Float Glass and Its Many Uses in Your Home

It is likely that you have heard the term “float glass” used at least once in the past. However, there is a good chance that you do not know what it means. There is an even better chance that you are not aware of all the ways in which float glass panels can be utilized in the average home.

The name of this glass comes from its method of manufacture. First, they take a mixture of fine silica-laden sand, limestone, sodium carbonate, and any proprietary ingredients and load them into a hopper. This hopper leads to a furnace where the ingredients are heated to a temperature of 2900 degrees Fahrenheit. This process burns away the impurities and combines them, creating the pure molten glass which is then extruded onto the surface of a molten tin bath which is about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten glass floats on top of the molten tin and forms a perfectly flat surface while at the same time remaining separate from the tin. It is then cooled and cut to shape.

Float glass panels are very useful in the home. Businesses often use them to make doors, but the residential user is unlikely to want a transparent door. However, if you have a pool or a patio, some sliding glass doors are just the thing to create that perfect atmosphere and provide years of easy access with a great view. If you have a fenced-in backyard, the privacy concerns of a glass door are lessened.

Glass-panel showers and shelves are a great way to keep your bathroom from looking cluttered. In a small room that usually contains a lot (such as most bathrooms) it is pleasing to the eye when things are transparent, because it creates that feeling of freshness and cleanliness that everyone wants from their shower.

Your house probably has windows already (and it doesn’t, you’ve got bigger problems than decor to worry about), but one can always replace them with something better. Especially with the cost of electricity these days, we can all use a way to seal up our home a little better and save on heating and cooling costs. It is worth noting that heating and cooling costs make up the bulk of the average electric bill.

For glass installation winter haven FL is not without its share of good options. I recommend finding a contractor that offers you the best variety and quality for your money. Make sure that they deal in both floated glass and other kinds, to ensure that they know their materials. Make sure to find one that does both sales and installation, so that you can get everything you need under one roof.

It remains that I speak of security. Most windows are easy to break, but any good contractor should be able to offer you some high-security options so that an intruder will have a harder time breaking through. A good rule to follow on the security question: If it can stop a bullet, it can stop anything short of a bullet as well.