Glass is naturally transparent and clear glass is what you’d typically expect to find in your home. Did you know that there are many other finishes available though? Different types of glass can be used for better insulation, privacy, and protection.

In this article we’re going to look at what glass finishes are, the different types available, and why you might want to use them.

What are glass finishes?

A finish is the surface style of glass. You may be familiar with two categories – clear glass and privacy glass. You might want to have a style of privacy glass in areas of your home such as your front door or bathroom. This could mean it is frosted, patterned, or even tinted glass.

Whatever finish you have, natural light will still shine through.

Methods of creating glass finishes

When glass has a finish to it, it has been treated to make it less transparent. There are several ways that this can be done:

  • Sandblasting – With sandblasting, the surface of the glass is, as you may expect by the name, blasted with sand at high speed. This method scratches the glass and as a result the glass is less transparent.
  • Acid etching – Acid etching glass means that the glass is treated with hydrofluoric acid. This is corrosive and gives the glass a smooth frosted look.
  • Films – A film is the easiest way to alter the look of your windows and doors. A self-adhesive film is applied to the glass pane. The great thing about films is that they are not permanent, so can be changed as often as you like.

Types of glass finishes

Tempered glass

Stronger than standard glass, tempered glass is commonly used in front door glass. If broken, it is designed to shatter into small pieces without jagged edges. Making it a safer option for glass doors.

Frosted glass

Frosted glass is just that – glass that appears to have a frosted look. This finish can be applied to the while panel or just part of it and is a great way to add more privacy.

Satin glass

Satin glass is similar to frosted glass, only it is smoother and less shiny, and is another good way to create privacy.

Textured glass

Textured glass is any glass that has an embossed design or is bubbled.

Expert help and advice

As a homeowner, it can be helpful to talk to a windows expert and we’re here to offer our expertise. Our highly-skilled team can talk through your needs and advise you on the best option for your home.

We hope that you’ve found this article useful. Contact us today with any questions, or to arrange a consultation.