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Common glass types & how they are made

by Maria Elena Casillas 03/17/2024

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Since discovery, glass has been marveled at and used for years. The reflective substance can be used in small handheld mirrors, doors, windows and comes with many benefits to make life a bit easier.  

What are the most common types of glass?

Float glass is one of the most common types of glasses seen in many residential and commercial properties. This glass type is made from floating molten glass in a process where the molten glass is emptied into a large tin, allowing it to be shaped into a glass panel. 

Tempered glass is another super common type of glass used in different structures and holds popularity for its additional strength in comparison to other types of glass. 

Laminated glass is used in most models of cars, as it’s strong enough to endure many of the bumps and other forces vehicles can be subject to. This glass type is made from two layers of float glass and a thin layer of PVB resin in between the panels. 

What is the strongest glass?

One of the strongest glasses often used in construction is tempered or toughened glass. This glass is about four times stronger than annealed glass and is made through a series of heating and cooling treatments. 

What are the advantages & disadvantages of glass in construction?

Glass serves many purposes during construction and comes with many advantages to the building process. Glass is an excellent insulator, as it doesn’t conduct electricity it makes for a great tool to create ceiling lights. 

On the other hand, many glass types can only take a limited amount of force before shattering, so the material must be handled with extra care. 

There are many useful things we use in our everyday lives composed of glass. With new technologies being created constantly, who knows what advantageous pieces will be made next.

About the Author

Maria Elena Casillas


You don’t need to do this alone. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and I have been in the industry for over 20 years, after earning my degree in Business Management and successive studies in Human Resources and Technology. Never content to let my education lapse, I also received a certification in Negotiation Skills from Pepperdine University and attended courses at Stanford University. A leader in the field, I am a member of the Santa Clara Board of Realtors and served as a professional standards ombudsman for 8 years. I completed a term as the President of the National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate’s Santa Clara chapter in 2016, now serving as this organization’s National Vice President. I pursued additional in-depth training to achieve professional designations as an ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), CRS (Certified Professional Specialist), and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist), GREEN certification, and RCS-D (Divorce Real Estate Specialist). Far from being a meaningless alphabet soup, this demonstrates how proactive I am in pursuing the latest knowledge so that I completely prepared to satisfy all my sellers' and buyers' unique needs. I am committed to Excellence!