Factors that can influence the choice of a glass:
- Visual comfort: visual comfort is directly related with visible light transmittance (VLT) and low light reflection. Currently, priority is given to the natural light rather than artificial light, whether the goal is to achive better results regarding energy efficiency and savings or for a comfort matter, providing greater comfort and visual acuity.
- Thermal comfort: thermal comfort is obtained either by the thermal insulation through direct of sunlight exposure (solar control) or by the control of heat losses that can be enhanced by low-emitting glass. The correct combination of these characteristics ensures a temperature balance inside of the housing throughout the year.
- Acoustic Comfort: an appropriately degree of thermal insulation have a significant effect on an occupant’s sense of well-being.
- Safety: certified safety glasses are tempered and laminated. The last ones are build of quenched or heat treated glass – tempered, thermoset or both.
- Design: the varied range of decorative glass allows us to follow architectural trends and to combine a modern aesthetic with light control and preserve the user’s safety, ensuring the appropriate level of privacy.
- Self-cleaning: self-cleaning windows allows a considerable reduction in the frequency of cleaning. They can be applied in all environments and particularly in heavily polluted locations.
Different glasses for different requirements and different needs
Different types of glass
All types of glass are of special importance since they are the most representative element on the facades, for example. They are, for this reason, the element with the greatest capacity to maximize the energy savings in the frame systems.
In window frames, the basic product used is float glass, that is, simple annealed glass plate, which can be transformed into other types of glass.
The different glasses produced from float glass are as follows (click on the respective tab):
Tempered glass is a glass that has been subjected to a thermal (tempering) or chemical treatment, designed to increase its mechanical resistance and to change its fragmentation in the event of breakage, compared to the annealed glass.
Tempered glass is more rigid, has greater thermal resistance. Due to its characteristics, when broken, it shatters into innumerable small pieces which makes it less susceptible to causing injuries to people.
The thermal temperature process considerably improves the properties of the product, giving tempered glass a much greater resistance than ordinary glass.
It is of great use in terms of security.
Laminated glass consists of two or more sheets of glass joined across the surface by an interlayer, consisting of one or more films of synthetic material, resin or gel – called butyral. When broken, the glass fragments are held together through the butyral, reducing the risk of accidents, as the shards are trapped in this intermediate layer.
Laminated glass has two major advantages: increased protection and acoustic control, which is excellent for the privacy of an environment.
The double glazing was created to increase the thermal insulation of the glazed openings and consists of two glass sheets separated by an air space or other sealed gas.
This space, called the Air or Gas Chamber, is properly sealed in order to guarantee the total stability and watertightness of the double glazing by a spacer that can be aluminum or thermal.
Depending on the objective and the needs you want to satisfy, this technology can be adapted to solar control, thermal and acoustic insulation, to the reduction of maintenance and cleaning needs and to a substantial increase in safety conditions.
Double glass can be used with a wide range of combinations of its interior and exterior glass.
It is essential that for each application the most appropriate composition is evaluated, in order to obtain the best performance and avoid breaks due to the occurrence of thermal shocks.
Triple glazing is the perfect solution to the need for reinforced thermal insulation, a characteristic required by low-energy homes.
The triple glass consists of three glasses and two separating layers – air or gas chamber – sealed in order to guarantee its stability and tightness.
Depending on the objective and the needs you want to satisfy, this technology can be adapted to solar control, thermal and acoustic insulation, to reduce the need for maintenance and cleaning of glass and also to a substantial increase in safety conditions.
The triple glass can be used with a wide range of combinations of its interior and exterior glass. It is essential that for each application the most appropriate composition is evaluated, in order to obtain the best performance and avoid breaks due to the occurrence of thermal shocks.
It allows a considerable improvement in thermal performance and can increase the mechanical resistance: It takes longer to break a triple glazing, which may be sufficient before the police arrive.
However, there is a significant increase in weight that can affect the type or series foreseen for the window.
Colored glasses attract attention due to the visual effect they provide in different types of projects. They are special glasses with a high level of personalization that show the creativity of architects, decorators and engineers.
To transform the colorless glass into colored tones, ceramic enamel is used on the glass surface, this mixture goes to the tempering furnace and the ceramic pigments are incorporated into the glass base, giving a uniform color throughout its length.
Printed glasses are a range of translucent glasses printed with relief obtained by passing the glass, in a fluid state, between two cylinders that engrave a design on one of its faces.
These can be colorless or bronze, gray or yellow in color. They exist in several thicknesses and wires in some models.
They can be used as monolithic or double glazed and can be combined with other products in the glass range, combining the benefits of the different solutions available.
These types of glass subtly transmit and diffuse light and have been developed for various types of applications, where a special or personalized touch is required. Thus, they allow the creation of environments adapted to each style and space: classic, modern or contemporary.