Trade names:

Float glass, tempered safety glass (ESG), laminated safety glass (VSG), ornamental glass, mirrors (EN 1036-1)

Description:
Glass is an amorphous material (amorphous = Greek "without shape, shapeless"). It is a hard yet brittle product of fusion consisting of several inorganic materials (quartz sand, sodium carbonate, dolomite, limestone, sulphate, colorant). Thermodynamically speaking, glass can be described as a frozen, supercooled liquid. This definition applies to all substances that have been molten and rapidly cooled. Through further processing steps like extremely fast cooling or when joining two glass panes with the help of a laminated film, it is possible to influence the fracture toughness of glass.

Mirrors are manufactured by covering glass with a silver and/or special lacquer coating as these layers produce a reflection effect. The quality of mirrors can vary greatly and depends on the degree of reflectivity.

Advantages:
Translucent; resistant to air, water and many chemicals; hygienic as it can be easily cleaned; can be used as a design element or for sound insulation.

Bonding:
Bonding glass with wood or wood-based materials is relatively unproblematic. However, an elastic adhesive (e.g. Pattex PL 300) should be used for this purpose. Take care that the wooden materials have a sufficiently high content of moisture that is required for later use. Otherwise, stress may be transmitted from the wood to the glass or mirror due to possible wood expansion and contraction.

If the bond is visible, an adhesive should be used that becomes glass-clear after curing (e.g. Pattex Kraftmix or Loctite 3430). Even glass materials can be bonded with each other, e.g. when building showcases or glass cabinets. This can best be done with the help of special UV-curing glass adhesives.