Glass: What You Need To Know

What are the benefits of having glass in your building? Glass allows occupants to see outside, letting in natural sunlight and providing a connection to the outdoors. This is known to improve people’s mood and enhance moral, both in the home and the workplace. The use of glass in architecture is also aesthetically pleasing and allows for creativity of design. It was not until the mid-20th century that structurally sound large glass panels could be mass produced, giving buildings that utilize this technology a modern feel.

What is glass? Glass is a hard, brittle, non-crystalline, often transparent substance. It has widespread practical, technological, and decorative use, and can form naturally (such as volcanic glass) or be manufactured. The most familiar, and historically the oldest, types of mass-produced glass are silicate glasses; silica is the primary constituent of sand. Soda–lime glass, containing around 70% silica, accounts for around 90% of manufactured glass.

What is Florida’s Turtle Code? Glass in some areas of Florida must follow sea turtle lighting ordinances that restrict the amount of light allowed through doors or windows; this ensures coastal construction and artificial lighting does not confuse turtle hatchlings traveling to the water by the light of the moon. Euro-Wall’s glass can be adapted to Turtle Code for residents of Florida’s coast.

What types of glass does Euro-Wall offer? We have an array of glass options available for order. Our most commonly requested types are Insulated, Insulated Impact, Mono Impact, Laminated, and Tempered glass; popular tints and coatings include Privacy Glass, Energy Advantage, Solarban, and Low-E. Our interior glass thickness ranges from ¼” to 1″, with exterior options ranging from ⁹⁄₁₆” to 1¼” thick. Besides the traditional crystal clear glass, we have a multitude of color options including grays, greens, blues, and bronzes. To learn more about how Euro-Wall’s glass can enhance your next project, contact our experts.