Glass is heat-treated by heating annealed glass to a temperature of approximately 1,150ºF (621°C), then rapidly cooling it. The glass is cooled by a carefully controlled airflow (also known as quenching), which uniformly cools all glass surfaces simultaneously. High airflow rates produce tempered glass and much lower airflow rates produce heat-strengthened glass.
Tempered glass is used when the strength requirements exceed the capabilities of heat-strengthened glass, and for all safety glazing applications. Tempered glass is commonly used in sliding doors, storm doors, atriums, partitions, windows, storefronts, display cases, bath and shower enclosures and all-glass doors and entrances. Tempered glass should not be installed in areas where it is exposed to temperatures greater than approximately 400°F because it will begin to lose its degree of temper (reverting to annealed glass).
fully tempered glass is approximately four times stronger than annealed glass of the same thickness and configuration. When it is broken, tempered glass fractures into small fragments that reduce the probability of serious injury as compared to annealed glass. Tempered glass meets all safety glazing standards including the federal safety glazing standard, CPSC 16 CFR 1201. Because tempered glass fractures into many small pieces, it tends to vacate the opening, when broken, more than heat-strengthened and annealed glass does.
Insulating glass (IG), more commonly known as double glazing (or double-pane, and increasingly triple glazing/pane), consists of two or three glass window panes separated by a vacuum or gas filled space to reduce heat transfer across a part of the building envelope.
Insulating glass units (IGUs) are manufactured with glass in range of thickness from 3 to 10 mm (1/8" to 3/8") or more in special applications. Laminated or tempered glass may also be used as part of the construction. Most units are produced with the same thickness of glass used on both panes but special applications such as acoustic attenuation or security may require wide ranges of thicknesses to be incorporated in the same unit.
The life of an IGU varies depending on the quality of materials used, size of gap between inner and outer pane, temperature differences, workmanship and location of installation both in terms of facing direction and geographic location, as well as the treatment the unit receives. IG units typically last from 10 to 25 years, with windows facing the equator often lasting less than 12 years. IGUs typically carry a warranty for 10 to 20 years depending upon the manufacturer. If IGUs are altered (such as installation of a solar control film) the warranty may be voided by the manufacturer.
Low-Iron Interior Glass
Glass is one of the most popular and versatile building materials used today, due in part to its constantly improving solar and thermal performance. One way this performance is achieved is through the use of passive and solar control low-e coatings. So, what is low-e glass? In this section, we provide you with an in-depth overview of coatings.
For sparkling clarity and brilliant interior views, no other low iron glass delivers like Starphire Ultra-Clear™ The unique Starphire Ultra-Clear™ glass edge brings more light into interior spaces while offering unmatched levels of brightness, color fidelity, clarity and visual excitement.
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Retrofit Windows and Doors
Swapping old, low-performance windows with replacement windows can result in increased comfort, enhanced beauty and even add value to your home. If you are considering windows for a remodeling project or simply replacing existing windows, Santa Clara Glass Inc. delivers it all.
Custom Store Front
Custom Storefronts designs and fabricates storefront systems for national roll-out programs as well as individual or custom projects. Our full line of Glass and glazing will cover it all.
Smart Glass Panel
Smart glass or switchable glass is a glass or glazing whose light transmission properties are altered when voltage, light or heat is applied. Generally, the glass changes from translucent to transparent, changing from blocking some (or all) wavelengths of light to letting light pass through.
Now available in wet or dry glaze glass railing systems. Santa Clara Glass Inc. innovative glass railing solutions can be used for any stair, deck, pool, guardrail or other suitable application requiring a safety rail.
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