Before it is made, all glass must go through a molten state. How a glass manufacturer casts it determines the type of final product. Flat glass, otherwise known as float glass, is spread out in thin sheets during the liquid (molten) state, making for a perfectly flat piece that can be used for various applications.
Flat glass can come in a variety of looks to fit your specific project needs. The most common flat glass products are typically clear, tinted, or patterned glass. However, we stock many other types of flat glass in our facility. We purchase many varieties of flat glass from glass manufacturers so you have multiple options of glass to fit your specific needs. See below for examples of the flat glass products we provide.
Flat Glass Options
- Low Iron
- Pattern Glass
- Laminated Safety Glass
- Tempered Safety Glass
- Wire Glass
- Fire-Rated Glass
- Insulated Glass Units
- Heat Resistant Pyroceram
- Frosted Glass
Clear flat glass is the most requested glass. It is manufactured from raw recycled materials and “floated” into large sheets. Clear flat glass can be cut, drilled, polished, tempered, and made into almost any finished product to meet your exact specifications.
Virtually colorless in appearance, low-iron glass is manufactured with a reduced iron content, making for less of that typical greenish tint in most clear glass. Low-Iron glass can be tempered, laminated, and used for all applications popular in:
- Shower doors
- Display cabinets
- Store fixtures
Why choose low-iron glass? Why choose low-iron glass? Because it offers you the most clarity available. That is why low-iron glass is becoming a popular choice for professionals and homeowners alike. Its benefits include:
- Exceptional clarity
- Colorless appearance
- Higher light transmissions
- Great for painted glass
Tinted glass is flat glass that has color added during the manufacturing process. We carry multiple tints that will give your project a distinctive look. Call us the next time you are looking for something different. Tinted glass may just be solution you are looking for!
Northwestern Glass Fab offers a variety of patterned glass products to enhance the look of any glass wall, shower door, shelving unit, or more.
Laminated Safety Glass
Northwestern Glass Fabrication offers a variety of laminated safety glass. Water jet cutting allows us to custom cut our glass to any shape and size. We stock:
- Clear, Laminated Glass 3/16″ to 3/8″
- Bronze, Gray, and Green 1/4″
- White Hue Laminated 1/4″
- Custom Colors and Interlayers Available
- Laminated Marker Boards
- Bullet and Blast Resistant Glass
Tempered Safety Glass
New in 2018, Northwestern Glass Fab began operating a high-speed tempering oven that is designed to service our glazing, commercial interiors, manufacturing, and store fixture customers. This, along with our existing glass fabrication capabilities, means we do everything in our facility, allowing us the flexibility to meet your tight deadlines.
As its name suggests, wire glass is inlaid with wire. However, it also meets some fire-rated conditions. Its main purpose is to be able to withstand thermal shock during a fire, and it is typically used in doors or sidelites. To meet safety codes, a protective film can also be applied when necessary.
Northwestern Glass Fab is a stocking distributor for Vetrotech’s Keralite high temperature ceramic glass. We custom cut Keralite ceramic glass to any size up to 44” x 96” and transport to your location on our glass delivery trucks. We also stock and custom cut the fire-rated wire glass to meet all your needs, including:
- 5/16” Keralite Select L (laminated)
- 1/4” Polished and Patterned Wire Glass
- 3/16” Fireplace Ceramic
- 1/8” Pyrex
- ¼” 20 minutes Fire-Rated Pyro Swiss available
Northwestern Glass Fab offers custom polished and beveled mirrors in any shape or size. Our experience is reflected in everything we do.
- Clear Mirror 3/32” to ¼”
- Tinted Mirror ¼”
- Ultra Clear Low Iron Mirror 1/8” and ¼”
- Stock Polished Vanity Mirrors
- Stock Beveled Oval Mirrors
- Safety Backed Mirrors
Insulated glass consists of two or more panes of glass that are separated using a spacer to create a space of air between them. They are then sealed around the edges to prevent moisture from penetrating that space. This glass fabrication technique helps to minimize the transfer of hot or cold air, making it an energy-efficient window option for homes and businesses.
- Custom Shapes and Sizes
- Clear, Low E, Tinted and Patterned Glass
- Custom Grids and Muntins
- Triple Pane Units
- Argon Gas Filled
- Warm Edge Spacers Available
Heat Resistant Pyroceram
Pyroceram glass is a heat-resistant glass-ceramic product that can tolerate high temperatures, making it an excellent choice for applications such as fireplaces, ovens, heat insulators, architectural lighting, and more.
This glass look is produced by acid etching regular, clear glass to give it a smooth, satin-like appearance. Benefits include a luxurious look, easy maintenance, and the admission of soft light into the space.
We use only the highest quality glass products from the industry leaders in glass manufacturing. You can be assured that you will always receive fully inspected and top-quality products from Northwestern Glass Fab. For more information about our flat glass products and services, contact us at 763-762-1750 today.