The Difference Between Clear and Ultra Clear Glass
Updated: Nov 13, 2020
When deciding on glass for a project there are many different options that can affect the color and reflectiveness, but when looking for the best crystal clear look the best option is Low Iron Glass. (Also known as Ultra Clear or Starphire Glass)
Low Iron glass delivers unparalleled color transmission so that objects are seen in their true colors, rather than being distorted by the green appearance of standard Clear Glass.
As you can see in the figure above there is a significant difference in clarity when comparing standard Clear Glass to Low Iron glass.
The reduced amounts of iron used in the molten formula during the manufacturing process is what achieves the Ultra Clear look in Low Iron glass.
Unfortunately this process of removing iron from the standard molten glass formula also results in a price per sq. ft. increase of about 2x that of standard Clear Glass.
In order to meet both price and design needs many projects Artisan Glass & Design work on utilize the special look of Low Iron Glass in only the most important areas while taking advantage of the lower price of standard Clear Glass in areas where ultra clear glass would be less visible.