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Working with Curved Glass

To enable accurate quoting, measuring and ordering, we require the following technical details:

Our specialist technical team can help you determine what is required to meet relevant regulations.

Calculating Curved Glass Dimensions

  • To measure the depth of the curve, take half the chord and at that point measure at a right angle to the top of the curve
  • It is important to specify concave, centreline or convex
  • Bent glass can have flat sections incorporated within a single panel
  • A flat area at a right angle to the radius is called a tangent or a tangential flat
  • Always state which surface a dimension applies to (e.g. Inside or Outside Curved Surface)

 Curved Glass Specifications


  1. Increasingly tighter curves require thinner & smaller glass sizes as outlined above.
  2. Maximum height can vary depending on the radius & glass thickness.  If the height is greater than 3600mm (141 47/64″), then please contact us to confirm.

So many variables impact how glass can be curved and bent – please contact us directly to discuss your needs as even complex curves may be achieved. The Curved Glass Specifications & Tolerances guide provides some direction on tolerances for tight curves – generally speaking, increasingly tighter curves require increasingly thinner and smaller panes of glass.

A tolerance of ± half of the thickness of the glass to a maximum of ± 6mm is the accepted industry standard.

Glasshape bends glass by either heating and rolling the glass while in a plastic state, or by the process of “sag bending”. Glass is a visco-elastic material whose mechanical properties change rapidly when heated between 600º and 700º C becoming a ‘plastic’ substance. The science of glass bending uses this plastic phase to produce shapes which are both complex yet free from wrinkles and other optical aberrations starting from flat float glass.

Optical distortion sets the limit for most shaping. All bending requires precise control of stress levels to ensure the product meets regulatory, environmental, robustness and optical requirements. A degree of distortion, both when looking through and in reflection, is inevitable in curved glass, particularly when viewing a moving object through the glass.

All curved glass should be site inspected from a minimum distance of 3m and viewed at right angles to the glass. It should also be noted that curved glass will split direct sunlight into striped shadow. Some variation in edgework may be discernible on exposed edges where different machine or hand forming is required for manufacturing. Such variation will be kept to a minimum.

Standard glazing techniques for flat glass also apply to curved glass with added consideration of the following:

  • Glass radius and rebate radius are rarely exactly the same. Additionally radius at head may differ from that at the sill. Rebate needs to be of sufficient size to accommodate all variances. Where variances occur wet seal is recommended.
  • For annealed curved glass and annealed laminated glass wet seal is the preferred method of glazing to avoid breakage from over tight wedge
  • Attention needs to be paid to the frame that the curved glass is being glazed into. In particular attention to the blocking of the frame into the sub-sill in the centre of the bow, as this area may droop over time if not blocked sufficiently.
  • Setting blocks and distance pieces: Same as for flat glass with the exception that a central setting block(s) may be required to avoid tipping, depending on the radius.
  • Curved glass vacuum lifters are recommended for assisting with moving the glass into position.
    • Note: flat glass vacuum lifters are not recommended for use on curved glass as they may lose their vacuum suddenly.
“Spontaneous glass fracture” refers to incidents where toughened glass windows shatter without warning.  These failures are due to the presence of nickel sulphide inclusions. A comprehensive report on what causes these can be found here, or more information about mitigating this can be found under the Heat Soaked Glass section below.
Glasshape is able to provide a Heat Soak service that will test panels of toughened glass for nickle sulphide inclusions. In almost all cases, this destructive test will cause an affected panel to shatter within the safety of the testing oven. If the panel emerges form the testing oven in-tact we can be almost 100% confident that there are no nickle sulphide inclusions, and the panel will not spontaneously fail as a result.
  • Insulating Glass Units must be transported and stored so that both panes of glass are equally supported. Therefore units should be stored vertically or stored on a 90° angle rack set at 4° -7° from the vertical as in Figure 1.

Fixed Storage Rack IGUs

  • Units may be moved and stored on site storage trolleys similar to example in Figure 2

fixed tooth storage

  • Insulating Glass Units should not be stacked more than 6 deep. For various size units, stack the largest against the supports. Where size changes occur, suitable interleaving should be used
  • All Insulating Glass Units must be stored in dry ventilated conditions out of direct sunlight
  • Wrapping plastic over glass for weather protection is not advised as it can allow condensation to accumulate, resulting in damage to the glass or unit seal
  • Insulating Glass Units that are transported or installed at heights exceeding 1200 metres above sea level require special precautions and advice must be sought from the manufacturer
  • Strops or slings which support both panes of glass are recommended for moving Insulating Glass Units
  • If it is necessary to rotate large Insulating Glass Units, a corner block may be used to protect the edge of the unit (Figure 3), or use a vacuum lifter with a rotating head

IGU Edge Protection

  • Care must be taken if handling large Insulating Glass Units with suckers, as this can put undue stress on the seals
  • Glass grabs which create a crushing force which can damage the spacer are not recommended

Glass Types

Float Glass is annealed glass processed by combining all ingredients and heating them till molten. This molten glass is then poured over a layer of molten tin. The molten glass then ‘floats’ across the top of the molten tin. As molten tin creates a perfect surface, the finish of float glass is extremely flat.

Float Glass can then be processed as cut-to-size, and then further processed into either toughened or laminated (or both) safety glass. Float glass comes in standard thicknesses of 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 19 & 25mm.

Standard Clear float glass has an inherent green hue when viewed on its edge. This green colour is the result of the iron content in the ingredients when the glass is manufactured. This colour becomes visible when viewing through the face of the glass as the glass thickness increases. To overcome this colouring a Low Iron form of glass has been developed. It has a pale blue colour when viewed on its edge. Where a tinted glass is used the greenness of standard glass is less of an issue.

There are many colours of tinted glass available on the market produced by the various glass manufacturers. The colours are not standardized across manufacturers and can be slightly different from one batch to the next from the same manufacturer. Getting an exact match in colour when replacing one piece after a number of years can never be guaranteed and requires some careful colour matching.

Float glass or standard glass is very vulnerable to breaking when tension is applied or it is impacted. It will break into large, sharp splinters that can be very hazardous if not handled correctly. Cracked or broken float glass can fall out of its frame or collapse without warning and should be treated very carefully when removing or handling. Due to the danger of broken float glass and its vulnerability to breakage it is only used in fixed glazing or fully framed glazing where there are no special strength requirements such as fixed domestic glazing.

To improve the performance of standard glass in safety, strength and insulation it can be processed further by Laminating, Heat Strengthening, Toughening, incorporating it into a Double Glazed Unit or coating it with special coatings. A number of these processes can be combined to produce glass that can meet very specific requirements.

Heat Strengthened Glass is commonly referred to as HS glass. This is float glass that has been thermally treated to gain strength. Float annealed glass is heated inside a roller-hearth furnace up to 670°C, and then cooled back to room temperature again within a few minutes.

This process creates stress layers throughout the glass, however not as much as toughened safety glass. HS glass has approximately twice the strength than that of standard Float Glass and normally would have a residual surface compression of no less than 50MPa.

HS glass is NOT a safety glass unless it is laminated to another panel of glass. When HS glass breaks, it cracks from edge to edge in larger pieces than that of toughened glass. Due to the HS glass process being less harsh in phases of heating and cooling to that of toughened glass, it is far less susceptible to roller wave and therefore is visually far superior to that of toughened safety glass.

HS glass can be laminated to the other types of glass to produce a Grade A safety glass or a glass with specific requirements. HS Glass is commonly used for Super Yacht marine windscreens where strength and optical perfection are required.

Toughened Safety Glass is commonly referred to as TSG (it’s also known as tempered glass). This is float glass that has been thermally treated to gain strength. Glass is heated inside a roller-hearth furnace up to 700°C, and then rapidly cooled back to room temperature, at a controlled rate.

This process creates stress layers throughout the glass, hence giving TSG up to 5-8 times more strength than standard Float Glass. TSG will typically have a polished edge to reduce failure during the toughening process. Toughened glass cannot be cut. All cutting and processing such as edge work, polishing, beveling and holes must be completed to the annealed glass before the toughening process makes it tempered glass.

When TSG breaks, it shatters into small particles due to the tension in the glass. These pieces are cube shaped rather than splinters

All TSG has some element of roller wave. Roller wave is an optical disturbance caused by the heating process required to soften the glass before being toughened. Visually roller wave produces distorted reflections on the surface of the glass. This feature is more prevalent in thinner glass than thicker glass. Expect roller wave to be present in glasses 4mm – 6mm. Glasses from 8mm – 12mm have slight roller wave, whilst glass thicker than 12mm have minimal roller wave. Please note that if 2 layers of TSG are to be laminated that the roller wave effect could double.

The toughening process can also produce an area of surface haze or pitting. This is caused by the weight of the glass on the ceramic rollers in the furnace and it occurs mostly with heavier glass.

During float glass manufacture, impurities in the glass batch can result in inclusions in the finished product. These inclusions are so small that they are normally invisible to the naked eye and yet they can cause spontaneous breakage in Toughened Safety Glass.

The most notorious of these inclusions is nickel sulphide (NiS) crystals (stones), which can be contained in the raw material during the production of the glass.

The glass toughening process requires the glass to be heated to just below its softening point and then rapidly cooled. Because this heating and rapid cooling process induces substantial tension in the glass, nickel sulphide stone inclusions in the tension core can cause spontaneous breakage, as they are known to change phase (expand) sometime after the toughening process. Heat Soaking

Heat soaking involves heating the Toughened Safety Glass to 290°C for a given period of time, then slowly cooling it. This process accelerates the expansion of nickel sulfide stones, and at this temperature, glass panels with nickel sulfide stones are likely to shatter.

The purpose of heat soaking is to reduce the incidence of Toughened Safety Glass breaking spontaneously after installation. While the Heat Soak process does not guarantee there will be no spontaneous breakage after glazing, it is a safeguard for specifying glass in areas where safety from glass fallout is a concern and/or access for replacement is difficult.

Why Heat Soak?

In each case the specifier must assess the risk and consequences of failure before deciding whether to specify Heat Soaked Toughened Safety Glass.

Heat soaking will reduce the incidence of failure due to nickel sulphide inclusions, therefore reducing the associated replacement, maintenance and disruption costs and the risk of the building being classified as unsafe; and due to the additional processing – attracts a premium.

When compared to the alternatives or the actual cost of replacing broken Toughened Safety Glass in the field, there is substantial justification for the cost of the additional process. The following applications should be considered for heat soaking:

Structural Balustrades

  • Infill Balustrades – if fallout is an issue
  • Sloped Overhead Glazing
  • Spandrels – if not Heat Strengthened
  • Structural Glazing with Spider or other fittings
  • Commercial Exterior Frameless Glass Doors

This is a form of toughening that produces a toughened layer on the surface of annealed glass. It is produced by immersing the glass into a bath of molten potassium nitrate. There is an exchange of ions between the glass surface and the potassium nitrate resulting in an increase of tension in the glass surface thus producing the toughening effect. The advantage of chemically toughening glass is that complex shapes of glass can be crafted before the toughening process and then toughened in a separate operation.

There are some disadvantages with chemically toughened glass:

  • The toughening is only on the surface of the glass
  • The tensions in the glass surface relax back to an annealed state over time
  • On large glass surfaces patches of discolouration are produced and become visible in certain lighting conditions
  • Chemically toughened glass is not readily available in New Zealand and is produced by few companies overseas
  • Chemical toughened glass is NOT a Grade A safety glass unless laminated

Insulating Glass Units (IGUs) are designed to provide thermal insulation for building envelopes. They are used to reduce building heat loss and heat gain depending on the climate and IGU combination. Insulating Glass Units are sometimes called Double Glazing, Double Glazed Units (DGU) or Sealed Insulating Glass Units (SIGU).

The glass in an IGU is assembled with a separating spacer around the edges to keep the panels of glass separated by the required amount. The edges of the glass and separating spacer are then sealed with a secondary sealing compound. Commonly the air in the space between the panes of glass is replaced with a dry inert gas such as argon. This prevents condensation developing within the unit and also increases the thermal performance of the unit by up to 10%.

There are a number of optical effects associated with IGUs: Brewster’s Fringes, Newton’s Rings & Multiple Reflections – additional details under Colour Variations & Optical Abberations below.

Laminated glass is a process that involves a thin layer of plastic sheet adhering two or more glass panels together. If the laminated glass panel is broken, the plastic interlayer is designed to hold the broken glass together, thus making it a safety glass. Annealed , heat soaked and toughened safety glass, either flat or curved can be laminated together.

Glass can be either laminated by a cast-in-place resin system, or a sheet film system (PVB & EVA).

A resin system requires clear or white-edge tape around the perimeter, of which you can see a faint line approx 6mm in from the edge. A film system eliminates the requirement for edge tape, however is more vulnerable to moisture ingress up to 9mm into the edge of the panel that can cause the film to become opaque.

Laminated Glass Edge Information

All types of laminated glass have an imperfect visual appearance at the edge. This is because there are multiple layers of glass and plastic tapes or resin terminating at an edge. All these elements have different properties of hardness and clarity.

  • Where a high quality edge is required the glass should have a Flat Polish finish with arrised edges and the laminating tape or film would be recessed to the edge of the arris.
  • This results in the polished edges of the glass being the most visible element and provides the highest standard visually.
  • This makeup can be used for both annealed glass and TSG.
  • This type of edge is typically used with frameless balustrades and decorative panels in the residential and corporate sector.

Glass Edge Information

  • The most basic edge is where the glass is scribed with a manual cutter and snapped along the scribe. The glass edge has a shiny finish but is not flat like a polished edge. The sharp edges are arrised to reduce the danger of being cut on the sharp edge and reduce the risk of the glass edge chipping. This method is most suitable for straight cuts and regular shapes on thinner glass up to 10mm. Over 10mm the cut tends to flair with the cut no longer being 90 degrees to the surface of the glass. This edge type is used when the edge of the glass is not visible and is being glazed into a frame.
  • A water cut edge is the result of the glass being cut with a high pressure water cutting machine. These machines are computer controlled and are ideal for cutting very thick glass or complex shapes and laminated glass. The glass edge has a sanded appearance due to the garnet sand used in the cutting process. Typically the sharp edges would be arrised afterwards to reduce the danger of being cut on the sharp edge and reduce the risk of the glass edge chipping. This edge type is used when the glass is of a more complex shape and the glass edge will not be visible.
  • A polished edge is the result of the glass being processed by a Polishing Machine. There are two main types of polishing finish. A Straight Line Edger machine produces a Flat Polish where the edge of the glass is polished flat with a sharp flat angled bevel. Only straight edges can be polished with this machine. A CNC Polishing Machine is a computer controlled cutting and polishing machine that uses a CAD file to produce the shape required. This machine produces a more rounded edge with a radii edge. These edge types are used where the glass edge is exposed or visible and a high quality finish is required. TSG will typically have a rough arrised edge for flat glass or a polished edge for curved glass to reduce failure during the toughening process.

Notes on Curved Glass

Please note that curved or bent glass may:

  • have fine distortions or markings (such as stretch marks) which appear on or in the glass
  • show the presence of “roller wave” (a surface distortion produced by a reduction in surface flatness) or “roller pickup” (which can be shown as small imprints in the surface)
  • be some degree of visual distortion that will vary depending the glass type, thickness, and shape
  • have strain patterns and iridescence apparent under certain lighting conditions or viewing angles

The characteristics described above (and any similar characteristics) are not defects, but are a result of manufacturing processes (including bending, heat-strengthening, toughening, etc) and are acceptable characteristics of such glass. The presence of distortions, marks or other manufacturing effects shall not, directly or indirectly, give rise to a warranty claim or any other claim whatsoever against Glasshape.

Colour Variations in Glass

All glass is essentially made from the “Float Glass” process but the mixture of raw materials can vary slightly. The most noticeable is the iron content and this can make some clear glass more green the others. The iron content can be reduced (low iron glass) to produce a premium, extra clear glass.

The inclusion of metal oxides creates tinted glass in a range of colours (bronze, grey, blue, green), but some manufacturers have slightly different formulations and tint colours. In general the bronze and grey colours are similar but the others can vary and may be challenging to match. In addition the tint varies with the thickness and this adds further complications to colour matching. For uniform tinted glass, design for one thickness and source from one supplier.

Clear laminated glass is very similar to clear monolithic float glass of the same thickness, and in most  cases no colour variation is noticeable. However, it can happen in some lighting conditions.  Tinted PVB laminated glass does not match tinted float glass as it’s the PVB interlayer that is tinted and not normally the glass. In addition there are several suppliers of tinted interlayer and their colours and appearance in certain lighting conditions can vary. The laminate can be made with tinted glass to match if required, and some are offered in this format as standard.

The toughening process does not alter the clear or tint colour but can introduce to tempered glass thermal stress patterns that are visible through polarized light, often known as leopard spots.

Coated glass colours do change when viewed at different times of the day, depending on the weather, surrounding reflections, building orientation and the angle at which the glass is viewed. In addition the appearance of reflective glass is distinctly different if the coating is glazed outside on surface 1 or inside on surface 2. The appearance of clear Self Cleaning and Low E coated glass is also slightly different to clear float but this is not normally significant. Some Low E glass can exhibit a blue haze, especially noticeable if part of the glass is shaded.

An IGU will not normally look different from monolithic glass if using the same outer glass. However, the introduction of a Low E coating can slightly increase reflectivity and the internal pressure changes in the unit can create flexing in the glass that changes reflected images. In addition some rare visual effects are possible, such as;

  • Brewster’s Fringes, which is a light refraction phenomenon seen as a rainbow effect
  • Newton’s Rings, which is a circular rainbow effect evident when the panes are touching in the centre

For more information refer data sheet on IGU Design Limitations.

As a standard IGU has four reflective surfaces, a higher level of reflectivity occurs and multiple images in reflection may be created. This will be more apparent when viewed on an angle to the glass and is an inherent property of the unit. Due to the sealed airspace of an IGU differences in temperature and atmospheric pressure from the time of manufacture will cause the IGU to act as a lens. This can cause significant changes in the images reflected from the windows due to glass deflection. The appearance is of a convex distortion when the glass is bowing outwards and a concave distortion when bowing inwards. The effect will be more noticeable when reflective coatings are incorporated within the IGU, and in larger units.

Haze is the scattering of light rays when visible light passes through a transparent material. The amount of haze in ordinary glass is very low and is not detected by the human eye. High performing IGUs often incorporate Low E coated glass. With any coated glass it is possible to see the presence of the coating under certain lighting conditions. When bright sunlight shines directly onto partly shaded, coated glass and there is deep shade on both sides of the glass, haze may be visible and usually has the appearance of a blue-grey film or dust on the glass. The shaded area will be free of the effect, giving a clean appearance in the shadow. The effect will be more noticeable on some types of coated glass than on others. Vacuum or sputter coated Low E glass products generally have a very low amount of haze, Pyrolytic coatings tend to have higher levels of haze that can be more readily seen by the human eye. Haze is not a manufacturing flaw, rather an industry known and recognised inherent feature of IGUs.

Optical Abberations

Newton’s rings are named after Sir Isaac Newton who first studied the phenomena. These are interference patterns caused by the reflection of light between two surfaces, a spherical surface and an adjacent nearly flat surface. They appear as concentric rings of rainbow colours and occur only near the centre of a unit.

In a large IGU the two glasses may be displaced to touch or nearly touch in the middle by an increase in atmospheric air pressure due to; insufficient pressure equalisation during manufacture, heat treated glass bow, incorrect airspace for the unit size, or inadequate glass thickness. This effect is normally a manufacture or specification fault and replacement is required.

Brewster’s Fringes are reflected light phenomena which occur if wavelengths of light meet up at 180 degrees out of phase. This can occur when high quality float glass is used with surfaces which are optically flat and both panes of glass are parallel in the IGU. Light reflected within one glass can combine with that similarly reflected within the other, with such small path differences as to cause interference.

The effect is of faint coloured bands or irregular shapes, which can be located anywhere over the surface. It is rarely noticeable in normal lighting conditions.

Brewster’s Fringes are not a manufacturing fault but can be generally avoided by using IGUs of unequal glass thickness.

IGUs containing heat treated glass may exhibit a similar level of distortion as heat treated monolithic glazing. This is normally visible on an oblique angle perpendicular to the direction of the toughening furnace rollers, and more obvious in reflection than in transmission.

Where IGUs contain two or more panes of toughened glass this effect may be increased. For this reason, units containing multiple panes of toughened glass particularly where reflective or coated glass is involved should be evaluated for possible visual issues associated with roller wave distortion.

Where thermal stress prevents the use of annealed glass in both panes, the use of heat strengthened glass instead of toughened glass (tempered glass) may be considered as often the roller wave is reduced. Roller wave is not a manufacturing fault but an industry recognised and accepted inherent feature of heat treated glass.

Glasshape Quality Standard for Processed Glass

Our Visual Quality Standard specifies acceptable quality requirements from a visual perspective for the following:

  1. Cut sizes of flat, clear ordinary annealed and tinted heat-absorbing glass which are used for general, architectural, marine and transportation, glazing, or similar.
  2. Cut sizes of flat, clear ordinary annealed and tinted heat-absorbing processing glass used for Grade A safety requirements (i.e. toughened or laminated).
  3. Cut sizes of ordinary annealed and patterned glass used in decorative and general glazing applications.
  4. Processed laminated and toughened glass (tempered glass).
  5. Processed multi-layered glass, whether laminated or insulated units
  6. Processed glass laminated with other materials such as polycarbonate


  • This Standard is not intended to restrict the use of materials or determine whether materials or processed units are fit for purpose.
  • This Standard is not intended to cover glass for mirrors or coated glass with reflectance greater than 50%
  • All other quality requirements not covered in this Standard should be agreed between Glasshape and the customer prior to any contract being entered into.

The following documents are referred to in this Standard:

  • AS1288 Glass in buildings—Selection and installation
  • NZS4223 Glazing in Buildings
  • 4223.3 Part 3: Human Impact Safety Requirements

For the purposes of this Standard the definitions in AS 1288 and those below apply:

NOTE: The definitions do not apply to in-service damage.

3.1 Vision interference angle

The acute angle between the pane of the glass and the vertical plane perpendicular to the wall, such plane including the observer when the glass is examined in accordance with Clause 9.2.2.

3.2 Blemishes
3.2.1 Bow

Deviation from straightness or flatness. 

3.2.2 Bubble

Gas-filled cavity in the glass. If close to the surface it may appear as an ‘open’ bubble, i.e. a hemisphere at the surface. Bubbles may be spherical or elongated (also called blister or seed).

3.2.3 Bubble line

Gassing where strings of bubbles are clustered around longitudinal lines.

3.2.4 Chip

A small shallow piece of glass that has become detached from the plate edge and attached to the face of the sheet. The word ‘chip’ is also often taken to denote the blemish that is left at the edge after the chip has fallen out.

3.2.5 Corners on/off

Nib on or near a corner of a sheet.

3.2.6 Delamination

An area in laminated glass where the glass sheet has separated from the laminate in a localized area

3.2.7 Distortion

Undulations in the glass, which cause objects to appear distorted or wavy, when viewed through the glass.

3.2.8 Edge quality

Edge defect includes vents, shells, flakes, chips, wave, sharks teeth, nibs, and corners on/off.

3.2.9 Edge vent

Cracks that run in from the edge of the glass.

3.2.10 Flange

Bevel-like protrusion above the cut edge, but different from a corner ‘on’ in that it often has a razor sharp edge.

3.2.11 Inclusion

A crystalline or a non-crystalline particle entrapped in glass.

3.2.12 Nib

Section of glass remaining on or removed from the edge of a sheet, caused by a score mark not continuing right through to the traverse mark.

3.2.13 Process surface imperfections

Slight surface imperfections that originated in the process, which can be small particles of foreign materials on either surface or surface irregularities.

3.2.14 Rub

Abrasion on the glass surfaces producing a frosted appearance. A rub differs from a scratch in that it has an appreciable width.

3.2.15 Ream

Regions of different compositions within the glass mass, usually seen as bands of lines parallel to an edge on float glass.

3.2.16 Shark’s teeth

Prominent features in the cut edges, extending from the score mark through part or all of the thickness.

3.2.17 Scar

Scratch on the surface of the glass.

3.2.18 Scratch

Any marking or tearing of the surface produced during manufacturing or handling, appearing as though it were done by a sharp or rough instrument.

3.2.19 Shell

Similar to a chip, but often larger and occurring on the face opposite the score mark.

3.2.20 Stain

Breakdown of the glass surface due to the presence of other chemicals, e.g. concrete splash. May be difficult to detect unless silvered or coated with ceramic paint.

3.2.21 Vent

See edge vent.

3.2.22 Vented inclusion

Crack in the glass surface caused by the existence of an inclusion.

3.3 Descriptions of terms specific to this Standard
3.3.1 Laminated glass

Glass consisting of two sheets of glass permanently bonded together by one or more sheets of plastic interlayer. Multi-laminated glass

Glass consisting of more than two sheets of glass permanently bonded together by sheets of plastic interlayer.

3.3.2 Laminated safety glass

Laminated glass that satisfies the test requirements of the relevant safety glazing material standards.

3.3.3 Ordinary annealed glass

Glass cooled gradually during manufacture in an annealing operation to reduce residual stresses and strains that occur during cooling.

3.3.4 Patterned annealed glass

Rolled flat glass having a pattern on one or both surfaces.

3.3.5 Toughened glass

Glass that is subjected to special heat or chemical treatment so that the residual surface compression stress and the edge compression stress is greater than heat-strengthened glass.

NOTE: Toughened glass is also known as tempered glass.

3.3.6 Toughened safety glass

Glass converted to a safety glass by subjection to a process of prestressing so that if fractured, the entire piece disintegrates into small, relatively harmless particles. The residual surface compression is a minimum of 69 Mpa.

3.3.7 Heat strengthened glass

Glass with higher levels of mechanical strength by subjection to a process of prestressing so that if fractured, the glass will break into large piece of which could be harmful if not laminated. The residual surface compression is a minimum of 35 Mpa.

 3.3.8 Printed glass

A single sheet of glass that has ceramic ink imbedded into one surface by subjection to a process of either digitally,  screened or roll on applied, of which is then fired into the surface permanently when put through the toughening process. Includes single or multi-colours, partial or full cover, with varying opacities.

3.3.9 Heat-absorbing glass

Glass for absorbing appreciable portions of radiant energy, especially solar energy.

3.3.10 Tinted (toned) and printed glass

Glass with a material added to give it a light and/or heat-reducing capability and colour.

NOTE: The colour of tinted, heat-absorbing glass is a major consideration for either design or aesthetic reasons or for colour matching requirements. Tinted heat-absorbing glass should be viewed as installed for colour comparison. Colours may vary considerably from batch to batch, depending on the manufacturer of the raw stock, and from run to run.

4.1 Type 1

Annealed glass, clear or tinted (heat-absorbing)–general glazing, and multi-glazing, quality.

4.2 Type 2

Toughened glass (tempered glass), including toughened safety glass, clear or tinted (heat-absorbing)–general glazing and multi-glazing quality.

4.3 Type 3

Laminated annealed glass, including laminated safety glass, clear or tinted (heat-absorbing)—general glazing and multi-glazing quality.

4.4 Type 4

Laminated toughened glass (laminated tempered glass), clear or tinted (heat-absorbing)—general glazing and multi-glazing quality.

4.5 Type 5

Multi-Layered Laminated annealed and toughened glass, clear or tinted (heat-absorbing)—general glazing and multi-glazing quality.

4.6 Type 6

Patterned annealed and toughened glass—general glazing and multi-glazing quality.

4.7 Type 7

Printed toughened monolithic glass, clear or tinted (heat-absorbing)–—general glazing and multi-glazing quality.

4.8 Type 8

Printed toughened laminated glass, clear or tinted (heat-absorbing)–general glazing and multi-glazing quality.

5.1 Ordinary annealed glass

Ordinary annealed glass is intended for general glazing where safety glass is not a requirement, whilst functional or aesthetic characteristics are a consideration and where limited, minor surface blemishes are not a major concern.

 5.2 Laminated annealed safety glass

Laminated annealed glass is intended for glazing where safety glass is a requirement, functional or aesthetic/ visual clarity without distortion characteristics are a high consideration, whilst increased mechanical strength is not a requirement.

5.3 Multi-layered Laminated annealed safety glass

Multi-layered Laminated annealed glass is intended for glazing where extra safety and security is a requirement, functional or aesthetic/ visual clarity without distortion characteristics are a high consideration.

5.4 Toughened safety glass

Toughened glass is intended for general glazing applications, where toughened glass is the appropriate glass for strength for Grade A safety glazing material

5.5 Toughened laminated safety glass

Toughened laminated safety glass is intended for general glazing applications that have an increased requirement for strength, or where the toughened glass must remain together even once broken.

5.6 Toughened Multi-layered laminated safety glass

Toughened multi-layered laminated safety glass is intended for specialized glazing applications where requirement for mechanical strength is critical and where the toughened glass must remain together even once broken.

5.7 Laminated safety glass

Laminated safety glass is intended for general glazing applications that have a requirement for a Grade A safety glazing material, in accordance with AS 1288 or NZS 4223.3.

5.8 Patterned glass

Patterned glass is intended for general glazing where decorative characteristics are a consideration and, where limited, minor surface blemishes are not a major concern.

5.9 Printed glass

Printed glass is intended for general and specialized glazing where decorative characteristics or edge boarders are a consideration and, where limited, minor surface and printing blemishes are accepted as characteristic of the product.

6.1 Edge

An edge shall be cut or otherwise treated as required, such as ground or sanded to remove sharp edges only, polished, bevelled or mitred.

6.2 Dimensional tolerances

Tolerances for length, width, thickness, squareness, flatness shall be in accordance with Tables 1, 2 and 3, as appropriate.

6.3 Imperfections

Imperfections shall not be greater than those listed in Tables 1, 2, 3 & 4, where the customer shall agree to the level of quality deemed acceptable at time of contract being drawn.

Table 1 Dimensional Tolerances for Glass Types 1 2 6 & 7
Table 2 Dimensional Tolerances for Glass Types 3 4 5 8
7.1 The flatness of panels shall be within the following limits:
  • Localized warp 1.0 mm over any 200 mm span.
  • Overall bow and warpage as given in Table 3.
Table 3 Bow Limits for Glass of Std nominal thickness
8.1 Blemishes shall not be greater than those listed in Table 4.

For examples see appendices 1 & 2

Table 4 maximum allowable imperfections per m2
9.1 Determination of maximum and minimum thickness
9.1.1 Apparatus

The following apparatus is required:

  • Plate micrometer graduated to 0.01 mm and with 55 mm diameter plates.
  • Point micrometer with 60° included angle anvil with 0.3 mm radius, or apparatus to give an equivalent measurement.
9.1.2 Procedure

The procedure shall be as follows:

  • At four appropriate locations approximately equally spaced around the perimeter of the glass pane, measure the actual thickness using the plate micrometer. The maximum measured thickness shall be taken as the maximum thickness.
  • At four appropriate locations approximately equally spaced around the perimeter, measure the actual thickness using the point micrometer. The minimum thickness shall be taken as the minimum thickness.

NOTE: The appropriate locations for thickness measurement for patterned glass are at the peaks for maximum thickness measurements, and the bottom of valleys for minimum thickness measurements.

 9.2 Edge quality

Using a torch or other suitable lighting to highlight edge quality, visually inspect the glass for faults and/or blemishes, e.g. vents, flanges, flakes, chips, wave, shark’s teeth, nibs, corners on/off. Blemish size and frequency shall not be greater than shown in Table 4.

When assessing edge quality the following criteria shall be considered:

  • The distance the damage extends into the thickness of the glass.
  • Whether the edge defect is likely to cause breakage in transit or in a subsequent free falling, cutting or glazing process, or in use.
 9.2.2 Surface Quality

Bubbles, inclusion, vented inclusion, Stains, surface vents, process surface imperfections, scratches, scars, rubs, edge band imperfections and distortions

Place the glass in a vertical position with day light in the back ground but not in direct sunlight. A suitable light source with horizontal and/or vertical lines may be used in lieu of daylight when checking for distortion.

View the panel from a perpendicular position and at an angle not less than 45 degrees. The imperfections shall not be visible from the specified distance agreed in clause 10.

9.2.3 Flatness

Flatness measurements shall be checked against a straightedge with the panes standing within 5° of vertical and measurement taken horizontally. Interpolation will be required for non-standard thicknesses.

 9.2.4 Notes on Distortion
  • Visual distortion in glass clad polycarbonate is an inherent property of the product itself due to the chemical structure and manufacturing process. When glass is laminated to polycarbonate it does not remove this distortion and can at times increase the visual effects of the distortion. This is an expected and inherent property of polycarbonate and customers ordering this product do so with the understanding that any distortion visible is acceptable and is not a reason to request a replacement piece.
  • Visual distortion in thick and multi-laminated glass, is an inherent property of the product itself due to the amount of glass being viewed through and manufacturing process. All laminated glass has varying levels of distortion, but this visual effect is increased as more glass and laminate is added. This is an expected and an inherent property of thick laminated and multi-laminated glass and customers ordering this product do so with the understanding that there may be distortion visible of which is acceptable and is not a reason to request a replacement piece.
  • Distortion can occur in toughened glass and heat strengthened glass due to the heat treatment process and is called “roller wave”. The effect appears in the form of distortion bands 250-300mm apart horizontally or vertically. It is more noticeable if the bands are glazed vertically and/or if reflective glass is used. Heat-treated glass may also experience bow and Low-E glass may exhibit a distorted area in the centre of the pane. Manufacturing tolerances for surface flatness for roller wave are specified in clause 7 Table 3.
  • Surface distortion for heat treated glass shall not be measured within a 150 mm band from the edge of the glass panel, as distortion in this area is a result of localized warpage from the heating process.
10.1 Tiered Quality Levels

Due to the wide range of quality requirements from the diverse industries Glasshape serve, a tiered level of quality is offered based on the distance imperfections are viewed from. These levels are;

  • Marine Quality Glass Standard – Panels are viewed as per clause 9.2.2 from a distance of 1.5 meters. The number of imperfections visible shall not exceed those detailed on Table 4. The term ‘Marine Quality Glass’ is defined as any glass being installed for use in a super yacht or luxury water vessel.
  • Architectural Glass Standard – Panels are viewed as per clause 9.2.2 from a distance of 3.0 meters. The number of imperfections visible shall not exceed those detailed on Table 4. The term ‘Architectural Glass’ is defined as glass being installed anywhere other than on a super yacht or luxury water vessel.

NB: The person inspecting must have good vision quality with no known vision disorders. He must be viewing the panel from the centre most area.

10.2 Allowable Inspection Time

The following details the maximum allowable time (seconds) to inspect glass panels for all defects listed in this standard.

  • < 1.0 m²: 30 seconds
  • ≥1.0 m²: 60 seconds
10.3    Panel Area Definition
  • Viewing Area – Centre portion of the panel which makes up 50% of the height and width. The centre point is taken from the intersection of diagonal lines from corner points.
  • Mid-Section – Area outside of the viewing area and between the viewing area and margin.
  • Margin – Border area of the panel comprising the 10% of the total height or width. The margin area is not included in any black out of frit borders.
Appendix 1: Defect Example
End Use – Laminated Toughened Marine Glass
  1. Marine Standard – Visible defects from 1.5 metres (clause 10.1). Allowable inspection time as per clause 10.2
  2. The diagram below demonstrates the allowable size and location of defects in a panel of DuraShield Marine.
  3. All defects shown are between 0.5mm – 1.5mmDefect Example 1 Marine Laminated Toughened
Appendix 2: Defect Example
End Use – Laminated Toughened Marine Glass
  1. Marine Standard – Visible defects from 1.5 metres (clause 10.1). Allowable inspection time as per clause 10.2
  2. The diagram below demonstrates the allowable size and location of defects in a panel of DuraShield Marine.
  3. All defects shown are between 0.5mm – 1.5mmDefect Example 2 Marine Laminated Toughened
Appendix 3: Defect Example
End Use – Marine Glass with Blackout Border
  1. Marine Standard – Visible defects from 1.5 metres (clause 10.1). Allowable inspection time as per clause 10.2
  2. Dot fade from the edge of the solid edge band must be viewed and inspected following clause 10.2 and table 2
  3. Dimensional tolerances of glass panels, stamps and black out borders see table 2Marine Blackout inspection
Appendix 4: Inspection Method

The diagrams below show the correct viewing position and method of inspection as detailed in clause 9.2.2 and 10

Inspection Distances

Inspection Angles

Installation Instructions

DuraShield Installation Instructions can be downloaded from here

Warranties, Terms & Conditions

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