What are the benefits of reflective glass

The ultimate guide to reflective glass

Glass is an integral material for almost all building projects. The architects use glass extensively in construction to make the structure sustainable. Due to technological advances, various processes are now being carried out on glass to make it more flexible. Commercial and company buildings nowadays have glass facades to enhance their aesthetics.

Sometimes corporate buildings require privacy in order to maintain work confidentiality, which in the case of ordinary glass, i. H. Floating glass. For such purposes, reflective glass is used in facades. Reflective glass is a processed glass that reflects more light and provides a mirror-like surface. Here we have provided brief information about reflective glass, its advantages, disadvantages and uses that homeowners should know before buying glass for their home.

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Reflective glass, also called mirror glass, gives the glass a mirror-like appearance. It reflects more natural light and thus prevents visibility from one side and offers privacy. Mirror glass also blocks solar heat coming from outside and thus helps to reduce air conditioning costs.

The float glass panes are washed thoroughly before processing to remove dust and dirt from the surface. The panels are then coated with a metal oxide layer on one surface of the glass. In general, the coating is carried out with oxides of silver, aluminum, gold, chromium, etc. The intensity of the coating can be changed according to the requirement to obtain optimal reflection and light transmission properties. So it never gives a mirror-like finish.

Available size and thickness:

Reflective glass is available in thicknesses from 3mm to 12mm. The standard size of the available glass plates is 250mm × 250mm and the maximum size is 3210mm × 2250mm. Custom designs are available upon request.

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The advantages and disadvantages of reflective glass are as follows:

Benefits of reflective glass:

  • Because reflective glass reflects reflected daylight, it provides privacy in commercial structures, eliminating the need and expense of blinds or shades.
  • Since only the outer surface is coated, people can see through the other side during the day like normal glass. The light glare is also reduced and thus offers a comfortable view from the inside.
  • In addition to the light, the reflective glass also blocks the sun's heat to a certain extent, thus preventing unnecessary heat build-up in the structure. This helps to save energy and reduces the cost of air conditioning.
  • Reflective glass offers flexibility in design and enhances the architectural view of the structure. Mirror glass is used in the glass facades of many high-rise buildings to provide amazing views.
  • It can be combined with tinted glass, ceramic printed glass, patterned glass on one side to also increase the aesthetics of the interior.
  • Reflective glass can easily be cut, tempered, laminated and incorporated into an insulating glass unit.

Disadvantages of reflective glass:

  • Visible light transmission is lower than that of float glass, which is why artificial light must be used in some buildings that require more light.
  • In winter it can block the necessary solar heat. Therefore, it will be more necessary to heat the room, which can lead to an increase in electricity bills. Reflective glass windows are not an economical option in colder climates.

Application / use:

  • Mirror glass or mirror is a type of reflective glass that is widely used in interior design. It is widely used in bathrooms, wardrobes, living rooms, etc.
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  • Reflective glass is most commonly used in glass facades of offices, commercial buildings, and industrial buildings.
  • It is used in glass parapets, overhead and sloping glazing, entrance doors, shop fronts, etc.
  • Reflective glass is an ideal choice for applications that obstruct the view from one side, such as police station interrogation rooms, computer rooms that need to be hidden from the public, banks and exchange offices, etc.

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