Ever since the spectacular use of Alabaster for translucent canopies in ancient Egypt, for the monumental of windows of The Gallia Placida temple in Rome, or for the partitions of The Forbidden City in Beijing, translucent stone slabs have been a major sign of luxury and stylish decorative beauty.
It has proven to be a highly attractive challenge for us to re-invent this very old application of translucent stone in a modern context and with contemporary technology. Benefiting from today's generalized use of glass, we managed to resourcefully merge reinforcing laminated glass to a very thin layer of stone, from 2mm to 8mm, depending on the color, the texture and the light transmittance required.
Beyond merely using existing synthetic-film based glass technology that has proven insufficient in certain cases, SilexglassTM effectively merges the stone and the glass sheets. To that end, our unique adhesive system components are able to mineralize the stone with the glass and obtain a unique homogenous material.
In fact stone and glass are much more analogous than appears to the eye; hence, it is possible to get them to react together and generate a very solid chemical bond. The ensuing advantage is a more brilliant and stable color for the stone, which does not fade as it would if plastic films (PVB, etc.) were to be used.
The glass bears all the mechanical efforts, while the stone lives out its full aesthetic value. It is nonetheless to be protected and encapsulated for exterior uses or in any situation with high hygrometric values.
SilexglassTM is specified for exterior, interior, decorative, furniture and as well as heavy duty applications.
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