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Safety Glass

It may seem like an oxymoron to put safety and glass together as if glass can be safe, but in reality, there are forms of glass that are “safer” than others. In the glass world, two types of glass can be considered “safe,” and they are tempered glass and laminated glass. Do you know the difference between the two? No, well, let’s examine the difference.

Tempered Glass
Tempered glass is about four times stronger than regular glass or annealed glass. The tempering process makes the glass better able to resist the forces caused by heat, wind, and impact. When tempered glass breaks, it shatters into small cubes, reducing the likelihood of serious injury on impact, thus it qualifies as a safety glass material. Tempered glass is used in automotive glass, monitor screens, constructions—frameless glass doors, sliding glass doors, glass enclosures, stair rails, and home appliances.

Laminated Glass
Sometimes referred to as “lami,” is made by placing a layer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral) between two or more layers of glass and then fusing them together under heat and pressure. The thickness of lami qualifies it as safety glass, and when it breaks, the pieces adhere to the PVB and do not fly or fall. Laminated glass is used for glass doors, table tops, cabinet glass, storefronts, shelving, mirrors, and more.

Both of these glass types are versatile and because they are “safe,” you can rest assured that people won’t get hurt or injured if the glass is     broken or damaged. If you need tempered or laminated glass, for your next build, we have it in stock at AGI, so just give us a call.