Guardian Glass has started to produce 130” x 240”, or ‘super jumbo’, SunGuard coatings on clear or Guardian UltraClear float glass at its Carleton, Michigan facility.
The flat glass manufacturer has responded to demand from architects, who have pushed design boundaries with buildings that maximise views and natural light for occupants in forward-thinking facades while also reaching energy performance codes and standards.
“Super jumbo helps our fabrication customers improve yields on many common commercial sizes and produce oversize insulating glass units that aren’t possible with standard jumbo coated glass,” said Chris Dolan, Commercial Segment & Technical Services Director, Guardian Glass North America.
Independent Guardian Select fabricator Press Glass brought its expertise in super jumbo – its Polish facility fabricates glass up to 275” – to North America last year.
Its Ridgeway, Va. factory was built to accommodate 130” x 240” glass. The fabricator has some of the largest glass sizes available in North America.
“Our customers want larger glass, whether it’s commercial or residential,” said Piotr Styk, Senior Estimator/Project Manager at Press Glass.
“Everyone is calling for expansive views, and the bigger the better. When we were deciding on equipment to purchase for our new facility, we researched the maximum glass size available in North America. Guardian offered the largest size at 240”, so we made sure to equip our facility with machines that could handle that size.
“At Press Glass, we strive to exceed quality standards. Every order is a custom order, so it’s essential that we work together effectively. Our communication with Guardian works very well. It’s a very effective partnership.”
That partnership has delivered on projects that range from Press Glass’ Ridgeway facility, which boasts 231” x 115” triple insulating glass units that include Guardian SunGuard SNX 51/23 coated glass and SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 coated glass, to the under-construction Terminal 5 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which uses Guardian SunGuard SNX 62/27 coating on UltraClear low-iron glass in a large variety of sizes.