Which Glass is Best for a Glass Partition?

First of all, to understand what makes a certain glass best for a glass partition, it is important to know why another glass isn’t. At Britannia Glass, we have been working for over 20 years replacing and fixing damaged glass. Therefore, this is an area we have a great amount of experience and knowledge in. So let us do our best to explain why we recommend toughened or laminated glass.

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What are the different types of glass and their uses?

There are four main types of glass panels. The way they are created leads to their intended purpose. Glass is made from these raw materials we can find rather easily: sand, soda ash and limestone. However to create glass these materials are heated and then subjected to temperatures around 1700°C. 

The rate at which the glass cools decides its strength and how it can be used.

Annealed Glass

Annealed glass is cooled slowly until it reaches room temperature. When it reaches room temperature we are left with the final product. It has to be done in a controlled way to make sure that the glass can withstand future mechanical shock and changes in temperature. Without this process, the glass will be fragile and crack easily. 

This form of glass is the foundation of the other forms of glass that are used for glass panels. It is typically the cheapest glass available on the market due to it going through fewer processes than the rest of them.

Heat-Strengthened Glass

Heat-strengthened glass is one of the different types of glass we have previously mentioned but it is reheated to increase its applicable uses. Their strength comes from being annealed glass that has been reheated up to 650/700°C. Then when it is cooled down to room temperature again we are left with glass that is typically double the strength of annealed glass. 

When heat-strengthened glass we normally see it used for general glazing due to its increased rigidity against wind load and thermal stress.

Toughened Glass

Also known as tempered glass this is also made from annealed glass that is reheated to 700°C. However, what makes it different from heat-strengthened glass is that it is cooled to room temperature faster. This is done by blowing air onto the glass on both sides. 

Toughened glass is typically double the strength of heat-strengthened and can be five times stronger than annealed glass of the same thickness. Additionally when this glass breaks the shards are far less dangerous because it produces smaller square fragments. Making it safer than the other glasses that can break into long and sharp shards.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is a type of safety glass, made to protect against shattering glass. The glass is actually two pieces of glass held together by a polymer that sits between the panels. In the case where the glass is hit hard enough to shatter it will be held together by the polymer and the plane of glass on the other side of it.

Because of this, it is used frequently for windshields, storefronts, curtain walls and windows. If you see this glass break you can tell what it is because of the spiderweb looking cracks it creates. This is the strongest of the four glass types.

So for glass office partitions what do we recommend 

When it comes to installing a new glass door or wall partition. You will want to think about a few things.

  • Is this glass safe for my work environment
  • Do I need a glass that reduces noise in my office
  • Will it suit my interior 

Reasons to choose Toughened Glass

For those who purely want the aesthetic of a nice glass partition or an office room with a glass partition wall, we suggest toughened glass. It’s a great option that provides safety in your office as it is still strong and well made.

Additionally, it can save you a bit of money as you are not choosing the most expensive option available. Also if the glass does happen to smash you don’t have to worry too much about endangering yourself or others as the broken shards aren’t as dangerous as the likes of annealed glass or heat-strengthened glass.

Reasons to choose Laminated Glass

If money isn’t an issue and you want the absolute safest option for your office glass partitions, this is the best glass. It also benefits from having the polymer layers and two glass sheets dampening sound in your office. Less noise can let you keep your focus when working.

The importance of reducing sound cannot be ignored for any office that is close to a road or has pedestrians constantly near your workplace.

Additionally, because of the way it cracks, it’s able to have touch-ups on small cracks very easily making repairs fast and easy.

To understand just how effective laminated glass is you can watch this video below to see how these two different styles of glass break. Therefore getting a better understanding of their uses. 

Britannia Glass can install your glass partitions

Overall both toughened glass and laminate glass can suit the aesthetics of your office. However, when you have decided what you want you will need to pick a company to install these glass door and wall partitions. 

Britannia Glass provides a professional service for installing glass partitions and fixing them too. With a one hour response time, no call out charge and free quotations make sure to visit Britannia Glass or call us on 0203 305 7161.