Glass Furnitures Add Style To Your Homes And Offices

Glass furniture is a part of modern furniture, though its origin can be traced back to as early as 1350 A.D. You must be surprised to know that people long as far as medieval, in kings and queens time period especially in European countries of Italy, England and France have used glass made furnitures in different ways to give them a separate identity from the rest. People with refined tastes, have always used designed work of glass to appear different from the ranksGlass furniture has seen many types of materials defining its make since the time it arrived. From silica, a type of sand used to make glass sheets which were then blended with wooden furniture to give a modern contemporary look to nowadays fully assembled, precision engineered glass components supported by classic metallic touch, glass furniture have seen it all.

Whatever the transition, over the years, glass furniture has been able to keep all of its charm and extraordinarily diverse qualities intact.

Glass furnitures: its unique features

Glass is fragile yet resistant, solid yet light, beautiful and at the same time, functional. They are perfect for dark walled less spaced interiors or those rooms without many windows, because glass absorbs less light than wood, metal, or stone. It gives a virtual addition of space by reflecting light in your home. Secondly, the best gift of glass furniture for any home owners who are choosy about designing their homes or offices is that it does not need to be coordinated to match woodwork or surrounding colors. It is one of the classic intrinsic qualities of glass is that it will blend perfectly with any interior design theme and/or color scheme.

A touch of style and sophistication is instantly added when decorating with glass furniture. Glass works wonders when you have to beautify a space instantly. Glass lends a touch of beauty and elegance to any area. Glass side or center tables like coffee tables are easy for decorating purposes, but they are also highly functional. Glass-topped tables are less susceptible to spills and staining with clean wipe using your regular glass cleaner will get back your beautiful furniture.Glass furniture also has a symbol of transparency. This gives a neat look and therefore enables the flow of positive vibes. Glass cuts through the boredom in office environment too. The days of the heavy solid wood furnitures ruling the roost, is on decline. Also these days, transparency is the in-thing in offices in UK as well as around the world and as a result glass furnitures are increasingly making way in the professional corporate world

Glass furnitures: what to look before buying

One of the greatest fear for you as a buyer of glass furnitures is whether it is safe and long lasting. The good news, relax!, technology has taken care of it. Almost all glass furnitures are made from tempered glasses or toughened glasses nowadays and if the one you are buying are not, keep your self away from it. The reason for this is other types of glass when breaks gives out sharp broken pieces and there are many cases of people getting severely injured with this pieces whereas when tempered glass breaks, it breaks into small pieces that aren’t likely to cause serious injury. Glass that has been tempered can stand up to oven-like temperatures and a lot of abuse. Its much spoken durability will not leave you with furniture full of scratches and bruises. It is a very strong material that can withstand a lot of scratches from rough tableware or crushing due to something heavy being dropped. This manufacturing quality of tempered glass makes it a beautiful piece of work that is intended to be used time and again for many years to come. However there are many glass furnitures shops who advise their glass furnitures to be tempered which is proved wrong when the accident happens.

In UK, the BS institution hence has provided standards applicable to glass furnitures. These standards make sure that the glass used in the furnitures is of standard thickness of glass that should be used along with the polishing of exposed edges and the long lasting stability of the glass.

If an item of furniture contains safety glass it may have the following markings to prove they are genuinely safe;

  • The British Standard number ‘BS 6206’ carved into the glass or as a sticker on the glass. This may also be followed by the letter, A, B, or C and the word ‘Toughened’ e.g. BS6206/A Toughened
  • A British Standards Kitemark followed by ‘BS 6206’ etched into the glass or as a sticker on the glass.
  • Some items may also be marked ‘TEMPERED GLASS’ this means the glass has been toughened.

Next thing to look at glass furnitures is how they are joined with the other part of the furniture like a metal or wood. Nowadays U/V bonding based adhesives are much safe and have significant benefits over traditional construction methods. An adhesive distributes loads and stresses over the total joint area to give a more even distribution of static and dynamic loads, instead of concentrating these at high stress points. The adhesive bonded joint is therefore more resistant to flex and vibration than, for example, a bolted joint. Moreover UV (Ultra Violet) curing adhesives are invisible, clean to use and can be used on the UV passing glass to form a permanent and strong bond. This nature of UV bonding gives glass furnitures a minimal form with easy to assemble pack.

Now comes the real part of knowing which type of glass furniture is right for you? Due to the versatility in home decorating designs these days, glass furniture could potentially be a superb addition to your home or office. The major question to consider when determining if it is right for you, though, is functionality with peace of mind. With advancement in manufacturing technology and ever increasing competition, glass furnitures are available in varied types and forms. Tables with glass tops are quickly becoming the favorite choice of many home owners when furnishing homes.

While going for a glass top table, make sure that the glass is safely perched over the base with adequate protection and all glass edges polished radius for extra safety. If you have small living room, then you can go for a compact platform dining table which will not only add a statement to your home but will virtually increase the living room area. You can also look at attractive glass chairs to further add to the style of glass dinner table. If you have long craved for furniture complimenting your sofa set then there are wide ranges of stylish glass coffee table like zig-zag coffee table, double z oval coffee table and many funkier furnitures available in the market. Here too if you are concern with space, there are many space saving designer glass side tables with fantastic metallic stands to opt for. If you are still in thought about buying these glass furnitures, there are various other glass accessories like glass house signage or glass media storages or may be trendy glass audio video support to not miss the glass furniture bandwagon.

Lastly while looking around for glass furnitures, see that you are provided with various ranges in terms of colours, flexible custom sizes at your request like modular or stack options for glass center tables, and some may even provide glass frosting for uniqueness. Also look for flat packed sets which can be easily assembled. This saves you lots of trouble and fear of breaking them while moving houses or to pack it if there lots of guest especially children are coming to your home for a party.

Care and maintenance

It is important, though, to be realistic about the glass furnitures you are going to buy and its future maintenance. The reason for this being that if there is constantly clutter for instance, underneath, on top of or even, around the table, it will be apparent to everyone. One might say it is the beauty and the curse of glass: you can see right through it. Furthermore, if your house tends to collect dust quite easily, you should remove it on a fairly regular basis. But to cheer you up, technology has made glass furniture just a snap to clean. Simply use regular glass cleaner on the counter top. You can also use a solution of lemon juice and warm water will make them shine and sparkle and then use newspaper to wipe them. No need to worry about spills seeping into the furniture, like might occur with wood. Simply wipe away any dirt or spills and get back your beautiful glass furniture. In addition, glass is less likely to get scratched and nicked and will maintain it’s polished, sleek look for years to come.

We really hope that the information provided will guide in your desire to have glass furnitures to further add charm to your homes and offices.

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Versus Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) – Auto Glass

But I Thought You Said This Windshield Was Original Equipment?
Here is a common story for a consumer. A person has a brand new or leased vehicle and a piece of glass becomes damaged. They call an auto glass company and the consumer is told OEE is an original equipment equivalent replacement piece for their vehicle. But when the auto glass technician shows up to complete the replacement, the piece of glass does not actually have the vehicle makers OEM manufacturer logo.

OEM – Original parts installed by the vehicle’s maker during the assembly of your vehicle.
OEE – Parts produced for installation in the “aftermarket” by third party companies.

What Is OEM Auto Glass? (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
When a new vehicle is designed the vehicle maker can use an existing windshield part from an older model vehicle, or they can create a whole new windshield and part number. If the decision is made to create a whole new windshield the vehicle maker contracts a glass manufacturer to create the part. The glass manufacturer and vehicle maker create a unique mold and a unique molding/firing process to produce the OEM windshield (Original Equipment Manufacturer). The parts are installed when the vehicle is assembled at the vehicle makers factory.

OEM parts are available for purchase through your local dealership or through an auto glass company. Do be aware that OEM installations through a dealer will be significantly higher priced than choosing a third party company for the replacement. OEM parts are typically more expensive than OEE. In fact, OEM can cost over 100% more. Although Carlite (Ford) windshields are extremely affordable!

What Is OEE or OE Auto Glass? (Original Equipment Equivalent)
After a new vehicle has reached dealerships and is sold to consumers, third party glass manufacturers will actually acquire OEM glass and reverse engineer a mold to manufacture their own aftermarket glass parts. This mold is created after they digitize an outline of the part. Then the companies create a firing process to bend and shape the glass. OEE aftermarket parts are slightly different in size, they have slight differences in the bend of the glass, and the glass may have high distortion when viewed from a side angle. All of these differences may be minimal or dramatic depending on the manufacturer. The cheaper the glass, the cheaper the manufacturing was.

Removal Of The Manufacturer Logo
Some auto glass installation companies remove the windshields manufacturer logo to fool consumers into thinking its actually OEM. Remember to never buy glass without a manufacturer product label. The label is usually about 1 square inch in size and is located in the bottom areas of the windshield right above the painted black ceramic band. The manufacturer logo includes information about where the glass was manufactured, and has information for the Department of Transportation. Removing the logo is illegal.

What Are The Main Differences Between OEM and OEE.

1. Side View Clarity – All glass that is bent during manufacturing has some distortion when viewed from a side angle. This can be described as waves or waviness. Aftermarket glass is pressed, molded and fired during manufacturing in a slightly different way than the original process set by the vehicle maker. As a result of the difference in manufacturing the aftermarket process typically creates more distortion in glass when viewed from a side angle. Sometimes its a lot more!

2. Safety – Both types of glass meet all federal safety standards and also go through testing at such places as AMECA, Automotive Manufacturer’s Equipment Compliance Agency Inc.. Because both types meet certain safety guidelines, many auto glass installation companies push the argument that aftermarket is equivalent to the vehicle makers original replacement equipment simply based on this one similarity.

3. Glass Thickness – The federal government actually has mandates on the thickness of a windshield. Most windshields are between 2-3mm (millimeters) thick. OEE glass may have a.01mm or more difference in thickness. This may result in the idea that aftermarket is more cheap. Although this is still as safe and equivalent to OEM, I find it is different none the less and may have a higher risk of cracking from debris impacts.

4. Black Ceramic Paint Design – Both types of glass will typically have the same exact paint designs around the edges of the glass, although there are a few unique OEM windshields out there. This black design only hides areas from view (ex: under the dashboard, behind side pillars) and it protects the urethane glass adhesive from UV emitted by the sun. UV will degrade the adhesive which will result in the glass falling out or coming loose. One of the few differences found in paints bands may be, the vehicle maker or vehicle model logos embedded in the design. An example is a Ford Mustang windshield. The OEM windshield includes a picture of the Mustang logo above the rear view mirror bracket in the third visor.

5. The Manufacturer/Vehicle Maker Logo – OEM windshields have a logo that matches all of the other pieces of glass on your vehicle. This is the easiest to see if a piece of glass has been changed before, or to confirm if an auto glass company has ordered the right glass for you. The logo will either have the vehicle maker logo or the original vendor logo.

6. Rear View Mirror Brackets And Sensors – Aftermarket windshields (OEE) use a different process to adhere the mirror brackets to the glass. I find that their quality of adhesion and location is not as accurate as OEM parts. In fact, aftermarket distributors repeatedly drip glue on the glass below the bracket which may stain the black ceramic band on the interior side of the glass. When it comes to sensor components such as a rain sensors, the problem it not as rampant. But on a BMW windshield, a mirror bracket not correctly aligned may hinder the re-installation of the mirror’s plastic cover assembly which hides the sensor and bracket.

So Which Windshield Should I Choose, OEM or OEE?
The biggest impact on your decision will be budget. OEM parts are almost always higher priced. Most consumers simply choose OEE because they have no choice, everyone needs to save a few bucks. Don’t be scared of choosing aftermarket glass though because safety is mostly impacted by the technician installing the windshield correctly, not the glass itself. But if you really love your vehicle and expect the best quality, you should choose OEM. And if you are leasing your vehicle, your dealer may have restrictions on what type of glass is acceptable upon returning the vehicle. You may get a fee added if you have an aftermarket glass installed. Call your dealer for more information.

9 Common Types of Glass and Their Uses in Modern Architecture

Glass has become a part of human fascination since it first appeared in Roman homes many centuries ago. This fascinating material has evolved with dramatic speed that it is now used not only in residential buildings but also in large commercial edifices. At times, glass is even used to replace exterior building materials like bricks, cement and granite. Glass has come to prove that in addition to its beauty and artistic appeal, it can also offer durability as one of its most important uses in modern architecture.

The discovery and implementation of comprehensive glass works in buildings and other structures has made glass a leading construction material for interior and exterior purposes. One of its most important contributions to architecture is its ability to eliminate the visual barrier between the inner and outer parts of a building. Glass helps to conserve energy by allowing light to penetrate through, bringing brightness and warmth to an otherwise dark and cold home or office room.

Here are the most common types of glass that are used in the construction of modern structures:

1. Sheet

This is the type of glass used for mirrors, picture frames, and glazing of floors or walls. It has an average thickness of about two to four millimeters.

2. Float

Float glass has better quality than sheet glass. It is not characterized by bubbles, knots or scratches. Its thickness, which ranges between two and twelve millimeters, is so evenly distributed that waves or distortions are hard to detect. Many people use float glass in window panes because of its optical clarity and quality.

3. Tinted

Tinted glass is a type of glass that absorbs heat load by 12 percent. Its heat-absorbing quality makes tinted glass an effective energy-saving device especially in air-conditioned buildings. Tinted glass is most commonly used in doors and windows.

4. Figured

Figured glass is a decorative glass the outer side of which is etched with artistic design. Its purpose is to allow light to penetrate the structure while preventing visibility at the same time. It is used to provide a decorative touch to houses, buildings and furniture.

5. Wired

Wired Glass is a sheet glass that is embedded with wire mesh during its manufacturing process. The wire reduces the possibility of the glass from shattering when subjected to shock or heat. It is used to cover openings to prevent fires from spreading.

6. Heat Reflective

Heat Reflective glass is coated with layers of metal oxide film to enable it to reflect light and stay transparent at the same time. Heat Reflective Glass is most commonly used in outer walls, doors and window panes of air-conditioned buildings.

7. Tempered

Tempered glass, also known as toughened glass, is a safety glass that is made more durable by controlled thermal or chemical treatments. It is three times more resistant to wind pressure than ordinary glasses. It is most commonly used on car windows, wind screens, curtain walls, commercial buildings, and showrooms.

8. Laminated Safety

Laminated Safety Glass is produced by bonding together two or more layers of glass and putting between them an inter layer made of polyvinyl butyral. Bonding is done by subjecting the glasses to heat and pressure. This special type of glass is used in aquariums, bullet proof glasses, and wind screens in automobiles and high-rise buildings.

9. Double Glazed Insulated

This is made of two layers of glass that is separated by a spacer and sealed at the edges. The air gap between the glass panes helps to make the room warmer, minimize noise, and provide a good view of the outside. Double Glazed Insulated Glass is used in skyscrapers for its ability to facilitate faster construction and reduce the overall dead weight of the building. Double glazed insulated glass is also quite economical in terms of maintenance cost.

These are some of the most important pieces of information you need to know about glass as a construction material. Should you decide to install glass for your commercial store front, shower enclosure, or any part of your home or office, you should seek the expert advice of a glass installation/repair specialist. Always remember that glass works don’t just add beauty and elegance to your home or office; it also provides comfort and long-term savings on your energy bill.

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