Glass for building


When we speak of structural materials in general, we refer to all materials that are used to create an architectural work. In particular, as established by Directive 89/106 and specified by interpretation document no.1, “A structural product is one which allows the work, where this is incorporated, to satisfy the essential requirement of ‘mechanical resistance and stability’”. That requirement is deemed to be satisfied if, once the work in question has been installed, it prevents its collapse or partial collapse, inadmissible deformations, damage to other parts or to systems or damage that is disproportionate compared to the cause that triggered it.


Hanging (or suspended) facades are architectural works of great aesthetic charm and high engineering complexity. Characterised by their aesthetical lightness typical of glass structures, suspended facades in structural glass (suspended point fixed curtain wall, or continuous facades) use evolved technologies and innovatively designed lines. The creation of hanging or suspended facades must necessarily be performed by expert professionals from the building, architecture or glassworks industry, able to correctly perform all the complex structural calculations required to create canopies and hanging facades.


The Spiderglass system, also known as frameless glazing system, is used mainly to create outdoor coverings of facades of significant dimensions, but is also used to create glass walls able to separate indoor environments. One of the main benefits of the Spiderglass fixing system Is its particular fixing elasticity which, for the same thickness of panes, allows for the creation of much larger glass surfaces compared to traditional fixing systems, thanks to the articulated screws, i.e. bolts with ball joint in stainless steel.


Glass canopies ensure effective protection against the elements without constituting a barrier to natural sunlight. As they are in fact constituted by transparent, coloured, opaque, shiny or glazed glass, depending upon the requirements of the customer, structural glass canopies allow you to relax outdoors offering a shelter from the rain, snow or hail, but do not risk making the indoor environments darker.


Awnings or canopies in structural glass are perfect for those wanting to offer shelter from the elements without obstructing the passage of sunlight. Characterised by minimal aesthetics able to adapt to any architectural context, glass canopies created by Vetreria Re are perfect for domestic, commercial or professional use. The term glass awning, roof or canopy usually indicates those flat or curved structural glass panes that are placed above the door of a residence or the entrance to a shop or public premises to offer protection predominantly from the rain or snow, yet to allow the passage of sun rays.


Ideal for creating windows, doors and door windows with high insulating power, along with creating windows for banks, credit institutions, commercial businesses and public premises, often if made safer through the insertion of shatterproof films, double glazing also allows for the creation of practical and elegant dividing walls and partitions.


Double glazing is an extremely versatile type of glass with significant performance. As set out in detail in the section dedicated to the thermal and acoustic insulation offered by double glazing, this is able to have a positive effect on reducing consumption in private residences or commercial businesses. In addition, thanks to the possibility of inserting a shatterproof film inside the double glazing, it is possible to make double glazing extremely safe and therefore suitable also for use in creating windows for banks, insurance companies, credit institutions and other public offices where a high level of security is required.


Vetreria Re, operating for over twenty years in the sector of design, creation and installation of safety glass for shops, banks and public premises, offers its services to customers to identify the most appropriate solution based upon their particular requirements for the safety of their premises.


The most modern models of doors and windows in PVC, wood and aluminium offer excellent thermal and noise insulation data, thanks to which it is possible significantly to reduce the use of heating or air conditioning systems and consequently reduce consumption, with benefits from an economic and ecological perspective. However, as they constitute an effective barrier against heat dispersion, even the most modern models of doors and windows must use double glazing able to act as a screen against noise and against the cold and heat.


The installation of double glazing on doors and windows of the home, but also for windows of shops and banks, in fact allows the level of thermal and acoustic insulation to be increased thereby improving the habitability of the environment and reducing consumption.


Vetreria Re, operating in the design, processing and creation of architectural elements in glass since 1989, offers to its customers the use of double glazing in the residential and professional area, to create doors, windows and door windows, along with display windows for shops, banks, insurance companies, businesses or public premises in general.


Using sophisticated numerical control machines for manufacturing, Vetreria Re deals with the etching, bevelling and edge deletion of glass. The numerical control (NC) work centre, based upon a process optimisation programme, allows for the cutting of the sheets to be optimised, performing each process with the maximum precision.


As they are characterised by naturally irregular and sharp edges, mirrors can be subjected to edge deletion processes so that they can be handled safely even in the absence of a frame. Edge deletion of mirrors can be performed manually or using CNC machinery. When we talk about mirrors being edge deleted, it means that its edge has been made uniform and blunt through a process of edge deletion.


Laminated mirrors are used in different areas, from domestic to commercial, given that it can well be said that you can never have too much safety, but they become particularly important in public environments or premises used by the public, such as gyms, lifts, businesses, schools and all locations, public or private, used by or in the presence of children. Thanks to the presence of safety films, should the mirror be broken, the fragments remain firmly and rigidly attached to the safety film or to the chamber of the laminated glass, guaranteeing the safety of persons in the vicinity.


Vetreria Re, specialising in the production of artistic glass, structural glass, safety glass for building, glass for technical and industrial use and insulating glass, dedicates a good part of its production energies to creating ornate and decorated mirrors. Created also by hand and customised using different techniques, ornate, decorated artistic mirrors and on request also painted with patterns and abstract figures, floral or geometric motifs and any other subject requested by the customer, are perfect for placing in domestic environments, such as in public premises, hotels or professional environments.


The process of etching on the surfaces of the mirror allows for the creation of unique items of furniture with expressive elegance and sophistication. Applied to various materials, alone or combined with other techniques, etching can decorate elegantly and simply even the surfaces of mirrors, creating objects with unique expressivity, able to give character to otherwise anonymous objects. 


Sand-blasted mirrors are sophisticated furniture accessories subjected to the process of sand-blasting, i.e. abrasion of the shiny surface of the mirror through jets of silica sand that are able to etch and tarnish the surface. The process of sand-blasting mirrors is similar to that which is applied to panes of glass: depending upon the direction given to the jet of sand, it is possible to create elegant designs on the surface of the mirror, or to make it uniformly opaque.


Vetreria Re deals with the production of artistic mirrors decorated mainly with techniques of sand-blasting, engraving or gold leaf decoration. These techniques for producing artistic mirrors are able to create unique objects that would otherwise be anonymous, contributing to enhancing the architectural context in which they are inserted.


Double-glazed glass is a particular type of glass consisting of two or more panes joined together by the insertion of an aluminium frame that allows for a distance between 6 and 15 mm to be maintained. That distance allows for the creation of an air chamber essential for the purposes of thermal and acoustic insulation: dry air, or noble gases like Argon or Krypton, can in fact be inserted inside this chamber, which, being characterised by a lower co-efficient of thermal exchange compared to simple air, allow for the values of thermal insulation of the chamber to be further strengthened.


Obtained through a special heat treatment, known as tempering, toughened or tempered glass has special characteristics of resistance which make it an excellent structural material suitable for the most varied uses in building. Glass for building is the so-called structural glass, i.e. that which, thanks to special characteristics of resistance to stresses and bending and the capacity not to collapse under its own weight, is used in the creation of building works of different scales. Structural glass for building can have a flat or curved shape, based upon the particular requirements of application.


Since the majority of heat dispersion occurs through the windows, today it is increasingly important to replace non-insulated glass and window and door frames with modern products able to guarantee high levels of thermal and acoustic insulation.


Available to clientele for the creation of glass for indoor and outdoor use, mirrors, windows, doors, door and window frames, shop windows and glass for banks, canopies, artistic glass windows and much more, Vetreria Re also deals with glass replacement.


The production of self-supporting windows, dividing walls in glass or artistic glass windows is a complex operation that requires the performance of precise structural calculations and a phase of careful planning. Only thanks to the meticulous execution of these aspects in the planning phase is it in fact possible to produce safe windows, which do not risk collapsing under their own weight or due to mechanical stresses or bending. It is therefore clear that the structural calculations which lead to the design and creation of a window constitute an essential step for the success of any glass installation.


Producing glass for decorative or structural reasons is in itself a complex task which requires structured and in-depth skills in the technical, constructing, engineering, architecture and design sectors. However, the transportation, mounting and installation of glass, whether structurally complex self-supporting windows or artistic glass for interiors, is also a delicate operation that requires precision and attention.


Able to produce customised glass in the residential, professional, commercial and industrial areas, Vetreria Re stands out for its ability to oversee each product from the start to the end of its lifecycle: from the design with structural calculations of the customised glass elements, to the transportation and installation, which, where necessary, can also involve the use of cranes and other means of hoisting and precision that allow for the installation to be performed in perfect safety.


One of Vetreria Re’s strongpoints is its ability range from the scope of safety glass to that of artistic glass, from the production of structural glazing to the manufacture of glass for shower cabinets and furniture, without neglecting the sector of insulating glass, which represents an extremely contemporary solution in view of building processes that are increasingly energy efficient.


The first contact between the customer and the goods on sale, window displays have the dual task of protecting and displaying the goods on sale. In some cases, in order to maximise the visibility of the goods, some businesses decide to keep the contents of their window displays visible even during the night, on public holidays and in general while the shop itself is closed.


Along with the use of software and systems of control and supervision designed by using the most advanced technologies, museums cannot fail to use safety glass to produce protective display cases and windows.


One of the most innovative uses for laminated or tempered safety glass is in the possibility of creating stunning glass floors with guaranteed stylistic effect. The creation of glass floors is a complex operation which requires significant technical/structural skills, along with a developed aesthetic taste for the choice of shapes and geometries of the floor. Vetreria Re, operating for over twenty years in the industry of design, production and installation of structural elements in glass, is your ideal partner for producing glass floors for public or private environments.


Vetreria Re has operated in the industry of design, production and installation of safety glass and architectural elements in glass since 1982.


Accident-prevention safety glass must necessarily be installed in any situation where there is a risk of harm to persons, in the case of accidental breakage of the surface of the glass itself. The need to use accident-prevention safety glass is ratified by law, in accordance with national regulations which govern its use.


In order to protect the safety of your home or place of work against intrusion attempts, Vetreria Re offers special certified safety glass, able to resist attempts at burglary or breaking and entering. Among the different types of safety glass, toughened glass and laminated glass stand out in particular for their shatterproof characteristics which make them able to prevent and avoid any intrusion attempt.


Vetreria Re’s proposals in the safety sector include a vast range of highly customisable products that are made-to-measure in order to achieve the utmost customer satisfaction.


Toughened glass, also known as tempered glass, is obtained through a special heat treatment process (tempering) which toughens the piece, previously manufactured and cut to the required dimensions. The processing of toughened or tempered glass makes it particularly resistant, as any surface defects in the glass are compressed by mechanical stresses, and the inner part remains more protected: in this way, it is practically impossible for defects and cracks to form that might lead the glass itself to break.


In order to guarantee the utmost levels of safety, today, technology provides a vast range of solutions, which include electronics – with the option of installing burglar alarms and CCTV systems, now financially more accessible thanks to the possibility of using practical webcams which allow the situation to be monitored constantly remotely - and technique, with a vast choice of armoured doors and security locks, which must be combined with safety glass able to offer high resistance to burglary and breaking and entering.


Laminated glass is part of the family of safety glass which also includes bulletproof, tempered, layered, anti-intrusion, accident-prevention and shatterproof glass. Consisting of two or more layers of glass held together by special adhesive sheets of PVB (polyvinyl butyral), laminated safety glass allows for high standards of safety to be achieved in buildings used for residential, commercial or industrial purposes.


On today’s market, there are many different types of safety glass. These include bulletproof safety glass which is the solution best able to combine safety and design. The made-to-measure bulletproof glass by Vetreria Re is top class safety glass, certified by the most up to date regulations in force in relation to safety.


Vetreria Re has operated in the industry of glass manufacturing for over 20 years and specialises in the production of safety glass, artistic glass, glass for furniture and for the building industry.  Established in 1989 as a family-run glassworks, Vetreria Re has grown and expanded over the years, gaining a leading position in the market of industrial, civil and professional glass, thanks to a vision focused upon innovation, both in terms of technologies and design, and collaboration with companies and professionals in the furniture, mechanical engineering and design sectors.


Versatile and durable, glass blocks are suitable for various applications as part of residential, commercial and industrial building, thanks to their great strength combined with the ability to increase the supply of light inside factories and industrial warehouses. Presently, glass blocks are also used in housing and are used increasingly to create real installations and works of contemporary design.


As part of industrial glass, flat glass - or sheet glass - particular stands out and which in percentage terms definitely represents the largest chunk of the manufacture of industrial glass, which also includes so-called safety glass, such as laminated or layered glass, strengthened or tempered glass, armoured glass, shatterproof, anti-intrusion, bulletproof glass and so on.


Vetreria Re deals with the design and production of glass surfaces for furniture which stand out for their sophisticated and innovative design and for the perfection of their finish and workmanship.


Structural glass is used in creating architectural works. In compliance with the provisions of legal regulations in the field of construction safety, structural glass can be produced with a flat or curved shape depending upon the application requirements. Of course, when we speak of curved glass, we are referring to common glass which is bent along a single axis of the pane (horizontal or vertical) with an effect similar to the curvature of a sheet of paper when two opposite and parallel sides are brought slightly together.


Operating since 1989 in the sector of manufacturing structural glass, artistic glass and safety glass, Vetreria Re deals with the phases of design, cutting, layering and installation of sheets of safety glass, to produce high quality laminated glass and to guarantee customers a flawless service at all stages. Available for certifications, calculations and structural verifications in the field of building, architecture, industry and contracts, Vetreria Re also performs operations of edge deletion, sand-blasting, tempering, painting and CNC processing of safety glass.


Transparent flat glass for furniture and for industrial use represents over 90% of the world production of glass. Created mainly by the float system devised by Alastair Pilkington in the 1960s, transparent flat glass is suitable for technical/industrial uses and is largely used by professionals in design, architecture and interior decor to create tables, cabinets, desks, coffee tables, bathroom and kitchen tops, precision components and much more.


Specialising in the production of panes of transparent flat glass, smooth and curved structural glass, safety glass and self-supporting glass windows for structural use, Vetreria Re is able to provide glass for industrial technical use in all formats and sizes.


Patterned glass is part of the decorative glass used to create artistic glass. Characterised by its typical translucent aspect, patterned glass is used to create sliding doors or hinged doors, for dividing walls in fixed or mobile glass, particularly decorative doors and French doors, and for railings, canopies, table tops and coffee table tops, furniture and shelves, sideboard cabinets and much more.


Vetreria Re, operating in the production, installation and sale of artistic glass, structural glass and safety glass since 1989, specialises in the manufacture, supply and assembly of glass for building.

Glass for building or structural glass is appropriate for creating architectural works of different scales in residential, industrial and commercial building.