What is Crackled Glass?

Cracked ice glass

Whether you’ve recently moved home or you’re the site manager of a renovation project, cracked ice glass is something you should know about. It’s one of the latest trends in the world of interior design, constructed by laminating three pieces of toughened glass together and shattering the middle layer. It has a very stylish cracked ice effect and it has become incredibly popular for both functional and decorative applications. 

Cracked ice glass was first introduced in Venice in the 16th century. Glass makers discovered that if hot glass was immersed in cold water, the sudden extreme change in temperature made the glass shatter. This shattered glass pane could then be reheated to seal the cracks and moulded into the desired shape. To this day, glassmakers still strive to create the same “ice glass” effect as the Venetians. However, the process of manufacturing has changed a little in line with modern technology. A CNC machine is now used to shatter the inner layer of glass, and thanks to the laminated adhesive layers, fragments are held in place and a smooth cracked finish is achieved.

It’s fair to say, the cracked ice glass effect has become a popular design feature with furniture manufacturers, architects and home-owners. Today we take a look at a few of the main reasons why:

Modern Contemporary Style

Although it has existed for centuries, cracked ice glass is a modern and contemporary way to style your home, office or commercial building. It is a special and out of the ordinary glass, hence why so popular for modern interiors. Each individual crack reflects the natural light in a room, thus creating a beautiful shimmery effect and successfully catching the eye. Here at The Glass Warehouse, we currently offer cracked ice glass in a wide range of colours and thicknesses. Ideal for table tops, balustrades and partitions; adding a slick and sophisticated touch to any room.

Stylish and Safe

Cracked ice glass is constructed using three layers of toughened glass, combining the strength of both the toughening and laminating process. Therefore creating a barrier that is incredibly difficult to break and offering effective resistance to accidental impact. Even if the top layer of glass was to break, there’s no need to worry about dangerous fragments and splinters of glass. As the adhesive holds everything in place and the chances of injury are significantly reduced. Cracked ice glass is, thus, a very suitable choice for areas where both style and safety are of paramount importance.

Made to Last

Crafted from toughened glass panes, it can be up to six times stronger than ordinary glass and demonstrates exceptional durability. It can withstand the day-to-day wear and tear of many different environments. From the entrance of a family home to the communal kitchen of a hotel – and, whatever colour you choose, we guarantee it will not begin to fade over time. Thanks to its smooth surface, ice glass is also very easy to keep clean and maintain. Simply wipe it down after use and it will continue to look as good as new. 

Effective Heat Resistance

Perfect for use in any kitchen splashback, ice cracked glass demonstrates extremely effective heat-resistance. Thanks to the materials from which it is made and its unique laminated and toughened construction. Place a burning hot pan directly onto the top layer of a crackle glass table top or worktop and, we guarantee, it will have no effect upon the structural integrity of the glass or its smooth and stylish appearance.  

A Vast Range of Applications

Thanks to the properties and features outlined above, ice glass has a vast range of different applications. Both within domestic and commercial settings. From cracked glass table tops and cladding, to cracked glass splashbacks and work surfaces. This type of glass creates an impressive focal point for any room, adding that extra wow-factor. Here at The Glass Warehouse, we offer bespoke glass to suit your every needs. Whatever shape, size, or colour, we can create the perfect glass solution for you!

The Glass Warehouse: A Leading Provider of Cracked Ice Glass

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and a one-stop-shop for all your glass requirements, it is only right that – here at The Glass Warehouse – we stock an extensive range of cracked ice glass. With significant industry experience, we have invested heavily in state-of-the-art processing equipment, such as two new CNC machines. These machines have made it possible for us to create high-quality glass for a wide range of applications. These include splashbacks, table tops, doors, furniture and cladding. Available in a variety of colours, it is the perfect way to add a modern and decorative touch to your home.

Contact The Glass Warehouse

If you would like to find out more, or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgeable team of staff are always on hand and happy to help with your enquiries. Just give them a call on 020 8500 1188 or send an email to info@theglasswarehouse.co.uk. Alternatively, if you’re ready to buy your new glass, head over to our online order builder. Simply put in your required shape and dimensions and join the crackle glass effect craze.

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