What is Sandblasted Glass?

You may not know of the wonderfully diverse and numerous options available to you when it comes to glass fittings for your home. The possibilities are not simply limited to clear windows and mirrors, as you may know, but there is a far wider variety of potential styles and types to hand than you may have realised! For example, glass can actually be used as a device for extra privacy, while still allowing you to enjoy the additional natural light and sense of space that it can let into your home.

A number of techniques exist to render panes or panels of glass less transparent, thus keeping the interior of your home, or the particular rooms therein, hidden from prying eyes – without having to be plunged into darkness or forced to rely entirely on artificial lighting sources. One of these techniques is known as “sandblasting” and it does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Take a look below to find out a little bit more about this process.

The Sandblasting Technique

To create sandblasted glass at a glass manufacturing warehouse or factory, specialist methods have to be employed. Once the correct type of untreated glass has been selected, a purpose-built machine propels a stream of granulated material – usually sand or pieces of walnut shell – at the sheet to remove the clear sheen from its surface and give it a “cloudy” appearance. This stream can be moved and controlled to create the perfect effect.

Why Opt for Sandblasting?

Creating an element of opacity within glass windows or screens offers you many more options when it comes to privacy, and it can also help to create interesting and attractive looks. The accuracy with which glass can be sandblasted means that some strips or areas can be chosen to remain transparent, while others can have the desired “frosted” look. For example, a shower screen can be left clear at head height so that you can see out of it, but the rest can be obscured for your comfort. Another option is to have aesthetically beautiful patterns etched onto sheets of glass with amazing precision using sandblasting.

What Can Be Sandblasted?

Any glass panels or screens can be improved using sandblasting techniques – from windows to walkways to whole wet room walls to glass panels in doors and beyond. Even individual items can benefit aesthetically from sandblasting – doing this to a glass chopping board, for example, can reduce the appearance of wear and tear over time. Anything from clear glass to tinted glass, painted glass, laminated glass or even mirror can be sandblasted to achieve the ideal look.

How Can I Get Hold of Sandblasted Glass?

Specialist glass companies tend to offer options such as sandblasting and acid etching as part of a bespoke service. The Glass Warehouse creates custom glass fittings and features for your home to order. They offer a super-fast turnover time without compromising on excellent quality, and their team can create all kinds of shapes and forms of glass to meet your requirements, with a variety of finishes available.

If you’re interested in the services offered by The Glass Warehouse, all you need to do is call them today on 020 8500 1188 or email info@egw.co.uk for further information and a member of their friendly team will be more than happy to talk you through your unique requirements and discuss your best available options. You can also visit the company’s headquarters at 51-55 Fowler Road, Hainault Business Park, Ilford, Essex, IG6 3UT. It’s open from 8am until 4pm from Monday to Friday, so don’t hesitate to drop by and explore what might be available for you and your home.

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