We offer a comprehensive glass cutting service at all our branches. Our comprehensive choice of stock means that we can meet most people's requirements while they wait. We can also deliver direct to your site if a large quantity is required or if you are unable to transport a large piece of glass.
Our large glass warehouse at our Colchester site has computer controlled glass cutting tables which allow us to provide the most cost effective yield from a stock sheet, however complex your order. Our laminated cutting machine allows large sheets of laminated glass to be cut quickly and efficiently.
We have a team of experienced, highly trained glass cutters. That makes complex shapes, curves, circles and vent holes all part of our service.
Float glass = Clear glass
2mm Float Picture frames
3mm Float Sash windows, small panes
4mm Float Standard window glass, sealed units
5mm Float Furniture (quite rare today)
6mm Float (Also known as plate glass) Larger windows, furniture, shelves
8mm Float Furniture, shower screens (toughened)
10mm Float Furniture (UV bonded), aquaria, shower screens
(toughened), frameless glass doors (toughened),
12mm Float Furniture, large table tops, balustrading (toughened).
15mm Float Large table tops, counter tops.
19mm Float Worktops, specialist applications.
25mm Float Floors, specialist applications.
Annealed glass = any non-toughened glass.
Sometimes referred to as tempered glass, this is a safety glass produced to the British Standard for impact safety.
Any thickness from 4mm to 19mm can be toughened.
The toughening effect is achieved by heating annealed glass to very high temperatures and quenching it quickly, usually with air.
Tempered glass is made by processes which create balanced internal stresses, giving the glass added strength. It will usually shatter into small fragments instead of sharp shards when broken, making it less likely to cause severe injury and deep lacerations.
Toughened glass is generally five times stronger than the same thickness of annealed glass. Surface resistance to scratching and abrasion does not change and the edges of a panel of toughened glass have the same vulnerability to those of non-toughened glasses.
Once glass has been toughened it cannot be cut, polished or drilled.
All work on the glass must be completed prior to toughening.
Toughened glass is typically used for glazing in critical locations, furniture, shelving, shower screens, balustrades and roof glazing.
Often called smoked glass, this is a body tint colour added to the melt during manufacture. There are four standard colours; Grey, Bronze, Green and Blue (Pilkington call theirs Arctic Blue).
These are the most basic form of solar control glasses.
They can be toughened or laminated and their most common uses include conservatory roofs to reduce glare and heat build up, and furniture.
Available in 4mm, 6mm and 10mm thick.
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