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Do 5/32" and 3/16" suffice as window panes?

Do 5/32" and 3/16" suffice as window panes? Can they affixed to each other to achieve greater thickness to abide by codes?

I have a bunch of 6 ft by 7 ft glass panes that are 5/32" and 3/16" inches thick, I also have shipping containers I am considering furnishing into a commercial business/cafe. Please take note I am an absolute novice in construction at almost every regard and still in the information gathering stages, so I am trying to acquire as much information as possible before I need to spend money and if I can make use of what I already own, that can save me lots.

I am around the Chicago Illinois northwest suburbs

I am curious if I can make windows with these 5/32" and 3/16" glass panes. If they cant be used individually as windows, can they can be aligned beside each other to create a greater thickness in order to abide by any building codes or some other technique?

Do different towns have different codes pertaining to window thickness or size? Does a glass pane require a certain treatment in order to be a viable window?

Can I place some sort of film on a window that can make a glass pane compatible with codes, something so that it is safer?

Asked by human being
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 00:08
Edited Sun, 03/09/2014 - 07:39


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You may want to read an earlier GBA thread, How important is thickness of window glass?

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 07:42

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Thank you Martin, that answered a lot of questions and is very helpful. But now I have more questions; what might be an economical solution for interlayer to place between glass panes?

Is there an interlayer/lamination solution that I can apply via spray application?

Could anyone make a guess as to the kind of cost of applying an interlayer between a single pair of 3/16th 6foot by 7foot panes? (both if spray application exists, and if its a sheet that is applied to the glass)

If someone could please point me in the right direction as to where I would buy a laminated glass interlayer, that would help me a lot too.

Thank you

Answered by human being
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 09:16

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Good to attempt using materials you already have. Good windows are typically two panes of glass with different size spaces (distance) of vacuum sealed space in between, a factory process. The spaces can be filled with different gases that have differing abilities to restrict the passage of heat and cold thru them. Sometimes there is a third glazing, usually an invisible layer of thin plastic film in between. My point is, I don't see how you can make good windows from your sheets of glass, and you are in a cold climate. If you don't have a real seal in between the panes you are certain to have captured vapor which will show all winter. Maybe an exterior storm panel would be realistic.

Answered by Howard Gentler
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 09:31

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I understand Howard, thank you for the information.

Answered by human being
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:16

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If you are a building novice you may find you have bitten off more than you can chew converting shipping containers into finished spaces. While there are many examples flooding the internet right now, they are quite difficult to work with and require a lot of experience to get right. Remember too that the building code has a lot more provisions governing commercial construction than residential.

Answered by Malcolm Taylor
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:57

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Thank you for that link Malcolm, that blog was very enlightening. I am certainly still assessing the feasibility of reproducing the Starbuck's chicago shipping container cafe

Answered by human being
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 12:10
Edited Sun, 03/09/2014 - 12:30.

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I don't mean to be discouraging, just hope you go in with your eyes open. There may be very good reasons to build using containers, not least that like the Starbucks you linked to it "brands" you in some way as being green. The practical realities just need to be understood.

From ArchDaily:

"Reusing containers seems to be a low energy alternative, however, few people factor in the amount of energy required to make the box habitable. The entire structure needs to be sandblasted bare, floors need to be replaced, and openings need to be cut with a torch or fireman's saw. The average container eventually produces nearly a thousand pounds of hazardous waste before it can be used as a structure."

Answered by Malcolm Taylor
Posted Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:45

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