Man-made glass has been tracked back to around 3000 BC in Syria, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. The Ancient Romans used glass extensively and spread the skill and know-how across Europe and into the top of Africa. The use of decorative glass in Dubai is not a new concept. The Burj Dubai is partly made up of more than 28 000 hand cut glass panels that were installed by specialized glaziers brought in from China. The Burj Khalifa is the highest façade in the world made up of glass and aluminium. There are many good glass companies in Dubai who can take care of your glazing needs.
Whatever application you want to use glass for, do some research first on your options. Read on as your starting point.
Sandblasting is the process of pitting the surface of the glass using a high pressure ‘sand hose’. Depending on the look you require, the size of the grains of sand and the pressure used are varied. The result is a matt finish that has diminished opacity in contrast to the clear opaque and shiny finish of glass that is not sandblasted. Using a masking technique, images can be created on the glass making use of the contrasting matte and polished finish created by blasting.
Decals can offer the sandblasted look without the sandblasting. A decal is a vinyl or plastic sticker that can be made to spec and cut to the desired shape. This offers you the option of adding your company logo, an image or lettering to a glass surface after installation or on an existing surface. This is much simpler than attempting to sandblast the glass, for example, in an existing window. Decals, like most adhesive products, have a lifespan and will need to be replaced or removed after a few years. Removal of the decal can cause scratching on your glass surface, and should ideally be done by professional interior fit out companies in Dubai.
Mirrors, while acknowledging their obvious function of reflecting our image back to ourselves, are a fantastic addition to any room. Mirrors are reflective glass. Mirrors create the illusion of greater space, reflect the outside back into the inside, reflect and refract light, and can make 10 flickering candles look like 1000 flickering candles. If you want a more sophisticated look, bevelling the edges of your mirrors will achieve the desired result. The process of bevelling is taking a thicker mirror or piece of glass and creating an angled edge to the glass that is aesthetically pleasing.
Large panes of custom-made glass, curved windows, external mirrored building cladding, glass to fit into uniquely designed architectural spaces is a specialized field of glass manufacture with the associated specialized machinery. With construction work booming in the growing UAE, and Dubai boasting a fair number of large, cutting-edge design sky rises and buildings, specialist manufacturer of glass installations there is a wealth of experience waiting to be mined in this area.
Stained glass is the art of creating images and picture through the use of different colored shapes of glass all individually framed, with a thin ‘strip’ of lead, to create a larger whole. The stained glass technique has been in use for hundreds of years and modern day technology has simplified the art form, making stained glass windows and doors a possibility for the average wallet. This allows you to complete, fix or maintain your building’s old world charm. Stained Glass installations in Dubai are very common.
Unlike etched or sandblasted glass, which can also have patterns on it, patterned glass has the patterns moulded into it. Marine themes, swirls, floral, striations, and geometrics all offer an opacity which is ideal for bathrooms, showers, glass partitioning, and garages. As the manufacture of patterned glass is more complex and expensive than etching into the glass, it is usually not a bespoke product, but an ‘off the shelf’ product.
Stained glass allows all sorts of creative fun. Stained glass is not only effective for creating an exciting aesthetic, but it can also be used for cutting glare and harmful UV rays. Glass is either colored in the process of manufacture or tinted post-production. In post-production tinting, a thin colored adhesive skin is applied to the glass. The longevity of using an adhesive color is always in question. The adhesive covering does have a finite lifespan, and this lifespan is dependent on the position of the glass about the sun, and the quality of the product used.