Although it is true that traditional clear glass is clear, there is a naturally greenish tint to the glass that can slightly distort the colors of objects on the other side of it. Look at the edge of almost any piece of standard clear furniture glass and you’ll notice a green cast which becomes darker as the glass becomes thicker or longer. If a green or dark green/black edge is undesirable, there is an alternative… Starphire Glass.
One of the more expensive types of glass, Staphire glass is a special low iron ultra clear glass that has a slight blueish tint which enhances light transmittance. Just like traditional glass, as thickness and size of the glass increases, the blueish tint darkens… but Starphire glass will never get as dark as traditional glass. Even at a length of 130 inches, a Starphire glass edge maintains a pleasing blue-green aesthetic that brings more light into interior spaces, while offering unmatched levels of brightness, color fidelity, & clarity. The increased clarity is achieved by removing most of the iron oxide from the materials used to produce the glass. Starphire contains as little as 10% of the iron content of regular glass – allowing it to transmit approx. 91% of light, compared to approx. 83% for traditional glass. Starphire glass comes in a variety of thicknesses and can be laminated or tempered. It can be used for virtually any application that traditional glass is used for.
The choice is yours. Traditional glass is more economical, but depending on the size and specifications of your glass project, Starphire glass might work for your budget as well. Feel free to stop into our showroom to see samples of Starphire glass in comparison to traditional glass.