You might know it better as ‘frosted’ glass, but if you’re looking to increase the privacy in certain rooms of your house, it’s in fact highly-obscuring level-4 rated ‘stippolyte glass‘ you need to be asking for.

Join us for the lowdown on this effective type of glass.

When it comes to doors and windows, there are many options for glass. One option which you will almost certainly recognise, but maybe not know the name of, it stippolyte glass.

What is stippolyte glass and where is it used?

Popular in a bathroom window, stippolyte glass is a texture option for double glazed windows. This obscure glass gives the window a look of being frosted, like a rainy day or in the winter.

This can soften everything outside-looking-in. It is good at obscuring what is inside that part of the house or office.

Where is stippolyte glass used?

The most common place to use frosted glass is anywhere privacy is being emphasised.

Some examples may be a meeting room in an office or a bathroom or shower at home.

These double-glazed windows allow light to still come in, but they maintain the privacy of the people in the room. This blurry effect can also simply be a design preference.

Costs

If you’re anything like us, planning a budget carefully is key when mapping out various home improvements.

Traditional glass is very commonplace and, because it is more readily available, it’s probably the most affordable option when renovating windows and doors.

Stippolyte glass, on the other hand, can be significantly more expensive, so it’s important to consider how choosing it will affect your budget.

It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that whilst Pilkington Glass are one of the most well-known manufacturers of this, different factories will have different pricing, so it can pay to shop around.

Advantages of Stippolyte Glass

Stippolyte is essential if you’re looking for privacy.

The double-glazing effect makes sure nobody can peek in or out of the glass window, whilst keeping the natural light present.

This presence of natural light is what makes it a better (albeit more expensive and permanent) option than blinds, which block the sunlight too.

There are also a wide range of styles, meaning you can match the look and feel to your specific requirements.

Disadvantages of Stippolyte Glass

Each type of glass has its potential downsides and there are a few cons when it comes to Stippolyte glass, depending on your needs.

The most noticeable one up-front is the glass itself. While it does protect privacy and lets in natural light, its obscuring effect is strong.

This means that even if you wanted to see outside of the room, everything is blurred by the material. The best you will probably get is blurry shadows.

The second downside to stippolyte glass is its expense.

As mentioned previously, this type of glass is much pricier than normal glass.

For front doors, it also makes it difficult to see who is at the door, meaning stippolyte will certainly not help you avoid door-do-door salespeople..!

A clever alternative

Is the cost or the permanent nature of this type of glass putting you off?

Ask your local double glazing supplier about stippolyte film; a removable sticky film which can provide similar benefits to stippolyte glass at a fraction of the price!

It’s also worth remembering that stippolyte is just one of several effects that can help you achieve some stylish level of privacy in your bathroom or street-facing rooms.

You could also research other types of patterned glass, textured glass or even stained glass for this situation.

Looking for other types of obscure glass?

Check out the level 5-rated Cotswold glass or its Reeded alternative.

Matt James
Matt James

Hi, Matt here! I started out almost 20 years ago as a teenager working in the family business fitting doors, windows and conservatories. I now run this website to share the best tips and advice for anyone looking to get a good deal on double glazing.