Architectural glass is a catchall term for any type of glass used for building or construction. The term, in a very general way, references any clear building material made from sand in the internal or external structure of an architectural construction.

What falls under the architectural glass category?
The list is nearly endless as any type of glass used in the structural makeup of a building qualifies. For example, float glass, glass panes, patterned glass, and glass blocks all can be used and qualify for the category. To learn more about some of these glass types and their details, we’ve made a cheat sheet that breaks down some of the most popular types of architectural glass.

Does safety glass count as architectural glass?
Absolutely! The traditional safety glasses are laminated glass and annealed glass. Both of these types are used heavily in windows, showers, and railings. It’s really the usage of the product that determines whether or not it is architectural glass.

Where is architectural glass made?
Architectural glass is manufactured all across the globe in places as diverse as Saudi Arabia to Ohio. These factories produce large sheets that are then sold to fabricators who turn the glass into usable pieces for construction.

Is all glass used inside a building architectural glass?
Not necessarily. While a shower that is installed as part of the buildings’ construction is considered architectural glass, a mirror that is installed by an interior decorator is not. The reason here is that the mirror was not part of the construction project, while the shower was.

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