Here at Kautz we carry a variety of glass types thicknesses and colors. Starting from 1/16" picture frame glass to the thickest 3/4" laminated glass. The glass types we carry are Float glass. Laminated safety glass and for standard door openings Tempered safety glass. Note: we will special order any size Tempered glass for our customers but special orders can take up to 8 to 12 weeks. Glass selection is based on your specific need.
Float glass is a sheet of glass made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal, typically tin, although lead and various low melting point alloys were used in the past. This method gives the sheet uniform thickness and very flat surfaces. Modern windows are made from float glass. Most float glass is soda-lime glass, but relatively minor quantities of specialty borosilicate and flat panel display glass are also produced using the float glass process. The float glass process is also known as the Pilkington process, named after the British glass manufacturer Pilkington, which pioneered the technique (invented by Sir Alastair Pilkington) in the 1950s.
Tempered glass is one of two kinds of safety glass regularly used in applications in which standard glass could pose a potential danger. Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not break into sharp shards when it fails. Tempered glass is manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, making it harder than normal glass.The brittle nature of tempered glass causes it to shatter into small oval-shaped pebbles when broken. This eliminates the danger of sharp edges. Due to this property, along with its strength, tempered glass is often referred to as safety glass.
Laminated Glass is a multi functional glazing material that can be used in a variety of applications. It is manufactured by permanently bonding two or more lites of glass with layers of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer, under heat and pressure, to create a single construction. Laminated glass products are ideal for Sloped/Overhead Glazing; Museums, Prisons, Government Buildings; Jewelry Stores, Banks, Airports; Schools, Hospitals, Hotels; Interior Partitions, Office Buildings and Safety Glazing Applications.
Down below you will see a comparison of the different types of glass and how they react to impact.