WELCOME TO GLASS INC
WHO WE ARE
GLASSINC was founded by Miles Swanepoel in the late 1990s when he decided to begin his own business after 20 years of experience in the glass industry. The company initially offered frameless glass showers and screens to the local market.
The technical expertise and product quality in the frameless market led to requests from architects, interior designers, developers and homebuilders for additional products. The company’s product portfolio expanded rapidly and it now provides a wide variety of glass products to the architectural and design markets.
Today, the company’s factory is fully established and plays a vital role in ensuring that product is always of the highest quality and that lead times are kept to an absolute minimum.
THE GLASS PRODUCT
The types of glass used in GLASSINC’s products depend on the application and client’s budget and range from tinted, miror, laminated, toughened, toughened laminated and curved.
Traditionally glass has a slight green tint to it which can cause color distortions. Clients have the option of specifying premium opti-white glass, which is manufactured with a low iron content, is colourless and very transparent. Opti-white low glass has greater clarity and recommended for pool glass windows and rim flows.
Glass in its natural state is a brittle material prone to breaking and splintering under impact. This is not tolerable in products used in and around homes and public buildings, which is why all the glass used by Glassinc conforms to the SAGGA requirements for a particular application.
Safety glass can either be supplied in Laminated Glass or Toughened Glass, or a combination of both. Toughened safety glass is five times stronger than regular annealed glass. Its ability to shatter into small, relatively harmless granules makes ideal for architectural installations and high traffic areas.
Many of GLASSINC’s products, including wall cladding and splashbacks, or other surfaces, are coloured to the client’s specification during the production process. The product selected by Glassinc for this purpose is the industry-leading GlassKote process which is available in a variety of finishes and can match any paint colour code required.
GlassKote has been on the market for more than a quarter of a century and has proven itself as a durable and cost-effective colouring for just about any glass surface. It has been used over the years in kitchens, on worktops, in bathrooms, and in many other residential, commercial and public buildings.
GLASSINC is proud to be a GlassKote-approved dealer and applicator and has every confidence in the product. The product carries a 10-year manufacturer-backed guarantee against fading, peeling, cracking, or bubbling.
Sandblasting is used in the production of many GLASSINC products to create designs on the surface of the product for decorative purposes or to enhance the client’s privacy, by making the surface more or less translucent. The rough surface of sand-blasted glass is very susceptible to contamination by oils and dirt and tends to show fingerprint marks very easily.
For this reason, these surfaces are routinely treated with Sandblast Protect by GLASSINC. Once treated with the product, the surface is highly resistant to contamination and the product also has the effect of making the surface much easier and less time-consuming to keep clean.
NOTE: Clients have the option to have shower glass treated with a similar product which resists lime scale build up.
UV Bonding is a process whereby, typically two pieces of glass are fused together using a UV curing adhesive, which is cured using a UV light.
The advantage of using this technique is that the fused joints are stronger than glass itself and the end result is finished with a clean and professional look.
A variety of hardware and fittings are used depending on the application, generally 316 full stainless steel or brass manufactured fittings which are chrome plated. All hardware carries a five-year guarantee.
GLASSINC will typically receive specifications from the client for items they require and the in-house design team will design the product to meet those needs. Computarised design allows for felixibility and accurate design detail. Designs are produced and submitted for client approval and used in the manufacturing process.
Teams trained in the GLASSINC factory are responsible, wherever necessary, for the installation of the company’ products.