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float glass

It consists of a sheet of glass made by floating molten glass on a layer of molten tin. This method gives the glass a uniform thickness and a very flat surface, making it the most widely used glass in construction. It is also called flat glass, however not all flat glass is glass manufactured using the floatation system.

Characteristics of float glass:

  • Flat surfaces

  • High light transmission

  • optical clarity

  • Can be tempered or laminated for safety glass

  • Can be silvered to make mirrors

  • Suitable for screen printing, acid treatments and decoration with ceramic materials.

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Tempered glass

It is a kind of safety glass, processed by thermal or chemical treatments, to increase its resistance compared to normal glass. This is accomplished by putting the outer surfaces in compression and the inner surfaces in tension.

To make thermally tempered glass, float glass is gradually heated to a softening temperature of between 575 and 635 degrees Celsius and then cooled very rapidly with air. In this way, the glass is exposed to compressive stresses on its surface and to tensile stresses on the inside, giving it greater structural and impact resistance than untreated glass, with the additional advantage that in the event of breakage it shatters into small pieces instead of splintering into large jagged shards. The granular pieces are less likely to cause injury, which is why it is considered one of the types of safety glass. 

All manufactures, whether they are dimension cuts, edging or drilling, must be carried out prior to tempering. If carried out later, it would cause the glass to break.

This type of glass has different applications, both in the automotive industry and in the construction industry, the latter being our unique approach, the areas of architectural application among many others, can be facades, bathroom partitions, main access doors, etc.

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