There is more to glass than meets the eye! When you look at glass, you would not even be able to imagine the kind of uses it can offer. On the face of it, glass is a building material that is invariably found in homes, offices and almost all buildings. But beyond its obvious application as a construction material, glass offers several aesthetic and functional advantages. Here are 10 things that you should know about glass:
1. Glass helps cut down heat
To help cut down the heat transmission into your building, go for reflective glass. This kind of glass has a special type of coating on its surface that helps reflect heat. It reduces the heat ingress into the building and also maintains a comfortable temperature inside. Therefore, no matter how hot it is outside, you will not face the heat!
2. Glass can change its tint with the click of a button
Electrochromic glass is a type of glass that can dynamically change its tint. What? Nothing complicated, just smart glass made simple! Yes, glass can change tint in response to the sun, ensuring unobstructed view of the surroundings, while enhancing occupant comfort. This means, you can forever bid goodbye to those blinds and curtains, sit back and enjoy the glorious outdoors, inside.
3. Glass can offer acoustics
Only that you need to choose the right type of glass! Laminated glass can offer noise reduction of up to 52dB. So, glass not only allows you privacy, but also let you control the sound. With sound-proof glass, you can relax in the confines of your comfort zone without noisy neighbours bothering you.
4. Glass can save your electricity bills
Even while glass restricts the amount of heat that enters the building, it ensures ample amount of light to be allowed inside. So, what happens is that you will be able to curtail the use of artificial lighting. At the same time, because the heat is reflected, the temperature inside is kept at an optimum level. This ensures the reduction in the use of air-conditioning. With both artificial lighting and air-conditioning kept at bay, savings in energy bills is just the result you needed!
5. Glass can protect you
Safety is perhaps one attribute that one might not associate with glass. But this seemingly delicate material can actually be formidable. How? Fire-rated glass which is manufactured using special techniques, has the ability to protect the occupants of a building from fire. Then there is high-security glass which offers resistance to blasts and bullets. There is even the advanced multi-functional glass that combats the combined threats of fire and physical attacks, thereby ensuring safety of the highest order.
6. Glass is stronger than it seems to be
Toughened or tempered glass is 4 times stronger than normal annealed glass. This makes it suitable for use in high rise buildings where the wind load on the building is more. Though not unbreakable, laminated glass has the property of not breaking, but rather only being shattered. Even then, the shards do not scatter but hold on together because of the interlayer in the glass.
7. Glass can be used for diverse interior applications
Because of its sheer aesthetic appeal and utility benefits, Lacquered Glass is widely preferred in interior design; It can be used in toughened as well as annealed form. It has uses like wall panels, wardrobes, kitchen shutters, countertops, splashbacks, table tops, partitions, writing boards and a host of other applications that defy imagination!
8. Glass can be switched from transparent to translucent mode
Now you see, now you don't - that's privacy glass for you. This glass lets you switch from a state of transparence to translucence – in just the flicker for a switch. So, in just one single glass, you get the luxury of choosing whichever mode you desire, without having to select different glass for different needs.
9. Lesser the iron content, clearer the glass
Clarity is definitely on top of the priority list when you are choosing glass. To check, here is a simple test. The presence of iron in the raw materials impart a greenish tint to glass. The lesser the greenish tint, the higher will be its clarity and purity. Therefore, glass with lower iron content will be clearer and purer.
10. Glass is a recyclable material
Glass is 100% recyclable. Recycled glass (called cullet), can be used for manufacture of glass. In fact, glass contributes to water conversation as its manufacturing entails the use of very minimal water. When you use this eco-friendly material in your living/working space, it also enables you to do your bit to environmental sustainability. How simple and effective, isn't it?!