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Obscure Glass

Obscure Glass

Obscure glass


What is obscure glass?

This type of glass is one that reduces the level of visibility through the pane. The upside is you can limit how much is visible through the glass to gain privacy into a bathroom, for example. However, the downside is that light, in most cases, is also reduced. Privacy is defined on a rating scale of 1 to 5. Level 1 is just above transparent with some visibility through the glass. On the opposite side of the scale, level 5 offers some light transmission through the glass with complete privacy.


The Everest range of obscure glass

White Diffusa

Privacy level 5


Acid etched

This uses an acid, caustic or abrasive substance to remove a tiny amount of the surface glass creating a slightly rough overlay. It’s used to apply a frost translucent appearance to an entire pane of glass or can be used to create artistic and geometric patterns. It can also enable the application of numbers and words to a glass panel, such as a house name or number. The level of privacy is defined by the amount of decoration added, as the etching makes the glass opaque.

Laural

Privacy level 2

Canterbury

Privacy level 2


Textured glass

Unlike etched glass where the design is added to clear glass post-production textured glass has the pattern pressed into the glass during manufacture while the glass is still in its molten state on the production line. As a result, there is a wide range of options and styles that enable varying levels of privacy.

Warwick

Privacy level 1

Chantilly

Privacy level 2

Minster

Privacy level 2

Sycamore

Privacy level 2

Taffeta

Privacy level 3

Digital

Privacy level 3

Autumn

Privacy level 3

Mayflower

Privacy level 4

Florielle

Privacy level 4

Oak

Privacy level 4

Charcoal

Privacy level 4

Stippolyte

Privacy level 4

Arctic

Privacy level 4

Contora

Privacy level 4

Arena

Privacy level 4

Pelerine

Privacy level 5

Cotswold

Privacy level 5

Everglade

Privacy level 5

FAQs

Choosing new windows can be a daunting task, so to help you here are some popular FAQs which you might find useful.

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    How is obscure glass made?
    There are 2 types of obscure glass which is either acid etched which creates a frosted appearance and is made by taking a standard glass sheet and applying acid which creates the frosting appearance this can then be etched to create patterns. Some obscure glass has a texture applied which is added in the manufacturing process by passing over special moulds to create the effect. Everest offers arrange of both acid etched and textured glass.
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    Can you see through frosted glass?
    Obscure and frosted glass is rated in levels of privacy from 1 to 9 with 1 being almost transparent to 9 which is totally opaque and not possible to see through. Frosted glass can offer a range of privacy levels as this is dependent on the amount of decorative etching applied.
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    What is the difference between frosted glass and obscure glass?
    Obscure glass is a category name for any glass type that offers some level of a reduction in transparency. Frosted glass offer this ability to reduce visibility through the glass and is distinguished by its white opaque frosting.
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    What other types of glass are available?
    You may be surprised by the number of glass options for your new windows, and it is important to understand which would be best suited for your requirements. Standard glass is called ‘Low E’ and is a great all round option for energy efficiency. Low Iron glass offers high clarity and energy efficiency. Toughened glass is five times stronger than regular glass and laminated glass, contains a plastic interlayer offering better insulation and resistance against damage.

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