A Guide to Acid Etched Windows
Windows and glass panes come in various finishes and styles, such as tinted, etched, frosted, patterned, glazed, and more. Glass patterns and finishes can offer a wide range of design options and homeowners are constantly finding creative ways of incorporating them into their decor.
Acid etched glass is one of the most elegant ways of decorating a residential or commercial building and securing the privacy of the people inside. In this post, we take a closer look at what you should know if you are considering installing acid etched glass in your home.
What is Acid Etched Glass?
As its name suggests, acid-etched glass is treated with a corrosive acid under controlled conditions. Manufacturers apply the treatment to annealed (regular) glass, which they can then temper to become more durable.
Acid-etched glass has a “frosted” look that makes it opaque, giving you privacy. It can also help a window or glass door become more aesthetically pleasing and serve as a text display.
Usually, only one side of the windowpane is etched, but if you want a custom glass pane etched on both sides, it’s possible with the right glass thickness. You can also order etched glass doubled with coloured film on the smooth side, which creates new shades and effects.
Acid Etched vs. Frosted Glass
It’s easy to think that etched glass is another name for frosted glass, but the process is different, as well as the effect. Frosted glass is obtained by blasting annealed glass with sand. Etching is done chemically with an acid.
The difference between the finished products is subtle but evident. Frosted glass is rougher, while acid-etched glass feels smoother to the touch and is easier to clean.
How to Clean Acid Etched Glass Windows
Cleaning and maintaining etched glass is much easier than you think. The best method is to use warm water and a soft sponge to remove dirt. Ensure that you clean the whole etched surface to prevent patches of different finishes.
If there is stubborn staining that doesn’t go away after washing with warm water, you can consider using cleansers. Choose regular window detergents containing alcohol and work your way in circular motions.
The Etched Equation; 3 Benefits of Etched Glass
Here are three of the main benefits of using etched glass in your home or business:
- Aesthetically pleasing: Etched glass is quite popular because of its elegant, modern look.
- Privacy and security: visibly altered for a less translucent finish, providing privacy where needed.
- Low maintenance: easy to clean and care for with minimal investment.
If you’re interested in adding this type of glass finish to your home or place of business, visit a window and glass manufacturer to view samples and discuss your options.
If you’re looking for custom windows in or around Melbourne, Valley Windows offers a one-stop solution. We design, manufacture and install a variety of custom windows and doors, including timber windows with etched glass, framed geometric panes, back-painted panes, aluminium sliding doors, sliding doors, and more. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you or your business.
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