Have you ever walked past a commercial building and seen your reflection staring back at you? If you’ve tried to fix your hair while gazing into one of these reflective windows, you’ve witnessed the magic of one-way glass.
This type of glass is growing in popularity and can be seen in both commercial and residential architecture. But how is it crafted, and why is it used?
In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company explains the components of one-way glass and its many uses.
What is One-Way-Glass?
One-way glass, also referred to as half-silvered mirror glass, is transparent on one side and reflective on the other. A metallic coating is applied to one side of the glass, making it reflective to light.
To be effective, the reflective coating side must face brighter light than the non-reflective side. When conditions are correct, people on the coated side will see a more reflective, mirror-like surface, and those on the non-reflective side will see the glass as a standard transparent window.
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The most apparent benefit to this type of glass is privacy. Workers inside a commercial business or doctor’s office do not want to be stared at by passers-by, which is why one-way glass is often seen on commercial office buildings.
One-way glass is also a stylish way for residential homeowners to enjoy privacy while allowing maximum natural light in the home. It can be used on windows, sliding doors, and glass partitions.
One-Way Glass Considerations
If you’re considering installing this type of glass on your commercial or residential building, It’s important to remember that lighting conditions determine its reflective effect.
If the reflective side of the glass is facing the exterior of your building, you’ll achieve maximum privacy during daylight hours. But because the reflective nature of glass will diminish at night, you’ll need to consider adding curtains or shades for night-time privacy.
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