CLEAR / FLOAT GLASS
Clear Float Glass is superior in quality when compared to other flat glass and has the unique characteristics of excellent surface finishing, flatness, uniform thickness, high optical quality and bright appearance. The float process was developed in the late 1950's. Float technology has been rapidly replacing plate and sheet facilities worldwide in recent decades. Float glass derives it name from the Float process used where the molten glass floats on the top of molten tin.
A float glass light fitting. Ordinary float glass is green in thicker sheets due to Fe2+ impurities.
Today, float glass is the most widely used form of glass in consumer products. Due to both its high quality with no additional polishing required and its structural flexibility during production, it can easily be shaped and bent into a variety of forms while in a heated, syrupy state. This makes it ideal for a variety of applications such as...
Automobile glass (e.g. windshields, windows, mirrors)
Furniture (e.g. in tables and shelves)
Windows and doors
Most forms of specialized glass such as toughened glass, frosted glass, laminated safety glass and soundproof glass consist of standard float glass that has been further processed.