Glass used to be used within homes and businesses purely for functional needs, such as windows and doors, and it wasn’t until around ten years ago that it started to be used as a feature, something to add interest and make a statement rather than purely for functionality.

There are a variety of different glasses used now, and they each have different functions and uses, which may vary from home to business use. The main glasses used include:

This glass can be used as a visual feature as well as a functional and structural building material, and is a very popular choice with many architects. A range of patterns can be used to create the textured look the customer requests including, bubbles, cracked effect, ice, studs and many more. Many companies also offer the added bonus of being able to have the glass tinted to a colour of your choice, which means it can fit in with the colour scheme of the customers choice. Textured glass is probably the most versatile of the architectural glass ranges and can be used for balustrades, partition walls, sliding doors, reception desks, cladding, feature walls, wet rooms, frameless doors and many other applications

Painted glass is often used now where tiling was the only option in the past. It provides a smooth, contemporary look and can help to bring the sense of light and space into an interior. One of the main attractions with painted glass is the fact it can be matched with more or less any paint colour, which makes it extremely versatile. As with all glass types painted glass will be safety toughened to meet British and European safety standards which is extremely important considering this glass is often used in kitchens so may be subjected to high temperatures. Painted glass can be used for kitchen splash backs, countertops, bar fronts, office whiteboards and many other applications.

Gilded glass is often used to bring light and reflection into a room and one of the many benefits of this type of glass is the fact it can usually be made to your requirements. The gilding can be applied to the glass in many different forms including branches, mosaic squares, ripples and vintage looks as well as a variety of colours such as gold, bronze and silver. Gilded glass can be used for feature walls, splash backs, mirrors, art works, door panels, table tops and many other applications. See more