Acid-etched Glass For Exterior Applications

A Unique Way to Move Light!

Because acid-etching is not a coating, its resistance properties to exterior conditions are essentially equivalent to unetched glass.

Contrary to popular belief, acid-etched glass is not only suitable for interiors but can be readily used in exterior applications as well. This versatile semi-transparent substrate is ideally suited for reducing glare, diffusing light, providing privacy while maximizing daylighting and much more. Combined with any low-e substrate in an insulating glass unit, acid-etched glass creates a brilliant and stunning energy-efficient glazing alternative. The etched surface can be used on any of the four surfaces of an insulating glass unit, each providing a different and unique visual effect.

Acid-etched glass can be used in many exterior applications, such as:

  • Sealed units
  • Exterior doors
  • Balustrades
  • Railings
  • Spandrel
  • Atriums
  • Canopies
  • Skylights
  • Transportation shelters
  • Bird friendly façades
  • ... And many more

Here are some advantages of using acid-etched glass in exterior applications:

  • Cleaning & maintenance similar to unetched glass
  • No significant impact on solar performance
  • Can be exposed to weather conditions on surface 1
  • No impact on visible light transmittance
  • Closed-pore surface that does not easily trap dirt & particles
  • Harmonized spandrel and vision areas
  • Enhanced rendering of color on glass
  • Reduces glare significantly
  • Unique design
  • Adds a measure of privacy
  • Depth in the glass
  • Brilliance in the surface
  • Excellent to diffuse light

Limited Warranty on Surface Degradation

Walker warrants, for a period of 10 years, that the etched surface will not degrade, provided that the surface is not subjected to any conditions that would otherwise lead to premature degradation of unetched float glass.

For the complete terms and conditions of the Walker Textures® warranty, please click here.


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Is Walker Textures® glass the right solution?

There are an unlimited number of potential combinations when using acid-etched glass in exterior applications (low-e, ceramic frit, digital printing and more).Walker will provide standard size samples ranging from 4” x 4” to 24” x 36”. If required, full size mock-ups can be made available and we can also provide Insulated Glass Unit samples.

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