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Gray Glass

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Gray Glass

Gray glass offers a versatile solution for various architectural and modern design needs, whether the objective is neutral aesthetic, enhanced privacy, or advanced solar control. Its distinctive almost-black appearance not only harmonizes seamlessly with both exterior and interior environments but also serves as an effective tool for reducing solar heat gain and controlling glare. Gray glass is ideal for commercial and architectural applications such as windows, bathroom doors, shower enclosures, storefronts, atria, skylights, and glazing projects.

Customizable Options for Gray 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 gray 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 is gray glass?

Gray glass is a special type that gets its dark gray color and low reflectivity by adding cobalt oxide during manufacturing. This unique composition gives it a subtle grayish tint, making it suitable for both classic and modern designs. Once tempered, gray glass becomes more durable making it a favored choice for diverse applications in homes, offices, commercial settings, and various other contexts. Its ability to balance privacy and natural light makes it versatile, contributing not only to the overall design but also to improving solar control for a more comfortable and visually appealing space.

What are the benefits of gray glass?

Gray glass stands out as a suitable option for a wide array of applications. Its subtle color and modern look make it easy to pair with different exterior materials like stone, tile, steel, or metal plate, adding a nice touch to your surroundings. It also helps reduce glare which brings comfort and aesthetics to any living or working space. Whether sprucing up your home or adding a modern touch to commercial projects, gray glass offers practical and aesthetic benefits across various applications.

Sun Protection

Gray glass shields reflective glare and blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays, protecting both people and furnishings while adding a sleek, contemporary look to any space. Its sun protection benefits ensure a healthier environment for your family or employees, making it an essential addition to residential and commercial settings.

Increased Privacy

It offers enhanced privacy and adds a touch of sophistication to any space, whether it's an office, home, or commercial building. Its tinted appearance creates a calm and private atmosphere, making it difficult for outsiders to see in, helping to prevent potential break-ins. It's especially favored for bathroom showers, where privacy is a priority. 

Energy Efficient

Gray glass offers more than just aesthetic appeal; it contributes to energy efficiency by blocking heat, helping to regulate indoor temperatures. This lessens the need for extra heating, saving energy and lowering utility costs for heating and cooling systems. That's why it's a top pick for glazing in commercial buildings.

What are the disadvantages of gray glass?

While this glass type has its perks, like reducing glare and controlling heat, it also brings some downsides and limitations, making them something to think twice about, especially in certain situations.

Cost

Gray tinted glass can come with a higher price tag due to the complexity of its manufacturing process, making it more expensive than standard glass. This added cost might not sit well with those on a tight budget. So, weighing whether the benefits justify the higher price tag is important before choosing this type of glass for your project.

Translucency

The gray color of the glass reduces transparency, making it difficult to see through clearly from both inside and outside. Despite its modern aesthetic appeal, this reduced translucency might not be suitable for situations where a clear view is required. It's important to choose the right darkness level for gray tinted glass, as it varies in strength among different suppliers.

Little light in

While its ability to limit light and glare can be beneficial in modern architecture, it can be a downside too. Its limitation of natural light can lead to reduced visibility and insufficient sunlight for Vitamin D production, which may impact mood and well-being. This can darken interiors, increase reliance on artificial lighting, and distort color perception, especially in dim or low-light conditions.

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What is gray glass used for?

Tinted gray glass serves as a versatile and stylish solution that finds its application in various spaces. Widely used for bathroom showers for its modern aesthetic, it extends its use beyond — it's an excellent choice for partitions in commercial spaces, offices, large facilities, curtain walls, and glass glazing for buildings. Its adaptability shines through in storefronts, where it enhances aesthetics while providing privacy. Gray glass is also favored for Atria and skylights, offering solar protection and a sophisticated appearance. Even within interior design, this type of glass is widely used for its ability to add a touch of elegance to any space, ensuring both form and function are seamlessly integrated. 

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What is the difference between tinted and clear glass?

Clear glass allows ample natural light to brighten your home, creating a luminous and spacious feel. It offers clarity making it suitable for applications that require unobstructed view and transparency. In contrast, tinted glass significantly reduces light transmission and glare, which can lend a more subdued ambiance to interior spaces. While clear glass provides an unobstructed view, tinted glass adds a layer of translucency, offering a degree of privacy while still allowing some light to filter through. Learn more about clear glass in our detailed blog.

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What is the difference between laminated glass and gray glass?

The primary distinction between these 2 glass types lies in their composition and behavior upon breakage. Tinted glass undergoes a float process with added cobalt oxide, resulting in a variety of colors such as bronze, blue, green, or gray. On the other hand, laminated glass features an interlayer of PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral) or EVA (Polyethylene Acetate), creating a sandwich-like structure with two glass panes. While laminated glass may crack under high pressure, the shards remain adhered to the plastic interlayer, providing a degree of structural integrity even when shattered. Unlike laminated glass, normal gray glass shatters into sharp shards upon breakage. Gray glass is easy to maintain and clean, while laminated glass may require extra care due to its susceptibility to scratches. To learn more about laminated glass, visit our blog at the link below.

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What is the difference between gray glass and reflective glass?

Reflective glass is transparent on one side, offering a clear view while shielding the interior from external UV rays. This glass variant is annealed and features a metallic coating that reflects light externally, optimizing natural lighting on sunny days and reflecting external heat. Not only does this enhance energy efficiency by allowing more natural light in but also contributes to temperature control. On the other hand, while gray glass is effective in blocking sunlight during summer, it is less transparent and darkens the interior view. This leads to colder interiors in winter by reducing natural heat. The choice between reflective and gray glass ultimately depends on whether one prioritizes an energy-efficient material with a clear view or a suitable solution for privacy.

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What is the use of gray glass in buildings?

Gray glass in building construction serves a dual purpose — offering a sleek, modern aesthetic and effective solar control. It effortlessly blends with exterior design while controlling solar heat and glare, making it perfect for spaces needing a balance of aesthetics and practicality. It also provides a practical solution for adding privacy without compromising natural light, striking a harmonious balance between openness and seclusion.  By minimizing heat gain, this type of glass helps reduce air conditioning costs, promoting both economic and environmental benefits. Gray glass also acts as a protective barrier against harmful UV radiation, promoting the well-being of occupants by mitigating potential health risks associated with prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays.

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