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Terms for Glass Manufacturing Techniques
Glass blocks or glass bricks are used in architectural situations that require natural light to filter into a space. Glass blocks can be used for full walls, partitions and windows. Glass adds an interesting and elegant aesthetic element to a space and can come in a variety of textures and colors. Here are a few terms for different types of glass and manufacturing techniques:

Safety Glass: Glass that has been treated or laid with additional materials to prevent shattering or splintering. Techniques for producing safety glass include tempering, laminating and wiring. Tempering involves heating glass in a furnace and then cooling it rapidly. Laminated glass is glass that is held together by a layer of polyvinyl butyral, which causes glass to remain in one unit even when broken. Wired glass has layers of wire laid between the glass layers, usually in a criss-cross fashion.

Cast Glass: Glass that has been liquefied, poured into a mold and then cooled, resulting in the glass solidifying into the shape of the mold.

Crown Glass: A type of blown window glass. The glass is blown, flattened into a disc and cut into the required shape. The piece of glass is then fitted into lattice work.

Cylinder Glass: A type of blown glass that is blown into a cylinder iron mold. This technique results in higher quality, larger glass panes.

Polished Plate Glass: Hand blown glass that has been cast onto a table, and then ground and polished by hand. This technique is extremely expensive, and although done in the 19th century it has since been replaced by machine manufactured glass.

Float Glass: A glass sheet produced by floating liquid glass on top of molten tin or lead, thereby giving the glass a uniform thickness.

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Glass blocks, usually thicker than standard windows, provide an additional measure of safety and privacy, which is great for bathroom shower stalls. Architectural glass is thinner and more for show. In addition to a decorative design effect, block and architectural glass give the illusion of more space due to the amount of light cast. Professionals such as contractors and interior designers can explain this to clients before beginning any building or remodeling project.

Contractors may also provide free quotes to consumers as to how much their architectural and glass block custom or standard installation project will cost them. Manufacturers offer varied services, too, including custom design, free estimates, and product sales, on various types of glass, such as frameless, tempered, stained, laminated, and reinforced. Customers can hire skilled technicians to perform installation and repair of glass block structural elements for walls, windows, and doors. They can also book consultations with glass block installation experts and designers, who can offer insight into design ideas. They should have expert knowledge of which types of glass work in a particular space, such as cabinets, walls, windows, doors, and even floors.

Glass and architectural block providers should stand behind their products and offer warranties. Their technicians should have many years of experience in the business, with excellent safety and installation history. Quick, efficient installation of etched, colored, beveled, and clear blocks is key. Companies in this industry should also boast a variety of colors and shapes to choose from, such as tempered, curved, and cubed. Customers can find assistance online or in a store setting to get the support they need.