Arch Aluminum and Glass is the premier family owned US glass fabricator. With over 25 years of experience in glass and glazing products we can provide the, consistency, quality, and expertise you rely on to get the job done.
Basic Architecural Series
The Arch Basic Series is the backbone of today’s fast paced building environment. When you need it. Where you need it. The product and services you depend on to build success starts with the Basic Architectural Glazing Series.
STOCK & DISTRIBUTION:
Arch Glass still prides itself in the distribution of both cases and stock sheets along with cut size orders. With the ability to ship loose lite or crated, many customers still look to Arch for their stock supply. Vast product supplies and quick turnarounds enable Arch’s customers to keep their in house inventories to a minimum, thus reducing or eliminating the burden of high overhead costs. As Your True Single Source, Arch Glass, can be counted upon for all your glass needs.
- Laminated glasses
Most Thickness Available: 1/16″ (2.5mm), 1/8″ (3.0mm), 3/16″ (5.0mm), 1/4″ (6.0mm), 3/8″ (10mm), and 1/2″ (12mm)
Traditionally pattern glass products have been used to obscure vision areas requiring privacy but allowing virtually the same light transmission as clear glass. The level of obscurity depends on the pattern which has been imprinted into the glass as it is made. This process of rolling the still hot and soft glass imparts a 3 dimensional texture to one side. The opposite side is relatively flat. The most common use of pattern glass is office screening, decorative partitions, rest room facilities, patio furniture, shower doors and entryways. Arch Aluminum stocks a wide variety of pattern glass from 1/8″ up to and including 1/2″ thicknesses. We can provide a single cut size lite, case quantities, or whole truck loads depending on your needs. Traditionally there are many different patterns that have been produced by a variety of manufacturers. Some patterns may no longer be produced or available in limited quantities only. Not all patterns or processes are available in all locations but our network of branches across America can ship virtually anywhere. Available with common fabrication for holes, notches and hinge cut outs. These products are typically available as both tempered and insulated. Not all patterns are available at each location. Contact your local Arch representative for availability, limitations and leadtimes.
Some Available Thicknesses
1/8″ (3.0mm), 3/16″ (5.0mm), 1/4″ (6mm), 3/8″ (10mm), and 1/2″ (12mm)
AVAILABLE GLASS PATTERNS:
- Sateen 100
- Pattern 62
- Glue chip
Arch insulated glass is available in many options. Clear glass as well as the standard tints may be specified in combination with pyrolytic or soft coat low-E glass. Spectrally selective glazing, spandrels, and laminates can be combined to provide the design professional with a palette of color that not only looks good but will provide the comfort levels in heating, cooling, and lighting that today’s projects require.
Designed with dual seal technology and assembled in climate controlled conditions, Arch’s insulated glass will perform for years to come. Arch incorporates glass products complying to ASTM C1036 and sealant technology that passes the rigorous testing required to meet ASTM E 2190 for durability. Our standard warranty provides 10 years of worry free non pro rated protection. Coupled with independent plant audits and routine laboratory testing by the Insulated Glass Certification Council you can be assured your installation will be performing for years to come. For true single source supply combine Arch insulated with one of the many framing options available. From simple storefront to structural silicone glazing, or impact resistance, there is an option to fit your requirements and your budget.
HEAT TREATED GLASS:
Heat treating is a process that imparts additional strength to flat glass products. Heating and cooling cycles are carefully controlled to produce Heat Strengthened or Fully Tempered glass. Heat strengthened glass is twice as strong as annealed glass but retains the same breakage characteristics. Defined by ASTM C 1048 to have a surface compression of 7500psi or less, Heat Strengthened glass is not considered a safety glazing material. Heat is the preferred process to resist thermal stress and provide additional load resistance when needed.
Fully tempered glass is four times stronger than annealed glass and is considered a safety glazing material. The strength imparted in the tempering process dramatically increase the ability of fully tempered glass to resist bending forces. The heat treating process does not change the rigidity or deflection characteristics of glass. The very high strain induced in the quenching process will cause the glass to fragment into innumerable small fragments or roughly cubicle pieces. The small fragments are rough and sharp and may interlock. With little structural integrity the majority of the glass often falls from the opening. The interlocking clumps though properly fragmented can and do remain intact until impact with a solid surface. This inherent characteristic and the risk of spontaneous breakage are trade offs for the strength and safety for human impact. The design professional should consider the location and proximity of populated areas below fully tempered glazing. The resulting debris from fallout can cause serious injury. Areas of high risk can usually be accommodated with laminated construction to meet code.
Arch safety glazing products are permanently marked with a logo. This is a trade mark of our organization and it represents our commitment to quality assurance. and is certification of conformance to both ANSI Z 97.1 – 2004 and CPSC 16 CFR 1201. Arch Aluminum is self certified through rigorous in house testing. Each location is also audited by and must provide routine samples to nationally recognized laboratories to verify compliance to industry and government standards. The application of our trade logo to each piece at the time of manufacture is your assurance and our guarantee of compliance. The permanent marking contains information regarding test standards, classification, thickness and branch location. To be considered safety glazing logos must be visible and legible after installation to comply with national building and elevator codes. Arch Aluminum will not certify by temporary label, shipping document or letter any certification of safety glazing. Using or installing any glass in hazardous locations not fully in compliance is unsafe and illegal.
Available in thicknesses from 1/8″ to 3/4″.
The term spandrel, borrowed from Medieval Architecture, meaning the rough triangular area between arched openings. The area was the natural outcome of the design and though unintended became a pallet for artistic detail. This unintended side effect of design has become synonymous with, bounded areas, biological developments or ideas taken from original elements and developed for their own specific applications. The word to describe them is spandrels. In the context of modern architecture, the term spandrel describes the area filling the space between the head of the window in one story and the sill of the window in the story above. The single most sought after feature of all modern spandrel material is the ability to mask the underlying construction from view while presenting a finished surface to the exterior. Solid cladding material such as stone or metal panels provided smooth, polished or decorative relief. By their nature of being solid and opaque, masking underlying construction is assured. Designers seeking artistic contrast or seamless façade with windows or vision glass often turn to that material for their spandrel choice. Glass has the unique and ethereal characteristic of being both solid and transparent. Providing the illusion of nothing while maintaining the integrity and safety of the built environment. Using modern process glass can be colored, shaped, laminated, heat treated and coated with a variety of materials to alter basic characteristics.
There are a number of methods used to produce glass spandrels. The most commonly known is the firing of colored ceramic frit to the glass surface during the heat-treating process. Not as well known but gaining quick acceptance due to low environmental impact are silicone elastomers. Product can be applied using spray, roll or curtain coating equipment. The original transparency of the glass is altered after it is coated. The glass surface with the coating behind now becomes essentially opaque in reflection and exhibits a smooth monolithic surface in the color chosen. Combined with other glass in insulated units or applied directly to reflective or tinted reflective glass surfaces a myriad of choices are available. Arch Aluminum produces both ceramic frit and silicone coated spandrel products. As with any construction product, each coating type has strengths and weaknesses. Ceramic frits are not suitable for all colors or glass products The thin translucent nature of the coated surface will show transmitted or reflected light from the spandrel cavity. For this reason, the coated or interior side is not usable as a finished surface and should always be enclosed or covered with other opaque back up materials. Careful review of the information provided here and consultation with your Arch representative will ensure specifying the right material for your project.
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