Frosted glass fire department doors can be a stunning addition to any station or community. However, there is more to frosted glass than meets the eye and sometimes one type will be a better fit for a particular project than another.
Frosted Glass in Fire Department Doors
Frosted glass is made by sandblasting or acid etching the surface of a clear piece of glass. The process allows light transmission though the unit while blurring the images behind it at the same time. There are a number of options available in for frosted glass and each has its own individual appearance and performance. Four of the most asked for types of frosted glass are:
- Frosted Tempered or Annealed Glass: Non-insulated tempered (safety) or annealed glass is available in thicknesses of 1/8” or ¼”. The frosted appearance is often described as “satin like” or “soft”.
- Frosted Laminate Glass: Frosted laminate glass has a thicker frosting and is better at obscuring objects than frosted tempered or annealed glass. Frosted laminates are often called “milk glass” due to the stronger frosting. Thicknesses for frosted non-insulated laminates start at ¼”
- Frosted Laminate Low Iron: Low Iron frosted laminates have a similar milky appearance, but the low iron content in the glass affords a much whiter look. Iron content is a natural occurrence in silica based glass. Low iron glass removes the iron tint creating a clearer unit and, in the case frosted glass, a whiter unit as well.
- Frosted Polycarbonate and Acrylic Glass: Polycarbonate and acrylic glass is not a silica based glass like laminates, tempered, or annealed units. They are comprised of synthetic polymers that duplicate the look of glass. These glazing types also come in frosted versions which can appear cloudy in nature.
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