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Understanding the Benefits of Tempered Glass in Toronto

29-01-2019

Q: What do the windows of vehicles, balcony doors, shower enclosures, and building facades all have in common?

A: They all have some element made up of, or are completely composed of tempered glass.

Why Do We Use Tempered Glass?

Tempered glass in Toronto is used in applications that require thermal resistance, safety, and a higher degree of strength. Tempered glass is regarded as a type of safety glass as it is four times stronger than regular ‘annealed’ glass.

The term ‘safety glass’ is used to describe glass that has the capacity to endure surface compression stress that does not surpass 100 megapascals. ‘Tempered’ glass is used to describe glass that has the capacity to endure surface compression stress that does not exceed 69 megapascals. Tempered glass is also safer, stronger, and more scratch/damage resistant than regular glass.

Unlike regular glass, tempered glass fractures into small pieces upon impact. The smaller pieces of fractured tempered glass are less likely to hurt someone in comparison to the sharp shards that regular glass fractures into upon initial impact.

How is Tempered Glass Made?

Tempered glass in Toronto can be manufactured in one of two processes:

  • The first involves a heat treatment process where it travels through a tempering oven. After the heating treatment process, the glass is then subjected to a high-pressure cooling process.
  • A secondary approach to manufacturing tempered glass is through chemical tempering, where specific chemicals will swap ions on the surface of the glass to develop compression

Where Do We Use Tempered Glass?

Tempered Glass in Vehicle Windows

Vehicle windows require thermal resistance, safety, and a higher degree of strength. Cars are typically stored outside and are likely to undergo the temperature changes brought on through seasonal changes, and thus require a thermal resistance. Car windows must also be able to offer protection against small impacts from driving such as small rocks, or the impact from car accidents.

Tempered Glass in Shower Enclosures

Tempered glass is used in constructing shower enclosures primarily due to their durability. The last thing you want is for your shower door to shatter while you’re taking a shower. Tempered glass is also known for its thermal resistance. From cold to hot showers, everyone in your family may have different temperature preferences, but your shower should be able to withstand dramatic temperature changes regardless.

Choosing High- Tempered Glass in Toronto

If you’re looking for tempered glass in Toronto, consider giving the highly experienced team at All Team Glass a call. We produce safety glass that is fully certified by the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC). We are proud to say that all of our tempered glass adhere to the standards set by the Canadian General Standard’s board specifications. If you’re looking for tempered glass, All Team Glass is here to get the job done!

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