass & Stainless, in our conversations about glass floors, we’ve found that similar misunderstandings arise time and time again. Not everyone is aware of just how strong glass is as a building material, or how many decorative possibilities it provides. To help you out, we’ve responded to 4 more of the most common misconceptions about glass floors.

4 Misconceptions About Glass Floors

Misconception 1: Glass Is Weak

The number one misconception is that glass is not strong. Within us all, there is a persistent and instinctive feeling that glass simply cannot be as strong a material as metal, wood, concrete or stone. This is in large part due to our lifelong experiences with standard annealed glass, frequently used in items like mirrors, glasses and vases. After one too many unfortunate accidents, we expect glass to crack and smash when exposed to any sort of pressure. But that certainly isn’t the case with glass floors.

All glass flooring is made using a toughened form of glass that is around 4 to 5 times stronger than annealed glass. Not only can it withstand far greater physical pressure than annealed glass, but also greater variations in temperature and sudden temperature changes. As part of the toughening process, the glass sheet is heated to around 650ºC before being rapidly cooled. This creates a degree of tension within the glass which helps hold it together.

Misconception 2. Glass Gives You No Privacy

Yes, some glass is transparent and you can see through it. But not all glass is transparent! Frosted and satin glass both offer a more opaque finish and can certainly be used to create a glass floor. Opaque glass is probably a good choice for glass floors located in bathrooms, bedrooms or similar spaces where privacy is a major consideration. Sometimes, you just don’t want people to be able to look up or down on you. By choosing this type of glass, you still allow light to pass between two spaces whilst maintaining their separate nature.

Frosted glass is produced by sandblasting or acid etching a sheet of toughened glass in order to create a rougher, pitted external layer. As a result, when light passes through the more uneven surface, it is scattered in numerous different directions and the view through the glass is blurred.

Satin glass gains its opacity through a chemical treatment. Hydrofluoric acid burns through the topmost layers to create that sought-after rough surface. Still easy to clean, satin glass ensures that images become increasingly blurred and obscured the further away they are from the glass. For total privacy, you can treat both sides of the glass.

Misconception 3. Glass Is Too Slippery To Walk On

Whilst it is true that untreated glass can be incredibly slippery and dangerous to walk on, at Glass & Stainless, we ensure that all our glass floors are covered with a non-slip coating. It creates a rougher surface on the glass, providing much traction and resistance underfoot. This slip-resistant cover means that our glass floors are suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. The coating is available in a wide variety of patterns, including diamonds, dots and checkered. Alternatively, you could choose to have your glass sandblasted to create a similar rough surface.

Misconception 4. Glass Can’t Be Decorative

When it comes to glass floors, think outside the box. The possibilities are endless. Don’t feel as though you’re restricted to the standard clear glass in a rectangle shape. Glass can be cut into a myriad of different shapes, perfect for filling awkward spaces. Why not bring the outdoors inside by designing a curving glass floor, tinted blue, that could wind across your floor like a river? Or install multiple smaller circles to replicate the look of a porthole?

Choose satin glass and you have the ability to engrave intricate designs into the glass, maybe a geometric pattern or even words? When colour is applied to satin glass it produces a lovely and subtle pastel effect.

 

If you’ve been reassured by our responses to these 4 misconceptions about glass floors and would like to discuss the possibility of installing your own glass floor, get in touch today.

Glass Floor Designs

When it comes to flooring, glass floors are the ultimate in modern sophisticated. Incredibly beautiful, glass floor designs come in an outstanding variety, from the clean and simple to the intricately elegant. We use toughened glass supported by metal frames to ensure strength and durability, meaning that you can use glass floor pretty much wherever you would like, in both residential and commercial properties.

Glass floors have numerous benefits. Most obviously, they are transparent. This means that light can pass freely between two rooms, brightening up darker, more enclosed spaces like basements. These rooms then feel more open and airy. As well as being practical however, glass floors can be used to make a real design statement in your property. Here’s how.

Glass Floor Design Ideas

Adding Colour

If you want to make a bold statement with your glass floor, why not add colour? Two different techniques can be used to achieve this effect, depending on how intense you wish the colour to be. With the addition of a particular metal oxide, glass gains a subtle tint. Additional iron gives a green colour, cobalt or iron creates blue and either iron, selenium or cobalt can be used to produce bronze.

For a bigger impact, we can insert coloured layers between layers of laminated glass. These layers can be created in any colour, as bright or sophisticated as you like, and can be used internally or externally without the risk of distortion.

Showing Off A Collection

If you’ve got the space below, glass floors are a brilliant way of displaying a beloved collection whilst keeping them safe from damage. Common examples are books, wine bottles or corks but you could choose nearly any non-perishable object to fill the space. It may be that you there is already something in situ that you want to show off! Glass floors are an excellent solution for people who wish to protect any archaeology that their property sits on top of.

Combining With A Water Feature

Arguably, the most impressive way of using a glass floor is over a water feature. This glass floor design idea gives the amazing sensation of walking on water. For the greatest effect, we recommend having the glass cut into a custom shape of a winding river or curved lake, simulating the real life thing.

Opaque Glass

In some rooms, like bedrooms and bathrooms, you might be concerned about the level of privacy a glass floor can provide. Don’t worry! Frosted or satin glass can be used to maintain your privacy whilst ensuring that some light is still able to enter to the space.

Etched Glass

For a more decorative effect, why not choose to have a gorgeously intricate design etched into the surface of the glass floor? Certain geometric, more regular patterns can actually help to create a slip-resistant surface.

External Glass Balcony Floors

Lots of external balconies make excellent use of glass balustrades, but have you ever considered truly maximising your view with a glass balcony floor? If you’ve got a head for heights, this is a brilliant way of achieving the sensation of floating on air. Toughened glass is incredibly strong and perfectly safe for this use.

Glass Walkway

In larger properties where there are two wings, a glass walkway is a stunning way of connecting the two areas. If your property has a double height atrium, a glass walkway would certainly make an impression and provide an excellent view of the space below.

 

At Glass & Stainless, we have experience producing a wide variety of glass floor designs. To discuss your ideas and requirements, please do get in touch today.

Skylights For Flat Roofs

When it comes to skylights, you aren’t limited by the pitch of your roof. Skylights for flat roofs certainly exist and they can be used to brilliant effect, allowing natural light to pour into your property. In some circumstances a more elevated pyramid skylight or roof lantern may be more suitable, but subtle skylights for flat roofs are certainly available.

The Benefits Of Skylights For Flat Roofs

Skylights for flat roofs are a brilliant aesthetic choice, as well as an environmentally friendly and private one.

By installing a skylight on a flat roof, you can truly maximise the amount of natural light (and heat) that is able to reach through the bespoke glass and into the nooks and crannies of your home. When light is scarce in winter, it is all too tempting to just turn on the artificial lights. With a skylight, you are able to capture as much light as possible and so put off flicking the switch for a bit longer. Ultimately, that will reduce your energy consumption and save money in the long term. In summer, light is plentiful and a skylight will help give you the sensation of being outside even when you’re trapped indoors.

Research has shown that greater exposure to natural light is beneficial for our mental and physical health. Artificial light has been shown to disrupt our sleeping patterns and other circadian rhythms within the body. Ultimately, this can increase your chances of experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Skylights for flat roofs can offer you greater privacy than a standard window. In order for anyone to look into such a skylight and see you, they will have to be positioned almost directly above your property. Few people have neighbours in such a position, making it ideal for use in bathrooms and bedrooms.

Just like a normal window, skylights can be opened. In fact, their location up high works in their favour. As a room begins to heat up, the hot air rises and the cold air falls. Opening a skylight will allow that hot air to escape really quite easily.

The Technicalities Of Skylights For Flat Roofs

The key to making skylights for flat roofs work is by elevating them. A completely level skylight will easily accumulate debris and water, blocking out the light, ruining the aesthetic and reducing its long-term stability. The elevation doesn’t need to be much, just 3 degrees as a minimum to ensure effective water run-off.

For additional security, we recommend that you choose good quality flashing and have a professional, such as Glass and Stainless, install the rooflight. They will ensure that the surrounding roofing material perfectly interlocks with the flushing to create a watertight seal.

Given that the skylight doesn’t sit flush to the roof but instead rises upwards and breaks the roofline, you may require planning permission prior to installation. This is particularly likely if the building is listed or located in a conservation area.

Don’t worry if your flat roof is a particularly awkward shape, we can create skylights bespoke to your needs. At Glass and Stainless, we work to your needs and requirements. Get in touch today to see how we can help with your skylights for flat roofs.

Top 7 Benefits Of Skylights

  1. Increase the amount of light in a room
  2. Improved air quality through greater ventilation
  3. Greater control over room temperature
  4. Doesn’t compromise your privacy
  5. Creates a greater sense of space
  6. A more eco-friendly option
  7. Beneficial to your mental health

Skylights are a brilliant way of introducing light and fresh air to darker, smaller rooms. They can provide you with greater privacy than a traditional window and save you money over the long term.

Here are our top 7 benefits of skylights!

Increase the amount of light in a room

Not to state the obvious, but the addition of a skylight will allow a greater amount of light to enter a room. The amount and intensity of the light will vary throughout the day as the sun moves around the property. Typically, south and west facing skylights will receive the greatest amount of sunlight and so make the greatest difference to a room’s light levels.

Natural light can be more far more pleasurable than artificial light. It is less harsh, more flattering and generally creates a more pleasant ambience for you to enjoy.

 

Improve air quality through greater ventilation

If you choose a opening skylight, you benefit from another point of ventilation in the property. An improved airflow will keep the room feeling fresh and stop any mustiness from building up. This is a particularly popular option in kitchens or kitchen diners, where you might want to remove any excess heat or overpowering smells.

 

Greater control over room temperature

As well as being brilliant for removing unpleasant smells, an opening skylight also allows you to release any unwanted hot air. A skylight can actually be more effective than a window in reducing room temperature due to the way heat disperses through a space. Warm air rises whilst cooler air moves downwards. This means that the hot air can easily escape through a skylight whilst the colder outside air is drawn inwards and downwards. Skylights truly make excellent use of convection currents.

If you know the times when you’re room tends to heat up, you can think ahead and open the skylight ready. A good example of this would be an otherwise poorly ventilated bathroom that fills with steam whenever you have a wonderfully hot shower.

 

Doesn’t compromise privacy

One of the biggest advantages of choosing a skylight over a window, is that it’s harder to see in. Unless your neighbour’s property is positioned higher than your own, the angle of a skylight means that they will be unable to look in. This makes skylights ideal for bathroom and bedroom where you want the reassurance of privacy and safety from exposure.

 

Creates a greater sense of space

Skylights can have a massive impact on just how big a room feels, particularly if you have lighter walls for the light to bounce off. Furthermore, by placing your window in the roof you are left with far more wall space to play with. This makes it easier to comfortably situate furniture in a small room.

 

A more eco-friendly option

The more natural light that is able to flood a room, the less need there is for artificial light. This means that skylights can be the more environmentally-friendly option, as well as the more pleasant. Of course, natural light comes at no cost so skylights can actually save you money in the long term.

 

Beneficial to your mental health

It might seem simple, but greater exposure to natural light has been shown to lower the risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression which can afflict individuals during the darker, winter months.

Glass and Stainless are highly experienced in designing and installing the perfect skylight for a wide variety of properties. Get in touch today to see how we can help.

What is architectural glazing?

Architectural glazing simply refers to any glass that is being used as a building material within a structure. It can be used both externally and internally to stunning effect, including windows, doors rooflights, canopies and curtain walls. Now a staple design feature of modern commercial buildings, bespoke glass is also a popular choice for the home as architects find innovative new ways to open up buildings.

Aluminum frames are the support of choice as their slimmer frame provides less obstruction than the bulkier options of uPVC and timber. More natural light can then flood into the building and the room will instantly feel more spacious. Architectural glazing is the perfect way to make the most of any views.

What Are The Potential Uses Of Architectural Glazing?

Glass Curtain Wall

One of the most obvious and frequent uses of architectural glazing is in curtain walls. A curtain wall is simply one that wraps around the main load-bearing structural wall. It is capable of supporting its own weight, with the metal frame filled with large glass panes. The architectural glazing helps to absorb any wind load, prevent sway, reduce fire spread and provide protection against air and water infiltration. Buildings with this glass curtain wall require less maintenance than those without. By adding a second layer to the building, energy efficiency noticeably improves.

Glass Doors

External glass doors can either be used on their own or seamlessly integrated into a glass curtain wall. Modern aluminium frames are certainly strong enough to bear the weight of floor-to-ceiling glass door panes and the repeated stress of them being opened frequently.

Glass Canopies

To help protect anyone waiting outside your door from the elements, you could install a glass canopy. It could be a smaller single pane of glass just over the door or a larger structure that creates a protected walkway. For the safety of anyone stood beneath it during extreme weather, a glass canopy should use a strong form of safety glass.

Glass Box Extension

A popular choice for the home, glass box extensions are an alternative to conservatories. They rarely require planning permission and don’t need foundations. Thanks to the minimal amount of frame used, a glass box extension creates the perfect space for transitioning from house to garden. Sitting in a glass box extension, you have a perfect view of your outdoor space whilst being protected from the elements. In the height of summer, a glass box extension is the perfect place to enjoy the sun without getting burnt.

Glass Rooflights

If you don’t have the space for expansive glass doors or a glass box extension, glass rooflights are an excellent alternative. By making use of your roof space, you can maximise the amount of natural light coming into your property. As well as increasing light levels, some types of glass rooflight can also be opened to improve ventilation or to access the roof. From an aesthetics point of view, a glass rooflight can either sit flush to the roof or protrude outwards to create a roof lantern.

Glass and Stainless can design and produce bespoke architectural glazing for a wide range of requirements, including all those listed above. Contact us today to discuss your specification.

The Possibilities Of Toughened Glass Panels (Made To Measure)

At Glass and Stainless, we believe that the possibilities of toughened glass panels (made to measure) are practically endless. Toughened glass is an incredibly versatile material that can give you real peace of mind thanks to its impressive safety credentials. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, it can be cut into a wide variety of shapes and sizes in order to meet your unique vision.

What is toughened glass?

Also known as tempered glass, toughened glass is one of the most popular and common types of safety glass. Approximately 4 to 5 times stronger than standard annealed glass, it is widely used in situations where the glass is likely to be subject to pressure, both physical and heat. This strength is the result of the rapid heating and cooling that the glass is subjected to in a process called quenching.

A panel of annealed glass is placed on a roller table and is then heated to roughly 650 degrees. At that temperature, the glass begins to soften. Once the glass has reached this more pliable state, it must be removed from the heat and cooled rapidly. The outside layers will cool and harden more quickly the unexposed inner layers, which remain piping hot. This temperature difference within the glass is what introduces the all-important stress that holds all the layers together, giving them additional strength.

If the toughened glass is broken, the stress between the layers of glass has a massive impact on how it shatters. Whereas annealed glass breaks into large, jagged and dangerous shards, toughened glass will produce smaller and rounder pieces. These are far less likely to injure anyone within the nearby vicinity. Fair warning, the sudden release of all this stress when the glass shatters can cause a loud bang.

Why are toughened glass panels made to measure?

With toughened glass panels, it is crucial that the glass is cut exactly to your requirements prior to the quenching process. Unlike with annealed glass, it cannot be drilled or cut once formed. As the stress is evenly distributed within the glass, any change to one section of it will reverberate across the whole panel and cause it to shatter.

For this reason, we will ask you for the exact specification of your glass prior to beginning our work. When measuring up for your toughened glass panels, it is important that you remember that there is a difference between the visible glass size and the actual glass size. All too often, people will measure the former and then discover that their toughened glass panel is too small. If the glass you are measuring is supported by any sort of frame, it is likely that the glass extends beyond that which you can see. For a more accurate measurement, we would recommend that you measure the height and width of the entire glass panel and frame together, and then subtract 5 mm from your figures.

Possible Uses Of Toughened Glass Panels (Made To Measure)

As we’ve already said, there is a wide range of ways in which toughened glass panels can be put to effective use. Here a just couple of ideas to get you thinking:

    • Frameless Glass Shower Doors- Used pretty much every single day, your average glass shower door can come under a lot of stress. You certainly don’t want it to shatter in a dangerous manner when you are in such close proximity and with your body in its most vulnerable state. If you would prefer to have greater privacy in your shower, you could choose to add a frosted effect to the toughened glass.
    • Glass Balustrade- If you’re living in the UK, your glass balustrade must use a form of safety glass by law. Toughened glass is able to withstand the pressure of someone leaning or pressing up against it. It is also impressively weather resistant and simple to clean, should you wish to use it outside.
    • Skylights- The heat resistant qualities of made to measure toughened glass panels mean that they’re ideal for use in skylights. Just like building and car windows, a skylight is exposed to a range of temperatures. From the heat of a midsummer’s day to the freezing cold of a midwinter night, toughened glass will remain strong and in place.

    Glass and Stainless can guide you on whether or not toughened glass panels made to measure are the most suitable material for your project. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.