On the float glass market you can find several colors, but the most popular and used in the field of furniture and architecture are four: clear, low-iron, grey, bronze. These colors are available both in the transparent and mirror versions.
The etching treatment is a permanent chemical process that gives to the glass a velvety and soft touch, significantly reducing its transparency, but not the light transmission. The mechanical properties of the glass sheet are not affected by this process. Technical note: upon request, OmniDecor acid-etched glass can be treated on the tin side, to leave the air side free for painting pourposes.
The four glass colors (clear, low-iron, grey, bronze) can be equally etched both in the float and mirrored versions. For back painted colors, it’s possible to paint or enamel the glass sheets after the etching process.
Using dedicated silk screens, OmniDecor developed over the years a unique technique to create partial etchings of the glass sheets. Beautiful decorations, in any shape, come to life thanks to the contrast between the etched and the glossy parts, giving a three-dimensional effect to an otherwise flat surface. Geometrical, natural, flowery, or simple alternating etched/glossy stripes are part of the wide DecorFlou Design collection.
Can I get a custom design? Customization is a strength in OmniDecor’s offer, that collaborates since ever with architects to offer them unique and not replicable solutions. The etched glass is produce with an industrial process, and not on a single piece. This is why we require a minimum of 150sq.m/1600sq.ft to produce a custom pattern. Please ask for your custom design.
In architecture and design sometimes is necessary to have opaque surfaces, but keeping the light passing through. Amongst the different techniques to shield a transparent glass, the most renowned are the acid etching treatment, and the sandblasting treatment, where the difference between the two is due to the manufacturing process. Chemical process: acid-etching treatment. The surface of the glass is attacked by acids, that perform a modification in the aspect of the surface itself, without modifying the mechanical properties. The result is a smooth surface, soft to touch, with the added value of being scratch and fingerprint proof. The acid-etching process is an industrial process, “fast” and reliable, and it’s performed on the whole glass sheet, that guarantees to have a solid and consistent result. Mechanical process: sandblasting. The sandblasting is done shooting a mix of sand and water, with very high pressure, on the surface of the glass. This process “engraves” the glass and leaves it rough to touch. It is a slow process, done on any single piece, and not on the whole glass sheet; unlike a continuous and controlled process, the sandblasting treatment doesn’t guarantee a consistent and solid result, mostly because many elements can change and contribute to give a different result in time.
ome projects require colored glass surfaces, with the color applied on only one side of the glass. There are two different types of colored glass, depending on the kind of paint used, that determines if the glass is temperable or not. OmniDecor produces both versions of colored glass: DecorGem and DecorOpal. DecorGem is a glass where a layer of ceramic enamel is applied on the back, and then heated to high temperature to fix it permanently. The result is a heavy duty enamelling, resistant to scratches and weathering, toughenable, and totally opaque. DecorOpal is on the contrary produced with water-based organic paints, dried with a specific process. It’s a brilliant colored glass, with modern tint shades, non temperable, but available in the Safe version.
Yes, of course. The etching process is done with acid compounds that modify the glass surface. Unlike the film or the etching effect paint, the acid etching is a permanent treatment that lasts over time, and it’s resistant to use and weathering.
OmniDecor offers high quality products, manufactured in a modern plant and in compliance with health, safety and environmental standards. The outcome are top class products, satisfying the needs and expectations of our customers, also thanks to flexibility and an accurate customer service.
Yes, the etching process is a permanent and resistant finishing, both to utilization and weathering. In the home field as well (interior doors, shower partitions, sliding panels, …) there is no risk for the etching side to be ruined or scratched during the normal and everyday use or cleaning. How can I clean an acid-etched glass surface? On the contrary of what is believed, the etched glass is easy to clean and doesn’t require any special maintenance. Let’s distinguish first of all the two environments: home and industrial. To clean a glass door, or the shower enclosures, or an etched tabletop – typical applications of glass for interior – it’s enough to use traditional and standard (non-abrasive) cleansing products. Alcohol or ammonia based detergents will help to degrease the surfaces without ruining them. In industrial environment, after the cutting and grinding operations, it is recommended to wash the glass in washing machines powered with demineralized water, to avoid limestone residuals that could result as a permanent remaining after the tempering process.
OmniDecor offers high quality products, coming from a modern manufacturing plant, and in observance of the strict environmental and security of workplace standards. This means a product range of high quality, since ever appreciated for the reliability of the product and for the accurate customer service.
The backlighting effect changes in function of the thickness of the paint applied. Higher is the transparency needed (to have more luminosity), thinner will be the layer of enamel that has to be applied. In the OmniDecor product range, DecorGem is the appropriate glass to be used for backlighting, that is totally opaque in the standard production, but can be requested for backlighting, with a thinner layer of enamel.
SolidLight is a glass that captures the light coming from a LED source and spreads it on the whole surface, thanks to a special manufacturing on the surface itself. One of the two sides of the glass sheet is manufactured with a special process, that creates a regular grid of small dots. The regular spacing and the increasing size of these special dots, allow to the light coming from a LED stripe to light the glass in its thickness, with a regular intensity. This spreading is possible only if you follow these simple directions: - The LED stripe must be placed in direct contact with one of the 4 sides of the glass panel; - The side where the LED is placed is polished (the other three side can be grinded but nbot polished) - If the LED stipe is parallel to the side with the smaller dots, allowing to the light to move towards the bigger dots. Attention: the side to look at is the one opposite to the processed side.
No. The texture and the pattern disposition can’t be modified.
Yes, you can use glass for flooring, that must be properly tempered and laminated, and compliant to dedicated regulations. DecorFlou AntiSlip is the glass that OmniDecor developed for flooring applications: stairs, floors, footbridges. DecorFlou AntiSlip is available with a roughly etched surface, or with a deeply engraved texture. All the variations have a strong antislip power, certified by the strict regulations in this field. Note: it’s not recommended not to use other product ranges from OmniDecor for flooring applications.
The tempering or toughening process is a thermic manufacturing that allows to the glass to increase its traction resistance, thanks to the opposite traction and compression strengths generated by a quick cooling of the hot mass.
No, not all the glass types can be tempered. Transparent float glass: yes Mirror: no Enamelled glass: yes Back painted glass (water-based paint): no Is the etched glass from omniDecor tempered or temperable? OmniDecor Glass is temperable, but not tempered (except for some products). The tempering process is the very last in glass manufacturing, always performed after cutting and grinding. After the tempering process, is not allowed to do any modification in size or any mechanical manufacturing.
Yes, OmniDecor glass can be bended, except for DecorFlou Mirror, DecorOpal, DecorGem.
Here below, a list of the processes that are allowed with the different product families:
DecorFlou etched glass: all the mechanical and thermical manufacturing (DecorFlou Biflou can be tempered as well, without risk of injury neither for the etched surface nor for the oven rollers)
DecorFlou Design, Fade and Window decorative glass: all the mechanical and termical manufacturing (double side etched glass can be tempered as well, without risk of injury neither for the etched surface nor for the oven rollers)
DecorFlou Mirror etched mirror: only mechanical processes
DecorFlou Reflecting, Gold e Glossy reflective glass: all the mechanical and thermic processes
DecorGem enamelled glass: all the mechanical and thermic processes (no bending process).
DecorOpal painted glass: only mechanical manufacturing
SolidLight: all the mechanical and thermic processes (no bending process)
Mechanical processes include cutting, grinding, holes, beveling
Thermic processes are the tempering and bending ones