Reflective Glass

Reflecting beauty and performance


Today’s reflective glasses have evolved and now feature varying levels of reflectivity that create a wide range of aesthetics. The mirror-box effect is definitely a thing of the past!

In fact, when designing with glass, there are specific applications in which the aesthetic and performance benefits of tinted, reflective glass can make it the superior choice. There are even reflective glasses that provide the solar control benefits of low-e coatings.

Some key benefits to designing buildings with reflective glass are:

  • Color: Tinted, reflective architectural glasses harmonize well with other types of building materials, such as metal, brick and other glasses.
  • Visibility: Reflective glass has a special coating that makes it possible to see out, while preventing people from seeing in, to preserve privacy during the day. Reflective glass may be used as spandrel glass to hide computer wires, vents, fans, HVAC components and other building mechanicals.
  • Glare Control: Reflective glass affects visible light transmittance (VLT), allowing just the right amount of natural light into a building, while at the same time reducing glare. Reflective solar control glass reflects a portion of incoming solar radiation, which limits heat penetration into the building and can potentially lower HVAC usage.
  • Exterior Appearance: Reflective glass provides a bold, crisp exterior appearance and gives the building surface a dynamic look that changes with the color of the sky, passing clouds and movement of the sun during the day. 

PPG’s line of reflective glasses includes: