Category: Strengthened Glass

Celebrating Paul Pich at Bent Glass Design

Bent Glass Design employee retirement

One of Bent Glass Design’s most familiar faces in its Hatboro factory is that of Paul Pich. For 29 years, Paul has been a major contributor to the day-to-day operation of the company. According to Plant Manager Wendi Helms, “Paul can do it all. He ran the ovens, laminated, insulated, and he generously shares his knowledge with… Read more »

Customizing Architectural Glass

Curved glass window for architectural glass design

Whether it is monolithic, laminated or insulated, curved glass is sure to turn a standard glass application into one that is unique and eye-catching. There are many options to consider when customizing architectural glass. How to Plan Your Glass Design First, what is the glass shape and size that best complements the designer’s vision for the… Read more »

Glass in Schools, What’s to Know?

Public school building with laminated glass

The first thing to recognize is that there are different types of glass, and some offer better performance than others. For example, monolithic glass can break and when it does, the glass will vacate the frame.  Laminated glass can break too, but it is held in place after breakage by its bonding interlayer. The first… Read more »

Measuring Bent Glass

When you are describing a piece of flat glass, it comes down to three dimensions—the thickness, the length, and the width.  With bent glass, the thickness is easy to specify, but it gets more complicated to specify the dimensions related to shape.  Here are the terms that you will need to specify when describing bent… Read more »

Architectural Bullet Resistant Glass

Bullet Resistant Glass

Teller windows in banks are not the only applications for bullet resistant glass.  There are instances where glass laminates designed for bullet resistance are installed in schools, storefronts, and municipal buildings.  When constructed with low-iron glass, thick bullet resistant laminates offer enhanced security without sacrificing transparency. Ballistic Performance There are different levels of ballistics performance,… Read more »

Stronger, Lighter Glass for Interiors

Architectural glass design

The thicker the glass, the greater the strength.  Not so with chemically strengthened glass.  Elevecture, located in New York City, has incorporated 2mm chemically strengthened glass in building lobbies and interior elevator cabs—high traffic areas that are often subjected to impacts or scratches.  More information is available from Elevecture. Chemically strengthened glass offers two more… Read more »

How Curved Glass is Used for Residential Windows

Curved Glass Window in Front of Home

Boscawen, New Hampshire is the home of KSD Custom Wood Products, Inc., a supplier of custom crafted wood windows and doors.  These traditional windows and doors are found in many residential, commercial, educational, and institutional buildings.  In some cases, these windows and doors are comprised of curved glass that is installed into insulating glass units, delivering both… Read more »

Glass Walkways: Beautiful, but are they safe?

Glass Walkway with staircase

Glass walkways and stairs can easily become the center attraction of any interior space.  Indeed, glass brings a lightness and beauty to most architectural applications, but there are some guidelines to follow in designing and ordering glass for these applications. Design approach The International Building Code addresses subject by referencing an ASTM standard, E2741, Standard Practice… Read more »

Curved Laminated Glass Railings

Madison Square

Glass is often the material of choice for designers who seek an elegant transparent, yet sturdy, building material. The latest designs for curved glass railings used in guards or handrails incorporate glass that has been strengthened and then laminated for safety. These railings become the centerpiece of an interior space.   Here’s a look at two… Read more »

Reducing Solar Heat Gain with Laminated Glass

Solar Skylights Laminated Glass

When architects and construction companies set out to build energy-efficient buildings, their choice of windows is one of the most important decisions they can make. When builders skimp on glass, it can cost companies thousands of dollars in added energy costs each year. That’s why we use insulating glass to control heat loss in our… Read more »