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Friday, October 24, 2014

By GLASS AL   Posted at  7:24 AM   Tempered Glass No comments
Tempered Vs Thick Glass

Tempered and thick glass and window products are considered to be safer because they are less likely to break in case of an accident or some other type of event. While these types of glass are commonly used in shower doors and table tops due to safety reasons, there are significant differences between thick and tempered models. Thick versions are traditional glass that is thicker than windows, while tempered products have been through a controlled strengthening process.

Thick Windows
Glaziers can cut traditional glass in any type of thickness. Thick windows and other products are generally at least half an inch to three-quarters of an inch thick. Although it can withstand significantly more pressure than thinner models, the product does not go through any type of strengthening process. The glass can take more stress simply because it is thicker.

Tempered Glass
Tempered glass undergoes a heat or chemical strengthening process so it is able to withstand more pressure than traditional glass. Additionally, if tempered glass does break, it breaks into blunt pieces that are unlikely to cause serious injury. Tempered glass is often used in vehicles, to reduce human injury in the event of car accidents. It is also often used in baking glass products, shower and tub enclosures, and other products that encounter with a great deal of stress. Although tempered glass products are beneficial, all products must be cut to size before the glass undergoes the tempering treatment process. After glass has been chemical or heat strengthened, it cannot be cut, reshaped, or reworked.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Building an Office: Architectural Glass Considerations

By GLASS AL   Posted at  5:28 AM   New Jersey Since 2010 No comments
Building an Office: Architectural Glass Considerations

Your office says a lot about you. As a matter of fact, it determines how serious, trustworthy and sincere you are as a company. It is thus imperative that you take deliberate and keen attention on the look of its decor. The type of architectural material to be used should be carefully chosen, including the type of architectural glass being used. This article articulates some of the points to consider when making such choices in architectural design.

When choosing the type of architectural glass to be used for office, a number of factors should be considered - including a glass's solar control, its thermal insulation, color, light transmission, safety properties, and sound insulation.

Aesthetics is also a big concern for office glasses. For example, when making the type of spandrel panels, you should confer with your architects so as to make sure that the whole portico of the building has a harmonious and unified appearance. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Architectural Glass Projects Around the World

By GLASS AL   Posted at  6:26 AM   Staten Island No comments
Architectural Glass Projects Around the World

Glass has always fascinated architects and designers as a medium for construction. Contemporary designers have pushed avant-garde to the extremes by using glass in ways that have never been imagined before. There are many examples around the world that exhibit the use of architectural glass in impressive commercial and residential projects.

National Grande Theater of China
In Beijing, China, this easily recognizable dome was designed by Paul Andreu and completed in 2007. Glass panes are combined with titanium to produce extra-strong glass for the large dome shape that can withstand weathering. The final product of this massive dome has stirred controversy in China with the ultra-modern design contrasting against the traditional Chinese architecture of the nearby Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Burj Tower
Completed in 2009, Burj Khalifa is located in downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Following its inauguration to the public in 2010, Burj Tower officially became the world's tallest building. Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) was responsible for design with Adrian Smith FAIA, RIBA acting as consulting design Partner. Burj Tower is covered with 120,000 square meters of architectural glass. The glass withstands extreme desert conditions, from changing temperatures, to heavy winds, and weathering from sand.

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