Glass Furniture for Your Christmas
If you have recently moved home or maybe you are just undergoing a redecorating process in your current home, you probably have a Christmas list full of furnishings to create rooms you love. Glass furniture is not one to be overlooked. It is very stylish, looking great in both modern and contemporary homes. It also reflects light very well so you can give the impression of more space. If you want your home furnished with the perfect glass furniture before Christmas or New Year, so that you can wow your guests, hurray down to Aacme Glass today. Our experts will happily assist you in creating the furniture of your dreams whether it be a dining room table, a coffee table, shelves or a mirror. Contact us today on 01633 244926 for more information or a free quote.
Whenever creating glass to be used for glass furniture, the experts at Aacme Glass will always make toughened glass, also known as safety glass. Toughened glass is Exactly the same thickness as standard glass but up to five times stronger, toughened glass is ideal for load-bearing, so you can use it in a greater variety of ways. At Aacme Glass, our toughened safety glass meets the highest standards of safety when subject to accidental impact – providing maximum safety across all applications. This allows for far greater versatility when it comes to design, and is frequently used for windows, interior design and glass balustrades. All toughened glass produced at Aacme Glass conforms to the requirements of BS 6206: 1981 Class A and is of the highest safety standard. Cut to any size and shape, you can order ahead and we’ll have your glass ready in no time. For all projects and applications where you require the benefits of standard glass panes with the combined extra strength of toughened glass, our team of master craftsmen can provide a comprehensive, proven solution. From table tops to shelves, protective furniture glass, door glass, balustrade panes, clear and coloured splashbacks; the possibilities are virtually endless.
How is Toughened Glass Made?
The toughened glass starts life as standard float glass. Float glass, when shattered breaks into dagger-like pieces and can be harmful, it is, therefore, unsuitable for home applications, Tempered glass on the other hand fractures into small, relatively harmless pieces. To prepare the glass for the tempering process, it must first be cut to the size required. The glass is then checked for imperfections, such as chips on the edge which could cause weak points causing the glass to fracture during the tempering process. An abrasive belt is then used to remove the sharp edges of the glass. Next, the glass is heated in a furnace to around 720 degrees C and then the surfaces are rapidly cooled using a process called “quenching.” During the “quenching” process, which lasts just a few seconds, high-pressure air blasts the surface of the glass from an array of nozzles in varying positions. Quenching cools the outer surfaces of the glass much more quickly than the centre. This puts the outer surfaces into compression whilst the inner surfaces remain in tension. The result is a glass that’s 4 to 5 times the strength of standard glass or annealed glass.
Why Choose Glass Furniture?
There are many visual benefits of glass furniture. Glass furniture often oozes a high level of elegance and sophistication and looks great in both modern and contemporary homes. Glass also has a unique ability in that it is able to enhance the look of other materials that accompany the glass furniture, such as wood or marble. Glass also gives the illusion of space, as its transparency doesn’t block the views behind it, creating more visual “empty space.” Your home dining space is not just a favourite place for friends and family to come together, but also a focal point in the home. While wooden dining tables might be a good choice to add a rustic flair, a glass dining table might be just what you need to add the right kind of pop to your home. Your choice of furniture can make all the difference to the feel of the room and nothing says “elegance” more than a glass dining table.
Glass furniture also helps with the distribution of light so can brighten your room adding a welcoming appeal. The toughened glass actually has a slight green tint to it because of the process through which it is manufactured. There are types of toughened glass that go through a different manufacturing process in order to remove the green tint, this glass is called ‘low iron glass’.
Whilst it is true that glass is more prone to fingerprints and visible messes, these things are considerably easier to wipe off of a glass top, and unlike wood, glass doesn’t stain. To make the cleaning process easier, we recommend you regularly wipe it down with a soft, clean sponge and warm, soapy water. You may even want you to use a little baking soda dissolved in warm water to ensure that the glass stays sparkling.
Glass furniture isn’t known to be cheap, especially if you sensibly opt for high-quality furniture made from tempered glass which is thermally and chemically strengthened to reduce breakage. However, at Acme Glass we provide the highest quality toughened glass for unbelievably reasonable prices.
How Strong is a Glass Table?
All glass used in a home or office situations should either be toughened or considered a robust glass i.e. a glass that achieves its strength through its thickness. The toughened safety glass we create at Aacme Glass is up to five times stronger than regular glass. People often look at glass as being quite weak and fragile and needing constant vigilance and care, however, this isn’t necessarily true. Whilst it is still advised to look after your glass product it is no more necessary than looking after any other product. Toughened glass can be used to hold surprisingly large amounts of weight.
Toughened glass is not only stronger than annealed glass, but it is also significantly safer and this is why we believe that this glass is the perfect material for making contemporary glass furniture. At Aacme Glass, our toughened safety glass meets the highest standards of safety when subject to accidental impact – providing maximum safety across all applications. Unlike regular glass, toughened glass breaks into small glass chunks instead of sharp, splintered shards. This makes toughened glass the perfect solution for high-impact applications including table tops, glass balustrades and bannisters, or even a beautiful glass shower.
Glass comes in a great variety of styles and types and they can all be customised in a massive amount of ways. Glass is one of the most versatile materials in terms of sheer applications and makes a great addition to any home. At Aacme Glass Ltd, we can guide you through choosing your perfect piece of toughened glass. Measuring and cutting to your exact requirements, our friendly team are always on hand to answer any questions. We also provide an efficient fitting and finishing service – all at unbelievably low prices. Contact us today on 01633 244926 for more information.
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