Glass is one of the most versatile yet underappreciated substances in the world. It has a broad range of applications, ranging from tableware, packaging, appliances, electronics, to housing, building, and interior design to name a few. The composition of glass varies with its specific application.
You may think that the same glass from your tableware is found in your glasses or windows, but they are made of different materials and have undergone various processes. Here, you will know the types of glasses available and choose which one suits your needs.
Glasses for Houses and Buildings
The application of glass in a house or commercial building is not limited to windows. It can be used as a reinforcement structure, insulation, conservatory, or facade. A frameless assembly of glass, called structural glass, was deemed an impossible architectural concept several decades ago until the development of tempered and laminated glass. Now, designing a house or building with a glass facade is achievable with the right type of glass.
It is more durable than standard framed glass assemblies, allowing for contemporary and modern house or building designs with uninterrupted glass walls, floors, or ceilings. Structural glass can be expensive, but it is a wise investment due to the aesthetic appeal and real estate value your house or building gains. Also, your property is more energy-efficient due to the accommodation of more natural light and better thermal insulation.
Glasses for Interior Designing
Glasses are also versatile when it comes to interior design applications. There are also several types of glasses specifically made for home interiors. Clear glasses are the typical types used in windows. They allow for a clear, unhindered view of the outside as well as the inside.
Reflective glasses are useful in areas with constant sunlight exposure. These glasses reflect heat and radiation while still allowing the brightness of natural light inside your home. Tinted glasses are another alternative for reducing glare from sunlight, especially if there are other reflective surfaces inside your home.
Frosted glasses are excellent for letting artificial or natural light inside while blurring out images from both sides of the glass. They are innovative privacy features you can add to your bathroom or any other room that needs privacy. Toughened glasses are ideal for tables and furniture pieces. Aside from being tougher to break, these glasses break into thousands of tiny pieces that are not sharp and easy to clean up.
Glasses for Daily Use
Glasses we use daily range from drinking glasses, plates, and even some types of reading eyeglasses. Borosilicate glasses are ideal for kitchen glassware due to their high thermal shock resistance. It means you can place hot and cold beverages and food into your glassware without worrying they might crack or break.
The same type of glass is used in laboratories and industries dealing with chemicals. While many eyeglasses are now made of plastic, there are still lenses that use specialized glass composition. They have glare and radiation resistance properties to protect your eyes.
Glass is and will continue to play a pivotal role in enhancing people’s lives. We often fail to realize it due to seeing glasses in nearly all objects we use every day. Knowing the types of glasses and which ones suit our needs best can help us appreciate them more.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.