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What is clear glass?

Also known as annealed, heavy, or plate glass, is transparent in nature with a slight green or blue tint due to the iron impurities in the sand used during manufacturing. The clear and see-through quality makes it suitable for windows, doors, mirrors, and furniture like tables and shelves at home. It can also be used for kitchen splashbacks, glass dining tables, shower screens, wardrobe doors, mirrors, and DIY glass sheet projects. 
When it comes to commercial places, it is what you often find in windows and doors. This kind of glass is so commonly used because of its clarity which allows natural light to pass through, allowing a wide variety of applications.

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Customizable Options for Clear Glass

It’s quite simple. Choose a shape, enter your measurements, select your favorite glass tint, thickness, strength, edge style, etc., and check out your custom-designed clear glass.

Shape

Choose from 6 different shapes for your project.

Dimensions

We custom fabricate to the exact measurements provided by you or your dxf file.

Thickness

Choose to your preference. We offer glass thicknesses from 3/16”, 1/4", 3/8”, 1/2”, all the way to 3/4”.

Types/Tints

Choose from 7 different glass tints/types to match your home decor.

Edge Style

Choose between a flat, beveled, or pencil polished edge on your glass purchase!

Corner Finish

You can choose eased, radius polished, or clip polished corners for safety or design purposes.

Center Hole

We offer center hole sizes from 1”, 2” to 4” for your glass project.

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What are the applications of clear glass?

With a multitude of applications owing to its transparent and versatile nature, this type of glass makes an ideal material for windows, glass tables, lenses, and mirrors, where transparency is essential. Frequently used for round glass tables, adding an elegant touch and enhancing the visual appeal with the transparency of the glass. It also offers insulation properties and can be recycled without compromising quality, making it an environmentally friendly option. 
The cost-effectiveness and adaptability of this type of glass contribute to its popularity in both commercial and residential projects. In homes, it is commonly utilized for windows, doors, mirrors, and furniture like tables and shelves. The versatility extends to various applications such as partitions, staircases, balustrades, balconies, and shower cubicles in both residential and commercial settings.

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What is the thickness of clear glass?

Choosing the right glass thickness is key for various projects, and it depends on the specific applications and purposes. 

  • 3/32" (2.4 mm) For picture frames and small insulated glass units, although it can't be tempered. 
  • 1/8" (3.2 mm) For small cabinet door panels, insulated units, and coffee table glass
  • 3/16" (4.8 mm) Picture frame, living room table tops, and door lites.
  • 1/4" (6.4 mm) Larger cabinet door panels, shelves, and framed shower doors.
  • 3/8" (9.5 mm) Glass partitions, panels, dining room glass table tops, and larger projects.
  • 1/2" (12.7 mm) Larger applications like countertops and glass walls.
  • 3/4" (19.1 mm) or 1" (25.4 mm) For extensive projects such as glass floors, railings, or mall fronts.

Ultimately, the choice of glass thickness is determined by the specific needs and applications of each project, ensuring both functionality and aesthetic considerations are met.

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Standard Clear Glass vs. Low-Iron Glass

When comparing annealed glass with low-iron glass, the big difference is how much clearer the latter is. Low-iron glass is great for things like frameless glass walls, display cases, and small space partitions because of its superior transparency. Annealed glass tends to have a bit of a blue-green tint due to more iron content, which is a downside if you're aiming for clarity and aesthetics. The tint can make thicker pieces look almost black at the edges.
On the flip side, low-iron glass has almost no tint, giving you a clean slate for color-matching and a more appealing look. It also has better light transmission than an annealed glass sheet, making it ideal for applications where a clear view is essential. Just keep in mind that the light transmission isn't perfect in low-iron glass, especially in thicker cuts, but it still outshines regular glass in this department. All in all, low-iron glass brings more clarity and brightness to the table, making it the top pick for situations where an unobstructed view matters.

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What is the difference between tinted and clear glass?

Tinted glass is designed to reduce the amount of light transmitted and absorb solar energy, leading to heat absorption. While this can help reduce glare and sunlight entering a room, it may also result in thermal stress, potentially causing breakage if the glass is not tempered. Tinted glass is great for rooms with direct sunlight, contributing to reduced solar heat, lower energy bills, and increased energy efficiency. On the other hand, clear annealed glass is preferred when maximum clarity is desired. It's important to note that laminated and toughened varieties offer enhanced strength compared to tinted float or annealed glass. Although tinted glass is generally more expensive, its ability to reduce heat transmission makes it a valuable choice for those looking to enhance both comfort and energy efficiency in their living spaces. To know more about tinted glass, visit our blog in this link.

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What is the importance of clear glass?

Annealed glass is a crucial material in homes and industries, offering versatility and aesthetic appeal. In home settings, it finds versatile applications, enhancing living rooms with its use in coffee tables and glass dining tables. Its transparent nature allows for an abundance of natural light, contributing to well-lit and inviting atmospheres. In industrial applications, glass sheets are often utilized for safety shields, windows, railings, doorways, and skylights, ensuring visibility without compromising safety protocols.

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What are the cons of clear glass?

Traditional glass has its downsides, mainly showing a slightly hazy and faint tint of green-blue even in ideal conditions. Thicker pieces might have stronger color concentration at the edges, and the chemical composition limits how light penetrates. A significant disadvantage though, is that it doesn't block UV light as effectively as Low E glass does, impacting both clarity and privacy since it allows more external visibility into spaces.

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