Different Types of Architectural Glass For Specific Home Applications

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When it comes to your architectural glass project or replacement, the type that you choose can make a big difference in both aesthetics and functionality of your home. Many homeowners in Singapore naturally want to know what type of glass panels there are in the market. While some may have decided on something different for their replacement, others may not know where to start as it is their first time. To help you out in choosing what’s best for your home, we have rounded up five kinds of glass for different applications:

  • Tempered: Undergoing heating and cooling to create a stronger bond within the molecules in the glass, tempered glass is designed to be stronger and more durable. You can enjoy the look of tempered glass while feeling assured that safety is not compromised. In the case of breakage, tempered glass actually breaks into smaller pieces rather than sharp, jagged shards. This reduces the risk of damage or injury, which can be a concern for families with young children when such accidents happen. As such, you can install tempered glass as shower doors, windows, interior or exterior doors with peace of mind. You can let more light into your home using tempered glass, which can maximise the look of your place. This is particularly useful for those working with a smaller space.


  • Laminated: Laminated glass is made of two glass layers with a vinyl interlayer in between. And unlike tempered glass, laminated glass will not shatter against impact due to its sandwiched layers. It can also be combined with heat-strengthened glass for greater impact resistance. On top of that, it reduces heat gain, which means a lesser need for air-conditioning on a warm day. Apart from window application, this type of material can be used for railings, roofs, floors and stairs. Laminated glass will ultimately increase the aesthetic appeal of your home. Additionally, all types of glass such as tempered, heat-strengthened and low-E coated can be laminated and can come with their own set of benefits. Tempered laminated glass, for example, can give you the best of both worlds with the shatter-proof properties of laminated glass as well as the strength of tempered glass.


  • Heat-Strengthened: As heat-strengthened glass is cooled down with lesser pressure in its treatment process, this makes it semi-tempered, meaning that it is not as strong as tempered glass. However, it is more resistant to thermal stress as compared to traditional glass. Heat-strengthened glass has a flatter finish and can be used in places that do not specifically require a safety glass material like laminated or tempered glass.


  • Low-E coated: Short for low-emissivity, Low-E coated glass is known to be an energy-efficient option for homes. Due to its unique coating, this type of glass reflects infrared light that keeps the heat out of your home. If it is inevitable that furniture has to be placed near the windows, you may be looking for glass panels that can reduce ultra-violet (UV) light exposure as much as possible. In this case, Low-E glass can protect your furnishings against damage caused by unwanted UV light rays better than other types of glass. Some Low-E glass panels may cause tinting, so you may want to request some samples from your glass company to take back home. This helps to ensure you are getting the most suitable type of glass for your home design.


Now that you have a little more knowledge on the types of glass out there, we hope that you will find the right one for your abode. With Kario Glass Pte Ltd, we cover a wide array of glass and structural solutions, providing services with our experienced glass-work consultants and a dedicated team of glass installation specialists. For your glass needs, contact us at 83889444/ 63167229 or email us at [email protected]

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