As I’m sure you can guess from the name, ‘textured glass’ – otherwise known as patterned glass – describes types of glass that are patterned, both to look at and to touch.

But why opt for this and what choices are out there? Read on to find out…

From delicate frosting to ripples and swirls, there seem to be an unending choice of patterned glass these days. 

Usually created by the process of sandblasting or acid etching glass, most double glazing companies offer a wide range of options in their showrooms and brochures. 

The idea of using textured glass in your windows and doors is two-fold.

Firstly, with its ‘density of pattern’ rating, it provides a high level of privacy whilst still allowing light to travel through it and into the room.

Secondly, it comes in a wide range of patterns offering homeowners a stunning choice of designs, from traditional to contemporary, themed to bespoke.

So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more popular styles of textured glass…

Everglade Glass (Privacy Rating 5)

Everglade glass by renowned UK glass-makers Pilkington is a much-loved textured glass that has the highest level of obscuration.

Everglade offers a level 5 obscurity and its swirling pattern makes it an ideal choice for dividers and partitions or glass panels in windows and doors where light is required but only a silhouette revealed from the other side.

Everglade glass is available in annealed or toughened at 4mm thickness and stock sheet sizes are 1320 width  x 2140height.

Arctic glass (Privacy Rating 5)

Another Pilkington creation, Arctic glass provides similar qualities to Everglade yet less flourishing in pattern.  This dimpled effect design matches Everglades privacy value of a level 5 and is also available as annealed or toughened.  

The much-loved and established pattern is suitable for use around the home, especially with units in front doors.  

Satinovo Glass (various)

Satin Glass is probably the most common style of obscure glass.  It’s a distinctive design; frosted yet satin-line, making it especially versatile in its usage.

Traditionally, Satinovo Glass was used in commercial settings such as shops and offices. However, the uncomplicated surface of Satinovo Glass has seen a reemergence in residential settings in recents years. 

It can be used uncompromisingly with other home styles and themes, releasing a purity of colour and light.

Whilst these glass designs are the most popular, glazing companies will all offer their own ranges of glass patterns. Many new styles appear on the market only to disappear quickly from lack of popularity.

On the other hand, Everglade, Arctic and Satinovo have stood the test of time and remain amongst the most sought after, bucking trends and offering longevity amongst discerning homeowners.

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.