Residential Glass Types
Laminated Glass - a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. Held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between its two or more glass layers. When broken forms a spider web pattern preventing it from breaking up into large sharp pieces. The PVB interlayer also gives it a higher sound insulation and blocks 99% of transmitted UV light. Used in exterior storefronts, curtain walls, skylights and windows.
Tempered Glass – a toughened glass through the process of controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength in comparison to normal glass. Usually shatters into small fragments eliminating the danger of sharp edges. As a result of its safety and strength it's typically used for glass doors, table tops, bulletproof panels, staircase railings, partitions, balcony glass and shower doors.
Insulated Glass – formed by placing a spacer between two panes of glass in which the perimeter of the glass is sealed, allowing no movement of outside air into the space, thereby the trapped air between the two pieces of glass contributes to the overall insulating efficiency of the glass. Offered in tempered or regular glass, with or with out grids. Used for both residential and commercial construction. Also considered a mandatory energy conservation measure in many building codes.
Acrylic Glass (Plexiglass) – is made from a synthetic plastic material which makes it versatile with great impact strength yet is light weight and considered 10 times stronger than glass. Lending its self to be used for a variety of products: partitions, railings, displays and casing, shower stalls, storm windows, skylights, picture framing and various protective coverings.
Lexan (Polycarbonate) Glass - is not glass, but a polycarbonate resin thermoplastic. That is transparent and temperature-resistant as well as supersedes all other thermoplastics in strength making it a highly impact/breakage resistant material useful in safety glass, and transmits light comparably to plain glass, so is commonly used in place of glass.
Plate Glass - Clear glass
Mirror – Image Reflective Glass
Pattern Glass – flutex, reed, frosted, rain, aquatex, and Niagara just to name a few.
Cast Glass - textured glass which comes in an array of patterns.
Painted Glass – comes in a variety of colors. See Benjamin Moore website to choose colors & obtain color code.
Tinted Glass – comes in gray, bronze, green, & blue.
Commercial Glass Services
Whether you are transforming a commercial store front, office space, or simply faced with a broken glass door or window requiring emergency services, look to Potomac Glass pro for your next service call or project needs.
- Store Front Windows & Commercial Doors
- Regular Plate Glass & Safety Glass Replacement
- Heavy Glass Mall Entrances & Herculite Doors
- Automatic or Revolving Doors
- Curtain Wall / Aluminum Windows
- Insulated Glass
- Bullet Proof Panels & Accessories
- Glass Railing Systems
- Plexiglass / Lexan (which come in a variety of colors & sizes)
- UV-Ray Protective - Window Filming
- Various aspects of Building Sealant, Water & Weather proofing
- Door Servicing (Replacement or Repair: Hinges, Pivots, Door Closers, & all aspects of the Locking Mechanism)