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By far, the most common glass available is soda-lime glass. Like most glass, the majority of it is silica (60 percent to 75 percent), but it gets its name from the addition of soda (12 percent to 18 percent) and lime (5 percent to 12 percent). In fact, 90 percent of the glass that is made is soda-lime glass.

While you may not be familiar with the name "borosilicate glass," you probably know the other name "Pyrex." This glass is made up of at least 5 percent boric oxide. This helps make it highly resistant to temperature change and chemical corrosion.

Patterned and textured commercial glass not only adds an element of style to your business or office, but it provides the privacy you need while still allowing ample light into the building and/or interior rooms.

Did you know that, in the world of glass making, the initial recipe and ingredients that were perfected in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Persia remain almost the same today? In its basic structure, glass is made from pure silica, with the addition of other elements such as sodium carbonate, lime, lead oxide, and iron.

Although modern mirrors are substantially lighter than the polished metal that preceded them, they can still be very heavy. It's a good idea to have a professional hang any large mirror, as they have the tools and experience to do the job correctly and safely.

Not sure whether you want your commercial glass to be naturally clear or tinted? Essentially, this is going to depend on the environment you are trying to create in terms of attracting customers and enhancing workplace productivity.

Does your space feel too ordinary for you? Want to spice things up a bit? Using mirrors is a great way to add sophistication, even grandeur, to any room, whether it’s your bathroom, bedroom, closet, or even your attic!

Glass for doors and windows can also be fire-rated. Fire-rated glass is generally polished wired glass. Ceramic glass is a newer, transparent fire-rated glass that looks like normal window glass. Make sure your fire-rate glass can stand up to the thermal shock of water hitting it.

Replacing your single-pane windows with double-pane or insulating windows is a smart investment that can reap dividends down the road. Insulating windows can make a huge difference when it comes to thermal heat loss, resulting in significant savings on utility bills.

The earliest-known mirrors date to about 600 BC and were made of obsidian rock formed by lava that had solidified before it could crystallize. Naturally hard, dark, and glasslike, the material becomes highly reflective when it’s smoothed and polished.
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