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On-Site Systems Architectural Glass provides custom glass etching, etched glass designs, frosted glass doors and windows, etched glass signs and logos.
On-Site Systems’ glass-etching process uses focused, abrasive Aluminum Oxide blasting to create graphic or design patterns through shading, frosting and carving of the glass surface. It can be blasted evenly over an entire surface, in a decorative pattern, in different levels of translucency or even in a gradient pattern - fading to clear.
Using an automated glass-etching system, our talented glass artisans can produce any percentage of etching depth. This glass-etching process can be flawlessly duplicated throughout an entire project and for future orders.
Window Film Alternative:
For clients wanting the look of etched glass, but occupying leased or temporary office space, On-Site Systems offers a wide selection of window films. Professionally installed and equally customizable for privacy and company logos.
On-Site Systems also utilizes special glass-etching techniques and custom equipment to perform work at the job site. We can perform our etched glass work in a "dust free" environment without the mess normally associated with sandblasting. On-Site Systems has performed sandblasting work in many environments including airplanes, trains, yachts, motor coaches and automobiles, as well as hospital, hotel, and residential interiors.
Etched Glass for Commercial Businesses
The need for name recognition is vitally important. By having an etched glass corporate logo/identity sandblasted onto the front entry doors, a business can establish its name with pride and authority to its clients. Also, a prominent etched-glass logo is helpful to clients in locating your office space in larger office buildings.
Many clients prefer to have an attractive etched glass sign pin-mounted above their reception desks or on a conference room’s wall. These signs can be very versatile in function for the corporate office or small office environment. Not only would an etched glass sign provide company name recognition, but it would also add an element of design to an office.
Etched Glass for Residential Homes
Etched glass provides elegant privacy for a home's front entry or bathroom tub enclosure. Etched glass designs add a great look to recreation areas and bathroom mirrors. Personalized home bar mirrors create an fun and interesting look for entertaining or personal enjoyment. Etched glass table tops have enhanced many dining rooms with sandblasted and carved designs.
Logo Glass Specification Checklist Should Include:
On-Site Systems, using state of the art glass etching equipment, can duplicate any size corporate logo in etched glass according to exacting standards. The following checklist should be used for these applications:
- Which surface of glass to be etched (i.e. 1st or 2nd)?
Is there a high traffic side of the glass? Frosted glass (if not treated with Sealex) can be soiled from handling. If there is a side of the glass that is less likely to be touched by others, it is recommended that the frosting be on that surface. Surface reflection can wash out the frosted surface. The frosted areas of the logo block the surface reflection which makes the logo easier to view. A frosted logo can be enhanced or highlighted with proper lighting such as spotlights.
- Positive or Negative etch?
In most cases, Logo's or graphics with small, fine or intricate detail on clear glass will be greatly enhanced when the background is frosted and the detail left clear. This is commonly referred to as a negative etch.
- Surface etch or depth carve?
Tempered glass cannot be deep carved safely. If depth is desired in tempered glass, the sandblasting should be executed prior to tempering or use annealed glass that is laminated to meet code requirements.
- Color in-fill?
A precise color match on clear glass will only be color correct when viewed from the sandblasted surface. The opposite surface will always appear shades off.
- Placement and position.
The industry standard eye level above the finished floor is approximately 5'2" to 5'4" aff. In many cases, the center of a logo etched on a vertical surface should be raised slightly above center so as to not appear too low.
- Specifying On-Site Systems as a source in your plans to ensure your project will be completed correctly and in a professional manner.
Pattern Glass Specification Checklist Should Include:
On-Site Systems provides many different standard patterns for use on etched glass. They range from from the subtle to the dramatic. These patterns can be sized up or down from their original configuration to enhance any design element. On-Site Systems glass etching art team can also create any custom design that you may require.
- Pattern numbers?
In our showroom and on this web site we make available to our customers over thirty different patterns to choose from. They all have a number to help both parties correctly identify what is wanted at the time an order is placed. On-Site Systems also has the capability to create custom patterns for our customers if it can't be found in the pattern book or Web site.
- Scaled size of pattern?
When sending in a bid for a project please include the scale of the pattern wanted on the glass. Patterns can be scaled up or down to various sizes to accommodate requirements for the job. This helps keep the pattern consistent across the surface from edge to edge without any breaking of the design.
- Which surface of glass to etch (1st or 2nd)?
Is there a high traffic side of the glass? Frosted glass (if not treated with Sealex) can be soiled from handling. If there is a side of the glass that is less likely to be touched by others, it is recommended that the frosting be on that surface. Surface reflection can wash out the frosted surface. The frosted areas of the pattern block the surface reflection which makes the pattern easier to view. A frosted logo can be enhanced or highlighted with proper lighting such as spotlights.
- Positive or Negative etch?
In most cases, patterns or graphics with small, fine or intricate detail on clear glass will be greatly enhanced and also give more privacy when the background is frosted and the detail left clear. This is commonly referred to as a negative etch.
- Do you want a ClearShield coating?
Our special ClearShield coating helps reduce smudges from fingerprints. This is very important if the glass is installed in a high traffic area.
- Specify On-Site Systems as a source in your plans to ensure your project will be completed correctly and in a professional manner.