Glass Types

Laminated Glass

Laminated Glass is a safety glass that has two or more panes of glass bonded together by a durable plastic interlayer. This enables the glass to strongly resist penetration from impacting objects. In the event of it breaking the glass is held in place by the interlayer and remains within the frame. Furthermore, the risk of injury is dramatically reduced as no sharp edges or glass particles are exposed in the event of a breakage.

Other advantages of laminated glass are that is has increased acoustic dampening properties compared to toughened glass, furthermore when the interlayer is 0.08mm or greater it reduces the effect of UV radiation through the glass by 98%.

We stock a variety of laminated glass at our purpose built factory in Poole, we also provide a stock sheet split at no extra cost; alternatively we can cut to size. Laminates available are clear, acoustics, low – e and anti-bandit, all are made in a range of thickness to generate different specifications. If you require information on a glass or unit specification please do not hesitate to contact Chris.

Acoustic Laminate

Acoustic glass is made in exactly the same way as standard laminated glass however using a thick interlayer can dramatically reduce the transmittance of noise through the glass pane. The make up of the glass unit will also have an affect of the acoustic performance of the glass.

Low-E Laminate

Low-E laminated glass (Low emissivity) laminates are microscopically thin metal layers that are deposited on a window surface to help keep heat on the same side of the glass from which it originated. There are numerous varieties of coated glass dependent on the requirement needed. The purpose of the Low – E glass is to find the proper balance between capturing and reflecting solar heat.

Anti-Bandit Glass

Anti-Bandit Glass is a multi laminated glass which is used to keep intruders out or criminals detained. It is designed to withstand prolonged, intentional impact or assault. Anti-Bandit glass withstands forced entries or rigorous attacks. We stock anti-bandit glass in 11.5mm.

Greenhouse Glass

Greenhouse glass or horticultural glass is 3mm in thickness and generally used for greenhouses, garden sheds and sometimes glass cabinets. Stock sizes available are 610mm x 610mm (24’’ x 24’’) 610mm x 457mm (24’’ x 18’’) 1422mm x 730mm (56’’ x 28.75’’) We can cut the glass to size for you while you wait. Alternatively, ring us to order over the phone and collect it when it suits you best.

Fire Glass

All of our fire glass is supplied by AGC Glass Europe. They offer a complete range of fire resistant glass, tested and approved according to European and national norms, that provide a unique combination of light, transparency and fire protection, for all building applications, framing types, fire resistance classes and durations.

We stock and supply both Pyrobelite and Pyrobel fire glass products, all of which can be cut to size for your requirements.

Pyrobelite is a laminated glass assembled with one clear intumescent interlayer. In the event of fire, the interlayer expands at around 120 ˚C and transforms into a rigid and opaque fire shield, which enables the glazing to meet the integrity criterion of BS 476: Part 22: 1987 and to keep the heat radiation to a very low and safe level.

Pyrobel is a multi-laminated glass assembled with clear intumescent interlayers. In the event of fire, these interlayers expand at around 120 °C and transform into a rigid and opaque fire shield, which enables the glazing to meet the integrity and insulation criteria, according to BS 476: Part 22: 1987

Available fire glass:

  • 7mm Pyrobelite – 30 minutes integrity/ Low radiation Glass
  • 12mm Pyrobelite – 60 minutes integrity/ Low radiation Glass
  • 16mm Pyrobel – 60 minutes integrity/ 30 minutes insulation
  • 25mm Pyrobel – 60 minutes integrity/60 minutes insulation

We can also provide you with the technical data and glazing applications and certifications should you require them.

Low Iron Glass

Low iron Glass is manufactured with reduced iron content producing a much clearer glass. Reducing the iron content in the glass increases light transmission and reduces the green tinted edges that appear in float glass. The result of reduced iron glass is a much clearer, white appearing glass. Low iron glass is predominantly used for splashbacks as it gives a true representation of the colour chosen. We would also advise low iron glass for tabletops and shelving as the glass and the edges appear much clearer than a regular float. Low iron glass is available in thicknesses from 4mm to 15mm.

Clear Glass (Float Glass)

Float Glass is the most commonly used glass and the most widely produced. It has a high light transmission and is optically clear. Its common use is due to its high visibility and clarity. Clear glass is available in various thicknesses and Dorset Glass stock float glass in thicknesses from 2mm to 12mm.

Leaded Glass

The many colours and designs that can be produced means leading is a creative option for windows, doors and cabinets, in both interior and exterior locations. The malleability property of the self-adhesive lead makes it possible for beautiful and intricate designs to be produced.

We currently use two types of lead: Natural and Antique. Natural lead has no coating and will oxidise over time. This results in the weathered look of traditional old leaded windows. The Antique lead however is coated so they are weather resistant and will retain their appearance for many years. We offer these leads in both oval and flat, in 6mm, 9mm, 12mm and 15mm and on request.

Bevelled Glass and Mirrors

We offer a wide range of bevelled designs which are both intricate and elegant. The complex and striking designs are available in clear, green, blue, bronze and grey tints.

Picture Glass

Picture glass is 2mm thick and stocked in sizes 920mm x 1220mm. It is available in a standard form or as a non-reflective product. We also offer a cut to size service on picture glass.

 Patterned Glass

There are many patterned glass types available. Patterned glass is a great way to add another dimension to your window or door. If you require an obscured view then patterned glass is the most suitable element to add to your double glazed unit.

If you need a piece of patterned glass to replace and match an existing piece we can also provide it cut to size or supplied and fitted if required. Please see the list of all patterned, tinted and wired glass available below.

Pilkington Patterns:

  • Arctic,
  • Autumn,
  • Chantilly,
  • Charcoal Sticks,
  • Contoura,
  • Cotswold,
  • Digital,
  • Everglade,
  • Flemish,
  • Florielle,
  • Mayflower,
  • Minster,
  • Oak,
  • Pelerine,
  • Stippolyte,
  • Sycamore
  • and Taffeta.

Barron Range:

  • Victorian,
  • Gothic clear,
  • Gothic Bronze,
  • Gothic Green,
  • Gothic blue,
  • Fleur,
  • Double Fleur,
  • Fleur de lys,
  • Amber fleur de lys,
  • Empress,
  • Trellis
  • and Star.

Tinted Glass:

  • Grey,
  • Bronze,
  • Satin,
  • White Laminate,
  • Wired Glass,
  • Georgian wired polished plate
  • and Georgian wired cast.

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