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Architectural Glass Products

Architectural Glass Products

Date posted: October 6, 2017 // Glass

The transparent material created from molten silica was first made circa 500 BC and has long been used to allow light to penetrate homes and other buildings whilst excluding the wind, rain, dust and noise. More recently, however, the applications for glass products in an architectural context have expanded in parallel with various modifications in the manufacturing process and in its composition.

These advances have been responsible for some useful new properties, such as low reflectance and the ability to absorb ultraviolet radiation, qualities that are of particular value when these new materials are used to construct windows. No longer just a material for the glazier, some of its other new properties have seen its role extending into several other aspects of construction.

Elsewhere within a modern building, for example, a multi-storey office complex, ensuring the safety of large numbers of employees and visitors who may be present will be a matter of paramount concern to the owners. One can be quite certain that fire precautions are going to feature high on the list of their essential security measures. In addition to installing audible alarms, sprinkler systems and various types of extinguisher, many building owners now choose to further protect the safety of their staff with the use of architectural glass products in the form of fire-resistant panels and doors.

On the domestic seen, similar materials offer a superior substitute for the old-fashioned wire guards placed in front of open fireplaces. They offer an unobstructed view of the fire and conduct its warmth efficiently yet safeguard the home from stray sparks and embers whilst maintaining their structural integrity, despite the intense heat.

Though still basically the same as the material used to make drinking vessels, spectacle lenses and delicate ornaments, when suitably strengthened it can support substantial loads. For masonry purposes, blocks of the borosilicate variety may be used to construct transparent walls, while in the form of a hardened laminate it can even be used to construct beams and floors, although these may not be practical or affordable for use in the average home. One big plus, in the face of the current environmental pressures that applies not just to architectural glass products, but to this versatile raw material in all of its forms, is that it is 100% recyclable.

An internationally acclaimed manufacturer of specialised glass for use in a multitude of domestic and industrial applications, Schott is one of the top brands available from South Africa’s leading supplier of architectural glass products – LIT Africa.