Since modern construction uses glass as one of its core raw materials, the use of tempered glass for wall partitions, full-length windows, and glass floors has become fairly common. Tempered glass in Pakistan is generally available for a thickness of anywhere between 3mm to 21mm, but the most common thickness parameters are 6mm, 8mm, and 12mm. While the thickness can vary on the size, design, and use of the glass itself, several types of tempered glass are commonly used in Pakistan for a variety of construction needs.
Types of Tempered Glass in Pakistan
There are essentially six different types of tempered glass being used in Pakistan. These include:
- Tempered Safety Glass
- Bent Tempered Glass
- Double Glazing
- Laminated Safety Glass
- Decorated Glass
- Energy-Efficient Glass
Each of these tempered glass varieties has its own features that define it as being ideal for particular purposes. We’ll highlight their qualities below.
Tempered Safety Glass
Flat tempered glass is nearly four to five times as strong as standard glass and is often referred to as safety glass. While it is reasonably resistant to breakage and damage, in the event that it does crack, this type of tempered glass breaks into small pieces rather than into sharp and jagged chunks that can cause severe injury.
- Extremely durable and safe
- 4 to 5 times stronger than standard glass
- Breaks into small granules to prevent injury
- Ideal for full-length applications such as shopfronts, curtain walls, or shower cabinets
Bent Tempered Glass
Bent tempered glass is often custom-made for a range of projects. While its use in glass furnishings, such as waterfall tables, is common, it is also seen in more out-of-the-box designs, where the glass exterior requires curves to bend a structure into the right shape.
- Offers amazing flexibility in design
- An interesting alternative to flat tempered glass
- Ideal for creating rounded corners or custom facades for buildings
If you want to add better insulation to your home, opt for double glazed windows. Double or triple glazing combines two or more sheets of glass together with the space between them being sealed and filled with air. As a result, double glazed windows offer better resistance to heat and soundproofing.
- Energy-efficient option
- Better insulation
- Good soundproofing
- Extremely durable due to multiple sheets of glass
- Ideal for windows in noisy areas or on higher levels
- Best for areas where temperature needs to be controlled
Laminated Safety Glass
Tempered glass breaks into small granules, while double-glazed glass uses more than one sheet of glass, but laminated safety glass is somewhere between the two, using two or more panes of glass which are stuck together using a thin sheet of clear plastic. This allows clear vision through the glass. In the event of damage, the glass will crack but will not move from its place, continuing to cover the window as well as providing safety from broken shards of glass.
- Extremely durable
- Offers a safer alternative to tempered glass
- Better sound as well as fireproofing
- Allows to you replace the broken glass at your convenience
- Perfect for ground floor level windows which have a higher chance of damage
- Best for greenhouses where a broken window can cause a major change in the indoor environment
While decorated glass is not exactly a type of tempered glass, it is one of the many ways to use tempered glass in Pakistan in the construction of homes, offices, and other structures. Decorated glass encompasses glass cutwork, glass designing, glass frosting, as well as glass painting, on laminated as well as tempered safety glass for a beautiful finish.
- Fade-resistant designs
- Scratch-resistant results
- Wide range of colours and patterns
- Ideal for privacy screens, windows, and shower cabinets
The last tempered glass variety we’re discussing is of energy-efficient glass, which is a high-performance material that prevents UV rays and heat from entering your home, ensuring a better and more regulated indoor environment. Most energy-efficient glass panes are coated with thermal glazing that allows it to offer these unique features.
- Heat resistant
- Improved thermal insulation
- Better energy efficiency
- Two or more panes are combined together to offer the best results
- Best for glass facades in high-rise constructions
- Ideal for temperature-controlled environments
- Perfect for indoor environments that require maximum efficiency from the air-conditioning unit
All of these types of tempered glass in Pakistan can be installed with wooden or aluminium window frames, provided you hire professionals to help you with the job. Once the glass is in place, you can use either blinds or curtains as the perfect window treatment to ensure better privacy and light control into your interior space. There are also a number of other inexpensive ways to make your home warm and cosy along with installing sturdy glass panes for a well-regulated interior.