Different Types of Safety Glass

Tempered glass panelsGlass is a highly breakable material. Ordinary glass may shatter into sharp shards or small blunt pieces, which can cause serious injuries. Did you know there is a way to ensure glass fittings are less prone to breaking? And if they do break, however, they are less dangerous. Safety glass is glass specifically designed to be tougher, compared with ordinary glass. If it breaks, safety glass shatters into fragments that are less probable to causing injury. Safety glass is also faster and easier to clean. Here are the types of safety glass, according to Auckland’s United Glass.

Tempered/Toughened Glass

This is the most widely available kind of safety glass. Tempered using carefully controlled cooling and heating or chemical processes, this glass shatters into oval-shaped pieces on impact rather than shards. Architects and builders widely use it for doors and windows as well as automobile windows. It is also useful in computer screens, oven windows, and coffee pots because of its heat-resistant feature.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass comprises a double layer of toughened glass with vinyl film in between. The film absorbs the energy from an impact, and the window pane remains in one piece with the distinctive ‘spider web’ crack. Manufacturers use it to make doors and windows, as well as windshields and skylights. This safety glass has the added advantage of UV-blocking and sound insulation.

Wired Glass

This glass is quite common in offices and schools. Thin wires reinforce the glass and hold it in place when shattered. It is ideal for entryways that do not need an impact security rating. It has the extra benefit of fire resistance. The mesh reduces visible light transmission by approximately 25 %.

Ensure you get prompt glass repair for all your broken glass fixtures. This will minimise the risk of anybody getting hurt from the broken glass pieces. A glass expert can advise you on the type of glass that best fits your project’s needs.