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Reeded Glass vs. Ribbed Glass: What’s the Difference?

While the main distinctions between reeded glass and ribbed glass are thickness levels and pattern types, either are suitable for modular glass walls, display cases, partitions and dividers, and other appearance-driven applications.
Published March 15, 2022

Glass office desk with text - Reeded Glass vs. Ribbed Glass- What’s the Difference?If your project requires subtle hints of decorative elements while still maintaining natural light, both ribbed glass and reeded glass are appropriate choices. Differentiated through thickness and groove levels, reeded glass alludes to a concave, hollowed-out and inward look, while ribbed or “fluted” glass boasts a convex, curve-like and outward appearance.

Whether your goal is compartmentalizing an office or conference area for quick meetings, or adding pizzazz to retail display cases, both adhere to classic elegance for various uses and industries.

It's still important to recognize the distinction between reeded and ribbed glass for your project, and therefore recommended to work with an experienced fabricator such as Dillmeier Glass Company for additional guidance. 


Below we’ll discuss the differences between reeded glass and ribbed glass, and the best uses and applications for each. 

Ribbed Glass

Suitable for various applications and industries, reeded glass alludes to a concave,
hollowed-out and inward look

Reeded Glass Features

The timeless and versatile appearance of reeded glass enumerates flair and aesthetics to any application through subtle hints of light, while still maintaining privacy. 

With typical standard thickness ranges from 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch lites, reeded glass is suitable for modular glass walls, windows, and doors. Its ripple-like appearance provides decorative branding, as well as privacy for discretionary-driven industries such as healthcare.

Pressing glass between metal rollers, Dillmeier Glass Company’s U.S.-based float glass manufacturer partners create a customized “reeded” pattern. Our trained technicians will then incorporate finishing services to include edging, polishing, and cutting and shaping.

This also includes our multi-step tempering and fabrication process, whereby glass is heat treated within special tempering ovens. Adhering to standards organization ASTM International guidelines, this adds strength to annealed or untreated glass, while also upholding safety measures.  

 

Rippled Glass

As outlined below, ribbed or “fluted” glass boasts a convex, curve-like and outward appearance to maintain interior privacy and natural light.


What Is Ribbed Glass?

Differentiated through thickness and groove levels, reeded glass alludes to a concave, hollowed-out and inward look, while ribbed or “fluted” glass boasts a convex, curve-like and outward appearance.

Also known as fluted glass, ribbed glass is recognizable through its vertical, radius convex shape to maintain interior privacy and natural light. With viewing distorted to the naked eye, the linear, “fluted” appearance of ribbed glass creates the illusion of a smooth, flowing design through either clear or low-iron glass.

Similar to a reeded pattern, ribbing also emits natural light while still keeping an open floor plan within required separation. This can be achieved through floor-to-ceiling modular glass walls, as well as ribbed glass dividers and partitions.

Ribbed glass can also be incorporated within traditional or sliding glass doors. Crafted to frame out walls or panels, choose from partially or fully glazed, or powdered aluminum integrations. This also undergoes Dillmeier Glass Company’s heat-treated tempering process. 

Whether incorporating reeded or ribbed designs, it’s best to work with a glass fabricator who understands your project’s design and goals.

 

Reeded and Fluted Glass Applications & Industries 

Both reeded and ribbed glass are suited for the following industries and accompanying applications.

Retail & Hospitality

Partitions & Dividers: Add privacy within restaurants or bars/lounges while maintaining a bright atmosphere.

Displays & Shelving: From high-end jewelry and handbags to food and drinks, reeded or ribbed glass casts a hint of decoration for clarity and appeal.

Healthcare Facilities

Patient Waiting Areas: Provide a soothing aesthetic for discretion and privacy.

Exam Rooms: Quickly transform any area into a closed-off setting with ribbed or reeded glass doors and walls.

Reception Area Partitions: Enable staff to maintain separation, while easily communicating with patients and internal personnel.

Offices & Other Commercial Spaces

Modular Glass Walls: Consider this for slight privacy illusions within conference rooms and individual offices.

Partitions & Dividers: Utilized more and more for safe person-to-person communications, these can be customized for branding and personalization.

Railings: Either ribbed or reeded glass provide added enhancements, while also maintaining transparency and light. 

Reeded or Ribbed Glass: The Deciding Factors

Whether you incorporate reeded or ribbed designs, it’s best to work with a glass fabricator who understands your project’s design and goals. They can draw upon their experience to ensure everything is completed on time, on budget, and at the highest standards.


Contact Dillmeier Glass Company to determine if your project and application is best suited for ribbed or reeded glass.

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