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Frosted Glass

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Frosted Glass

Crafted through sandblasting or acid etching on annealed glass, frosted glass boasts a unique semi-opaque, milky-white appearance, distinguishing it from standard glass. This creates a distinctive frost-like effect making it a sought-after choice for those desiring privacy without sacrificing natural light. Its versatility shines through making it popular in applications such as bathroom shower enclosures and glass doors. Frosted glass offers an elegant solution that seamlessly balances ample natural light with essential privacy while maintaining a modern aesthetic

Customizable Options for Frosted 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 frosted 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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Opaque Glass For All Interior Decorative Needs

Opaque glass is an umbrella term for the types of glass that allow light to filter through while providing a blurred view. It offers an ideal solution for enhancing privacy, style, and aesthetic appeal throughout your home. It's also a great way to bring light into the room — whether used for windows, glass doors, or interior walls. With its diverse range of colors, textures, and designs, discover the perfect option to add privacy and complement your interior décor. While frosted glass is opaque glass, it's important to note that not all opaque glass is frosted, as there are various other varieties available.

Custom Frosted Glass Applications

Frosted Glass Door

Frosted glass doors strike the ideal balance between privacy and natural light, making them great for dividing spaces while maintaining a well-lit ambiance. Their obscured design delicately diffuses light, ensuring illumination without sacrificing discretion. Perfect to use as a bathroom, bedroom, and office door. Its obscuring effect makes it a favored option to use in the kitchen for cabinet doors and pantry doors. 

Frosted Glass Windows

Frosted glass is a popular choice for windows, often used as a decorative panel or infill. Beyond its looks, it helps regulate indoor temperature and lower electricity usage, making it a durable practical, and easy-to-maintain option for glass interiors. Its frosted texture helps add privacy without sacrificing natural light, making it ideal for spaces where both are valued. 

Frosted Glass Table Top

Frosted glass table tops are incredibly versatile in interior design, serving as replacements or tops for side tables, coffee tables, dining tables, or office desks. This glass can be customized to meet specific design requirements, perfect for elevating any dining or outdoor space with a luxurious feel. They're easy to maintain and can easily blend in to any design setting — whether it's a cozy kitchen nook or a stylish patio arrangement. 

Frosted Glass Railings

Frosted glass railings offer privacy and sound-dampening properties, making it a favored choice for busy environments like restaurants, malls, and hospitals. Their elegant yet robust design makes them perfect for commercial projects, providing both safety and style. In modern architecture, frosted glass balustrades are a popular choice, adding a sleek, contemporary touch to interiors. Whether used for decks, stairs, or balconies, these railings not only ensure safety but also enhance the ambiance with their filtered light and creative design possibilities. With options for customization like patterned frosting, this glass type offers flexibility to meet specific design requirements. 

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How is frosted glass made?

This glass is produced by subjecting an annealed glass to a frosting process. Here at Dulles Glass, we use a sandblasting method wherein abrasive materials like sand are propelled at high speeds onto the surface layer through compressed air, creating a frosted look by scratching and texturing the glass. 

Another method used is acid etching— this process involves the application of hydrofluoric acid to annealed glass, resulting in a frosted appearance that adds a distinct textured surface to the glass. In the USA, sandblasting is the preferred method for achieving an opaque look, as it aligns better with sustainable practices. Both techniques contribute to production, offering a visually appealing and versatile finish for various applications.

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round frosted glass table

What is frosted glass used for?

Frosted glass is widely used for its versatility in different settings. It's perfect for bathroom settings, offering privacy while allowing light through. In kitchens, it's used for various purposes like table tops, pantry doors, and cabinet doors. Frosted glass is also used for office settings, providing both natural light and discretion for confidential meetings. Beyond these spaces, frosted glass finds its place in industrial applications such as decorative windows, cabinet doors, glass doors, and balustrades, proving its indispensable role in creating both functional and visually appealing environments.

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How can you tell if the glass is frosted?

To identify this type of glass, you can rely on both visual and tactile cues. Look closely at the surface; it typically exhibits a semi-opaque, milky-white appearance that sets it apart from regular transparent glass. When light passes through the glass, it creates a shadowy effect on objects behind it. This altered light transmission gives the glass a unique frost-like appearance. Another way to distinguish if the glass panel is frosted is to run your fingers over the glass – it often feels slightly rough due to the frosting process. By combining these observations, you can easily discern whether the glass is a frosted glass.

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Can you turn normal glass into frosted glass?

Turning a regular glass into frosted is easily achievable through multiple methods. Traditionally, glass frosting is the common technique, but opting for frosted window film is a more budget-friendly alternative. This DIY solution involves a straightforward application process – clean the glass, cut the film to size, and carefully adhere it, ensuring a bubble-free finish. This cost-effective approach offers convenience and flexibility, allowing you to modify your glass's appearance effortlessly.

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frosted glass for enhanced privacy

Can you see through frosted glass?

This privacy glass is intentionally designed to obscure the view, making it different from clear glass. While you can't see through it in the same way, it doesn't provide complete privacy. The obscuring feature ensures that it never becomes fully transparent. Keep in mind that the effectiveness can be influenced by factors such as lighting. A well-lit room may reduce its obscuring effect, potentially allowing more visibility. During nighttime, people outside might see more definition and color through the glass. While it offers a level of privacy, it is essential to be aware of its limitations in certain lighting conditions.

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rain patterned glass versus frosted glass

What is the difference between frosted and rain glass?

The primary distinction between these glass types lies in their appearance and functionality. While the frosted option achieves obscurity through the frosting process, rain glass features a small raindrop pattern cut into one side, offering a decorative alternative. Not only does rain glass resist dirt accumulation and conceal watermarks more effectively, but it also introduces a unique visual effect by distorting dimensions on the other side, making it a versatile choice for various bathroom styles.

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Thickness and Edgework

At Dulles Glass, we exclusively offer the 3/8" thickness for our textured variants, including rain and polar glass, providing a robust and durable option suitable for various applications. To preserve the unique texture and aesthetic charm, we use flat polish edgework over beveled or pencil polish. The other options tend to smooth out the texture and disrupt the distinctive design. This meticulous approach to edgework ensures both durability and aesthetic harmony in our textured glass products, offering customers visually striking and long-lasting solutions for their architectural and design needs. 

Helpful Resources for Frosted Glass

Help & Installation Videos

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From how to clean table tops to unique DIY projects for tables with glass tops. We have a collection of helpful tips for you!

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