Patterned Glass Architectural glass that can be tempered

Patterned Glass: Architectural glass that can be tempered!

In modern architecture, glass is an essential material as it provides flexibility and aesthetics to the structure. Glass is a versatile material which is used in building industry since ancient times. Glass is more sustainable material as compared to concrete, as it does not emits carbon dioxide in the air. Nowadays, glass is widely used in facades of steel framed structures.

Glass is also used to enhance the aesthetics of a structure. Patterned glass is one type of decorative glass, which has patterns and textures printed on it. It is widely used as an architectural glass. Here we have given brief information on patterned glass, its features, and applications.

Characteristics & Properties of Glass as Building Material
Glass Making
Patterned glass also called as textured glass, figured glass, and obscure glass is a decorative glass with patterns imprinted on one face of the glass. The light when passing through patterned glass diffuses due to the presence of patterns. As a result of this, we cannot see through a patterned or textured glass. It offers a translucent surface and hence provides privacy.

The pattern or texture is imprinted on a glass by passing molten glass on the rollers which have a negative impression of the pattern. After passing through rollers, the glass is cooled in annealing lehr, and then the patterned glass is cut according to the requirements. Textured glass is available in a variety of designs and patterns. Tinted patterned glasses are also available which impart colourful aesthetics when used.

Size and Thickness:
Patterned glass is generally available in thickness of 2.5 mm and 12 mm. (Not all patterns are suitable for every thickness, special specifications can be produced according to the required quantity.) The standard size of the glass sheet is 2440 mm X 1830 mm.

Features of Patterned Glass:
1) Rich and colorful pattern designs provide unique decorative results: or obscure and quiet, or sparkling and lively, or serious and elegant, or bold and generous…
2) Tangible stereoscopic patterns will never fade.
3) Figured glass can be cut, ground, drilled, tempered, laminated and printed, etc.

It gives a feeling of more space in smaller areas, by diffusing and spreading light.
Textured glass creates a relaxed environment by diffusing sunlight. It suits with almost all styles of interior designs.
Different patterns provide a different level of obscuration (transparency). If more privacy is required, we can select pattern which gives opaque surface.
It can be combined with wired glass and used where privacy, as well as fire resistant property, is required.

Patterned glass can be laminated or tempered for application as safety glass.
It can also be used in insulated glass units to provide privacy in commercial structures.
Different Types of Glass Treatments

It is typically used where privacy is required simultaneously with natural light.
The products are suitable for all kinds of public and personal places, such as office, conference room, hotel, hospital, playground, gym, bathroom, etc.Products are also widely used as blind window, table top, home appliances, bathroom and lighting materials.

Patterned glass is extensively used in glass partitions in homes as well as in corporate offices to maintain the confidentiality.
When combined with frosted glass, patterned glass is used in shower cubicles in bathrooms and also in balustrades.
It is also used in glass furniture and patio furniture.
Textured glass is used in commercial glazing, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, entertainment centres, etc.

Patterned glass offers ambience to any interior design style and is the most widely used decorative glass. It has wide application in interior partitions.