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    Arctic

    Privacy Level 5
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    Autumn

    Privacy Level 3
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    Cassini

    Privacy Level 5
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    Chantilly

    Privacy Level 2
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    Charcoal

    Privacy Level 4
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    Contora

    Privacy Level 4
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    Cotswold

    Privacy Level 5
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    Digital

    Privacy Level 3
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    Everglade

    Privacy Level 5
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    Flemish

    Privacy level 1
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    Florielle

    Privacy Level 4
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    Mayflower

    Privacy Level 4
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    Minster

    Privacy Level 2
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    Oak

    Privacy Level 4
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    Pereline

    Privacy Level 4
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    Reeded

    Privacy Level 2
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    Stippolyte

    Privacy Level 4
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    Sycamore

    Privacy Level 2
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    Taffeta

    Privacy Level 3
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    Tribal

    Privacy Level 5
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    Warwick

    Privacy Level 1
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    Satin

    Privacy Level 5

obscure glass

Obscure glass is a type of texture that is specifically designed to decrease visibility between two spaces. Obscure glass of any type distorts or obscures the items on the other side of the glass. Whether this is by using colour, textures or patterns. Obscure glass ranges from offering a very slight distortion to completely hiding the items from view, or revealing only silhouettes.

The most common obscure glass is satin glass. Which has been chemically treated to stop it from being transparent, while still allowing light through. Immediately distinctive with its smooth, frosted appearance, satin glass is a versatile and popular form of obscure glass.

the benefits

Our obscure glass windows are designed to provide maximum privacy in rooms that need it most, such as bathrooms. We offer a choice of privacy options which means we can tailor your windows to meet your exact specifications.

Obscured glass may either be frosted, patterned, or textured and the level of privacy offered by each type will depend on the design implemented. Some obscure glass completely blocks the view on the other side of the window, while others just show silhouettes and produce mild distortions.

Safe and secure

In a space where privacy is paramount, choosing obscure glass allows you to maximise the light in the smallest room of your house, while maintaining a sense of seclusion and safety.

Allows natural light to come in

Obscure glass provides complete privacy whilst allowing natural light into the room. This is glass that has been treated using chemicals to give an almost mottled effect on its surface. It is quite hard to see through, leaving only shadows and vague, fuzzy shapes visible through it.

Stylish and decorative

Obscure glass can be stylish, adding a decorative feature with a minimalist design, or bringing embellishment to the environment. Obscure glass can help you soak a small room in sunlight, making it appear twice the size.

Different levels of obscurity

Obscure glass is very versatile. You can choose between obscure glass windows or doors that are almost completely transparent, or ones that are completely opaque. Pilkington textured glass is available in 5 different levels of privacy, allowing you to decide on the best level of opacity for your requirements.

Multiple uses in a number of locations

The flexibility and versatility of obscure glass lends itself to numerous settings. You can bring light and space to a narrow hallway whilst considering home security, by placing an obscure glass panel in a front door.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between frosted and obscure glass?

Frosted glass is one type of obscure glass, revealing a distorted image on the other side of the glass. It can be distinguished by its white opaque frosting, which offers a very hazy transparency. However, this is not the same as being opaque. Obscure glass still allows large amounts of light to pass through it, illuminating an area. While an opaque surface, such as a wall, doesn’t allow any light through.

What are the different patterns for frosted glass?

Frosted glass is available in almost any required pattern. Simple and detailed designs are available with partial obscurity as an option.

Can obscure glass be tempered?

Obscure glass can be tempered to improve strength and remove the risk of shattering. Obscure tempered glass requires much more force to break it than ordinary glass. In the event of breakage, safer fragments are found, instead of larger sharp pieces.

Obscure glass is tempered by heating to high temperatures, then using jets of cold air to provide a cooling effect. As a result, causing the outer layers to cool and contract at a higher rate than the inner material. Thanks to this method, glass is placed under patterns of stress, which in turn greatly increases the force required to shatter the glass. In addition to this, the stress patterns ensure that the obscure toughened glass breaks into the small rounded pieces typical of tempered glass.

What are the different types of obscure glass?

1. Satin Etch

Satin etching is a type of acid etching that results in a smooth, even finish. The level of obscurity can be adjusted by changing the treatment applied to the glass. Satin etched glass has a high level of privacy and is perfect for bathrooms and bedrooms. It diffuses light evenly, providing a soft and relaxing glow.

2. Sandblasted glass

Sandblasting is a technique that uses air pressure to blast sand or other abrasive materials at high speed against a surface. This method can be used on both: flat and curved surfaces.

Sandblasted glass is perfect for areas where a high level of privacy is required. It has a smooth, even surface that obscures the view on the other side of the window. It also diffuses light evenly, providing a soft and relaxing glow.

3. Tinted glass

Tinting is one of the most frequent types of privacy glass for bathrooms. To make tinted glass darker, it is coated with a film, coating, or metal oxide. The amount of light transmitted through the glass is altered as a result of this.

You may still enjoy the view with this type of glass, but people outside won’t be able to see inside.

The most significant advantage of tinted windows is their cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. Aside from privacy and security, it also protects your furniture from fading.

4. Reflective glass

Reflective glass is a type of privacy glass because it has a reduced amount of visibility. It allows you to see what’s going on outside clearly, but not from the other side.

It’s made from high-quality glass that has been metalized, giving it a mirror-like finish. Aside from privacy, reflecting glass is also efficient in lowering solar heat.


Product options

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    Stained Glass

    Ideal for more traditional properties, stained or coloured glass is a simple way to add more colour to your room, while at the same time, providing a good level of privacy.

    You can choose from a selection of designs for your coloured glass.

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    Textured Glass

    A very popular option, textured glass is a rolled glass that has the pattern impressed onto one side in order to create obscurity. This type of obscure glass is translucent and non-transparent, ensuring that the views are distorted, yet still allowing natural light to get in.

    Textured glass is available in many different designs including florals, foliage and geometrics.

Interested in Obscure Glass? Contact us today to get a quote!

How can ETC Windows help you?

Our wealth of experience enables us to advise our customers of the most suitable products and services for them. We constantly review our manufacturers and supply chain in order to source and supply high quality materials at competitive prices.

Our team will guide you through the entire purchasing process from start to finish.

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