Your windows can really make your house stand out, but the glass inside the window plays a large part in it. If you need to replace the glass on a window because it has become damaged, you have the opportunity to select the type of glass that you will be putting back into the frame. There are a couple options for glass replacement that you may not be aware of, with each having its own unique benefits.

Obscure and Pattern

Obscure and patterned glass is typically described as glass that is rolled or etched. Etching is more expensive because it involves a sandblasting or chemical process for chafing the surface. A mask is applied over the glass to protect certain areas, leaving it untouched in the etching process. Etching can be performed on any thickness of glass.

Rolled glass is much cheaper because of the pattern being built in the glass while it is manufactured. The pattern is applied with a mold, roll, or impression process. It helps create a consistent pattern every single time.

Glue Chip

Glue chip glass will add a bit of privacy and class to a window since it offers a frosted texture. The unique design of blue chip allows it to be used for panels dividing rooms, since it can provide privacy while also allowing light into a room.

The manufacturing process involves sandblasting one side of a piece of clear or colored glass, then applying a molten glue mixture that dries on the surface. The glue will shrink as is dries, and pull up glass chips from the piece of glass it was applied on. It's a very unique look that cannot be duplicated.


Glass with low-emissivity (Low-E) has a coating that will reflect infrared light that comes through the glass. In the summer, the glass reflects the infrared heat that causes your home to get warm. In the winter, it keeps the infrared heat inside the house.

Understand that Low-E glass provides a different aesthetic, so view samples under different lighting conditions. You may not like the subtle green-blue hue that it has, and prefer a different type of glass because of it.

Now that you are aware of different glass types, you can make an informed decision about which kind you want for your window. For more information, work with a window glass replacement company such as Ace Glass Inc window replacement.