Glass Options for Frameless Glass Doors

ABOUT YOUR GLASS CHOICES

Our doors can come in a vast array of different glass options in both finish and thickness.

The most common glasses are standard clear glass and standard satin opaque glass, though the low iron glass options are becoming an increasingly popular choice.

Glass naturally contains iron and it is the iron that gives glass a slightly greenish tinge. All standard glass had this greenish cast, but it becomes more apparent on the thicker glasses that are required for frameless glass doors.
Low iron glass has much of the iron content removed during production to give a much improved appearance, and has become the preferred option for discerning home owners and interior designers as it offers outstanding optical clarity, purity of colour and very high light transmittance.

Glass with a low iron content is sometimes called 'extra clear', ultra clear, diamant, optiwhite, crystal etc.

Our coloured glass doors will always use low iron glass as it is an important element to achieving the final colour.
Tinted glasses have minerals such as cobalt and selenium added to them to give a grey, bronze or blue body tint.
Other glasses including clear, sandblasted, satin, linea designs and special sandblasted designs can all come in either standard glass or low iron glass.


ABOUT MANUFACTURING YOUR GLASS DOOR

The glass is cut to size, prepared with any necessary drilled holes or cutouts for your chosen hardware. The glass is then toughened to BSEN 12150 Class 1. The edges have a CNC polished finish, and lastly your design, if required, is sandblasted onto the glass.
Glass doors that are to be used in a commercial project also need to be heat soak tested for Health and Safety regulations. This is an additional process where the glass is first toughened and then returned to the kiln to 'soak' in heat for several more hours.

frameless glass doors - clear glass option - standard or low iron

Clear Glass

Standard or Low Iron:

Available in thicknesses 8mm, 10mm and 12mm.

Glass naturally contains iron, and it is the iron that gives standard glass a slight greenish tinge. All standard glass has this greenish cast, but it becomes more apparent in the thicker glasses that are required for frameless glass doors.

Hence, low iron glass has become the glass of choice for interior design. The majority of the iron is removed in the production process to give better optical clarity, purity of colour and very high levels of light transmittance.


frameless glass doors - satin glass option - standard or low iron

Satin Glass

Standard or Low Iron

Available in thicknesses 8mm, 10mm and 12mm (12mm not low iron).

Produced by acid etching one face, Satin glass has a uniform, 'silky smooth' appearance that diffuses light to give a soft, natural appearance. It has excellent light transmission whilst providing a high level of privacy.

It is ideal for bathrooms and the preferred choice for plain opaque doors as it is a durable surface

When installing in bathrooms, the textured side should face away from the wet area.


frameless glass doors - sandblasted glass - standard or low iron

Sandblasted Glass

Standard or Low Iron

Available in thicknesses 8mm, 10mm and 12mm.

Glass is blasted with grit to give a milky white appearance.

As this creates small pits in the glass, it is more likely to show fingerprints. To help protect from this and make cleaning easier, the glass is coated with Ritec ClearShield. This is a polymeric resin coating that bonds to the glass. It is completely transparent, chemically intert and non hazardous. It will not peel or crack and prevents dirt from bonding to the surface.

When installing in bathrooms, the textured side should face away from the wet area


frameless glass doors - positive linea design sandblasted glass option- standard or low iron glass

Linea Design - Positive Design

Clear elements on mainly opaque background.

Available in thicknesses 8mm, 10mm and 12mm.

'Linea design' refers to sandblasted designs on glass that employ straight lines or angular shapes such as squares.

The glass is masked and the design is picked out where is it to be sandblasted. After blasting, the remaining masking is removed and the glass is coated with Ritec Clear Shield for fingerprint marking.

When installing in bathrooms, the textured side should face away from the wet area.


frameless glass doors - negative sandblasted linea design option

Linea Design Glass - Negative

Opaque design elements on an clear background.

Available in thicknesses 8mm, 10mm and 12mm.

The process and principles are the same as that used for negative Linea designs.

The most popular design is shown in the image: 4No equally spaced 2mm clear lines. However, the lines can be as wide or narrow as you wish and positioned wherever you would like them.

When installing in bathrooms, the textured side should face away from the wet area.


frameless glass doors - tinted glass option

Tinted Glass

Transparent, sandblasted or with sandblasted designs

Available in thicknesses10mm and 12mm.

Metal oxides are added to the glass in production to give a bronze, grey or blue tint. As this is through the glass composition it is called 'body tint'

Glass can be completely sandblasted or with linea / special designs.

Tinted glasses are also used for solar control as they reduce light transmittance.

When installing in bathrooms, the textured side should face away from the wet area.


frameless glass doors - colour, bi-colour - glass options

Coloured Glass

Single Colour or Bi-Colour

Available in thicknesses 10mm

Our range of colours are the result of a complex process of cold lacquering sprayed by hand on low iron glass, and finished with a transparent or opaque coating.

Bi-colour is lacquering of the glass in two different colours separated by a strip. The colour may be positioned horizontally or vertically.