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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.

Have you thought about Tempered Glass?

All glass is not created equal, therefore you have to find the right glass for each space within your project. Keep in mind, you may have to use 3 or 4 types of glass to complete your build. So, have you thought about using tempered glass?

Top 4 Ways To Incorporate Tempered Glass

Here are the top four ways builders utilize tempered glass:

  1. Stair Railing – sturdy and holds up to a lot of wear and tear
  2. Table Tops – try it for a conference room table or reception desk
  3. Display Cases – a great choice for retail store fixtures and shelving
  4. Office Partitions – doesn’t break if someone bumps into it

Tempered glass has a lot of versatility. It falls within the “safety” glass family because when it is hit or damaged, it immediately crumbles to the floor instead of shattering everywhere.

Tempered Glass Certification

When you need tempered glass, look for one that is certified by the SGCC (Safety Glazing Certification Council). AGI holds tempered glass certifications for 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch glass thicknesses. Tempered glass from AGI is glass you can trust for all your projects.