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Why Safety Glass Is Very Strong and Durable

August 26, 2020

As a better alternative to standard glass which is commonly used for creating house windows and doors, safety glass is designed to reduce risks of injury during damage, thus offering much more security. It is commonly used in applications that demand increased protection or uses that are prone to physical harm. It was first developed in the early 20th century through celluloid polymers and adhesives. Since its introduction, it has become widespread in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. 

What are the different types of glass available?

The common forms of modern safety glass include tempered, laminated, and armed glass. Of these three types, the tempered glass, also known as toughened glass is the most widely used. It is a heat-treated glass material that is specially made for high strength and safe shattering. This kind of glass does not break into sharp edges. Rather, they shatter into small pebble-like pieces. The glass is processed through a tempering process that heats the glass to a very high temperature of between 1100°F and 1300°F. 

Once the heat treating is done, the glass will be cooled down quickly using powerful drafts of cold air. Once it has cooled down, it hardens under the stress exerted onto its structure. The resulting glass is much stronger and  is capable of withstanding about five times the amount of force applied to break the untreated glass. The main drawback with safety glass, however, is that it’s quite difficult to manufacture as it should be cut or shaped prior to heat strengthening. Moreover, it is prone to break entirely from impact instead of leaving fragments intact. 

Despite these cons, tempered glass is often used as the side and rear windows of automobiles because of its safe shattering qualities and high impact resistance. Likewise, it is also utilized in building doors, shower enclosures, mass transit windows, sliding doors, as well as large home appliances. Other types of this glass are also found in uncommon projects such as bullet-proof shielding and small-scale explosive blast protection.

So, when you need tempered glass in Toronto, All Team Glass is the best place to look. All our products are produced in accordance with Canadian industry standards and tested in a third-party laboratory - this is to ensure you with durable and extra strong glass products for your complete safety.  


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