The world of commercial glass is very large, so it can be intimidating to know the various types of commercial glass that are used. While commercial glass tends to be similar, they have key differences that make them perfect for specific tasks. Here is a short list of some of the most common types of commercial glass.
- Soda-Lime Glass: This is a very basic type of glass. It is used in some windows as well as things like bottles because it is simple and clear.
- Spandrel Glass: This glass is commonly used on very tall commercial buildings with glass sides because it is slightly opaque. In a tall building you may want windows that give a view outside to be clear, but other glass panels that cover columns and floors use spandrel glass because it is not as see-through.
- Insulating Glass: This type of glass is best for energy efficiency. Insulating glass does what it says: insulates. This means that heat does not travel through it as effectively, reducing a buildings utility bill.
- Tempered Glass: Tempered glass is often called safety glass because it is very strong and doesn’t break into sharp pieces. It is very commonly used in commercial situations, such as large glass doors, stairwells, or most places where people can walk by the glass.
- Laminated Glass: This type of glass is also safer than normal glass because it holds together when broken. The layers holding the glass continue to keep it together, even when the glass cracks. This is also used on windows.
There are many more types of glass used in commercial buildings, but these are just a few key players in commercial glass.