All You Need to Know about Architectural Glass

You see it around you probably almost every single day in practically every single place you go: it’s architectural glass. This is designed to fit buildings of all kinds, be they offices, schools, churches, restaurants, company headquarters, and even homes. This glass is versatile in both design and function, and commercial and residential customers may be interested in it at one time or another.

Those who are considering architectural glass for their next remodeling project should contact CBD Glass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This glass designing and manufacturing company can design customized glass items of almost any kind, including architectural glass. Customers are involved in the design process from start to finish for one-of-a-kind results. Here is everything you need to know about architectural glass.


While it’s simple to drop a drinking glass or put a hole through a glass window, architectural glass is reinforced so it’s not easily breakable. This glass is more than just for show but is often part of the base of the building itself. Without it, the structural integrity of the building is at risk. Therefore, when a customer orders architectural glass for their commercial or residential project from CBD, they can be sure the finished product will last for years.

How is this glass so sturdy, you may ask? Typically, manufacturers use different finishes to give it that hardy appeal. Chemicals or a thermal spray may be used. While architectural glass can break, these finishes make it much more difficult for that to happen. Some of these finishes make the glass shatter-proof, so at least if it does break, it doesn’t spray into a thousand miniscule pieces. Other finishes may even be bulletproof, which is perfect for commercial customers who own their own business.

Finished Architectural Project
Finished Architectural Project

There are five types of architectural glass, all of which will be explained:

  • Tempered glass — Many cars and other vehicles are fitted with this durable, less breakable type of glass. It too many include various finishes to make it more likely to endure an accident.
  • Float glass — This glass is a combination of heated alloys and metal tin. The result is some of the most translucent glass you can find.
  • Rolled plate glass — Named such because of the rollers used to make it, rolled plate glass typically has vivid patterns and shapes. Most churches tend to favor this type of glass, but it’d also be right at home in an art museum.
  • Stained glass — Another type of glass you can see in churches and museums is stained glass. This type of glass is colorful and often combines pieces to make a picture.
  • Crown glass — Those who don’t want translucent glass will be interested in crown glass, which is textured. This type of glass dates back ages ago and requires a pipe to get those textured designs just right.

Those who are interested in ordering architectural glass of any kind should contact us at CBD Glass today. If you send along a blueprint or a room drawing, we can get you a quote.

Sources: http://www.wisegeek.net/what-is-architectural-glass.htm