Contact ABC Glass and Mirror for the fire rated glass specified by the building code in your locale.

With our experience and expertise in the glass field, we can assist you in selecting the best products to meet code requirements and maintain safe conditions. Just call our office at 703-257-7150 to schedule a free on-site consultation with one of our glass professionals. Put your mind at rest and trust your fire rated glass needs to a respected local company – ABC Glass and Mirror

Fire rated glass is specially manufactured to contain and resist fire, smoke, and sometimes heat. It is required in certain structures by state and local building codes across the country, as well as national regulations. There are a variety of ratings for different fire rated products, and these relate to features such as how long the glass can resist fire, whether it can withstand the jet of water from a fire hose and the accompanying temperature shock, and how resistant it is to impact. The fire rated glass offered by ABC is a ceramic product and is generally between 1/4″ and 5/8” thick.

When selecting fire rated glass, it is important to have a clear and thorough understanding of the applicable building code(s) as well as federal requirements. First, determine where fire rated glass is mandated in your building. Other important considerations include, but are not limited to:

  • How long the glass must be able to resist fire (ratings are between 20 and 180 minutes)
  • Whether it must pass the thermal shock test, a test that determines if the glass can hold up to the water used to put out the fire
  • What kind of impact resistance the glass must have

There are many examples of fire rated glass installations. For instance, glass fire walls are large glass panels that are thicker than ordinary fire rated glass. Because of their multiple layers, they can contain heat, as well as flames and smoke. These can span areas from ceiling to floor and from one wall to another, but they must be installed in the appropriate fire resistant framing. Besides being fire and smoke resistant, glass fire walls are also quite durable in the face of impact.

Fire rated insulated units are also utilized in some settings. Here fire rated glass is used to construct an insulated unit, which is a pane composed of two sheets of glass with an air-tight space in between. Energy-efficient features such as Low-E film can be added to these units, and they are also useful for indoor installations where sound needs to be contained.

Fire rated glass is beneficial to a building in a couple key ways. First, this glass can help contain a fire until help arrives, thus protecting lives and property. Additionally, the use of fire rated glass in exit routes can help provide a safe means of escape in case fire should break out in your structure. Learn more about the usefulness of this special glass at your complimentary consultation with an ABC Glass and Mirror specialist.

If you need fire rated glass installed, we hope you will call us at 703-257-7150 to get details on the various options, important product considerations, pricing, and more. Remember that your initial glass conference and estimate cost nothing and provide you with a great opportunity to get your questions answered. Fire rated glass from a reliable, family-owned company – ABC Glass and Mirror – is a smart choice for Northern Virginia businesspersons!