A complete guide to obscure glass

Obscure glass window

Most often used in bathrooms, obscure glass comes in a variety of different forms and styles, allowing you to choose the perfect design for you and your upvc window needs. Read Double Glazing Funding’s guide to how much uPVC Windows cost.

From textured to stained, to sandblasted, keep reading to discover everything you need to know about obscure glass and how to use it effectively in your home.

What exactly is obscure glass and what does it do?

Obscure glass is a type of texture that is specifically designed to decrease visibility between two spaces. Most commonly used in bathrooms as well as in offices, it provides you with privacy but at the same time, still allows natural light to flood into your home.

obscure window

You are able to choose how obscure you want your particular glass window to be, with most double glazing companies offering 5 different levels of privacy ranging from just above transparent to fully concealed.

What are the different types of obscure glass?

As well as taking into consideration how much privacy you would like in a particular room, you also need to choose a style of glass that will not only complement the décor of your home but one that will also stand the test of time, as you don’t want to have to replace your windows sooner than is necessary.

Textured glass

A very popular option, textured glass is a rolled glass that has the pattern impressed onto one side in order to create obscurity. This type of obscure glass is translucent and non-transparent, ensuring that the views are distorted, yet still allowing natural light to get in.

Textured glass is available in many different designs including florals, foliage and geometrics.

Sandblasted or acid-etched glass

These textured finished alternatives create a frosted looking glass and provide adequate levels of privacy while still dispersing light.

As with standard textured glass, you can choose the level of obscurity that you want, with options ranging from lightly frosted to fully opaque.

There are downsides to both these options with sandblasted glass being prone to finger marks, so not the best choice if you have young children, whereas acid-etched glass is more expensive but provides a very smooth and satin finish.

Stained glass

Ideal for more traditionally-styled houses, stained or coloured glass is a simple way to add more colour to your bathroom, while at the same time, providing a good level of privacy.

You can choose from a selection of designs for your coloured glass, or if you are feeling artistic, you could even design your own.  

What are the benefits of obscure glass?

If you are undecided about whether you want obscure glass in your home, then you may be interested to know the advantages of this type of glass window, which include:

  • They are easy to clean
  • They allow natural light to come in
  • They provide privacy where needed
  • They can add a touch of style and elegance to your home
  • Obscure glass can be easily tempered to improve its strength

Is obscure glass expensive?

Although more expensive than clear glass, it can be found to suit all budget requirements. If in doubt, it is worthwhile to ask for a no-obligation quote to see if the type of obscure glass that you want for your home is affordable for you.