There is often some confusion around the difference between toughened glass and laminated glass; many people think that they are the same thing.
However, these two types of safety glass have very different properties which give them the strength they need to provide adequate protection in their relevant applications.
Therefore, in this article, we will discuss the difference between toughened and safety glass, as well as the benefits of combining the two for optimal safety.
Toughened glass is often referred to as tempered glass and is generally 5 times stronger than annealed (standard glass) and laminated glass of the same thickness and size.
The tempering process used during manufacturing, which involves exposing the glass to intense heat before rapidly cooling it, is what gives this safety glass its strength.
As a result, toughened glass has a higher breakage and load resistance, which means it needs a much bigger impact than other types of safety glass before it breaks.
If it does break, it will shatter into very small granular chunks, rather than larger, jagged shards left behind by standard glass which pose an obvious safety and injury risk to anyone in close proximity.
Another advantage of tempered glass is that it provides a high level of UV protection and has insulation properties which help retain heat inside during winter.
However, it offers slightly less light transmission than standard glass.
In addition, tempered glass can withstand extreme heat at temperatures of up to 250°C, making it up to 5 times more resistant to heat than standard glass.
Laminated glass is made by bonding two or more sheets of standard glass together with thin sheets of plastic in between each sheet.
As a result, if the glass breaks, it does not shatter into pieces but rather stays in tact as the glass sticks to the inter-laying plastic sheets.
This offers a high level of protection against injury caused by falling glass and also prevents intruders from creating a hole in the glass in order to access the vehicle or building.
There are various types of laminated glass which are designed to resist impact caused by blasts, bullets and fire.
When it comes to providing protection for your home, it’s a good idea to consider combining toughened glass and laminated glass.
In doing so, you get to experience the benefits of both types of glass in one.
Although it’s much stronger than standard glass, toughened glass might not provide enough protection on its own.
Toughened laminated glass provides a barrier that is extremely difficult to penetrate, because if one of the panes does break, it will be held together by the interlayer of plastic.
This combination safety glass can be used in your windows, doors, shower screens and outdoor applications such as patio roofs or conservatories.
We manufacture and install architectural safety glass which includes toughened glass, laminated glass as well as combinations of the two.
For more information, please contact us today.
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