Ordering Made to Measure Glass / Glass Cut to Size
Our Online Ordering offers the following features to help you easily buy customized glass, tailored to your needs while providing the most user friendly experience we can.
- Mainland UK Delivery
- Tailored Optional Extras by product, such as rubber feet for Table Protectors or Safety Backing for Mirrors
- Images to help clarify terms such as "Radius Corners" or "Polished Edges"
- Instant Quote / Price for Glass and Delivery if required
How is glass cut to size?
Glass is cut to size in a similar fashion to tiles, in where an oil fed scoring wheel passes over the glass with sufficient pressure, following the complete path of the intended cut.
The cut is then “opened” by applying pressure beneath the scored surface from one end of the cut, resulting in the glass “running” along the score and separating entirely.
Typically, the cut glass will then undergo machining processes resulting in safe to handle edges, as a cut edge is very sharp. Because of these machining processes, the glass is usually cut “oversize” to be then machined to the desired “finished” size.
Lower thicknesses of glass can be cut by hand very easily, while thicker glass such as 15mm and above does prove difficult and can be easily achieved using a CNC cutting table providing a cutting pressure and accuracy that cannot be matched by hand.
Laminate glass cutting does follow the above methods, with the addition of cutting the underside also, as laminated glass is in fact two separate sheets of glass, held together by a PVB or EVA interlayer. With both cuts made, the interlayer is then heated to allow it to soften and stretch, making it possible to fit a blade into the cut and splitting the interlayer from the excess offcut of glass.
Choose a Delivery Date
Once you have selected all of the required options for your glass, our website calculates how long we need in order to manufacture the item and allows you to choose from a selection of available delivery dates.
We send all of our orders in strong wooden containers to provide the best level of protection possible. Within the packaging you will find a Handling Information sheet which includes a signed quality inspection section below.
On the working day prior to the Delivery Date you have selected, you will receive a notification directly from our courier to make you aware the order has been dispatched by Glasstops UK. On the day of delivery, you will receive another email containing Tracking Information, this will allow you to monitor the status of your delivery, and allow you to contact the courier directly should you need to make different delivery arrangements.
Smaller items can be left in a safe place or a designated neighbour by leaving a signed note of instructions for the courier to see on delivery, however this is at own risk.
Large or heavy items will require you to provide assistance to the delivery driver on the day of delivery. Due to this, a timed service is recommended (e.g. Pre 12, etc).
We can deliver to the following:
- England / Wales / Scotland
- Scottish Highlands
- Northern Ireland
- Isle of Wight
Important Info on Tempered / Toughened Glass
Tempered Glass and Toughened Glass are one in the same thing and describe glass that has under gone thermal strengthening. Tempered Glass is produced by first cutting and machining float glass to shape and size. Any features required such as Drill Holes or Internal Cutouts must be present before the glass can begin the toughening process.
The tempering process involves sending the glass through controlled stages of temperature using a Toughening Plant, creating high surface tensions across the glass, giving it increased impact and heat resistance. Due to these benefits, toughened / tempered glass is then considered to be a Safety Glass suitable for a wide range of uses and is commonly specified in building regulations when designing with Architectural Glass.
Once the glass has completed the tempering process, no further machining can take place, as this will cause it to shatter, so it is important to let us know of any cutout / shaped features required prior to ordering.
For further details see Wikipedia's Toughened Glass Page.