Tempered glass is a great solution when you need glass anywhere in the home which may be more prone to damage and breakage.
But there are a lot of misconceptions associated with tempered glass we hope to clear up in this post. Fact or fiction: upgrade to tempered glass whenever possible is intended to help consumers discern where it’s advisable to make the switch and where it may be “overkill”.
The Facts About Tempered Glass
Tempered glass is a safety glass which is much more resistant to impact than standard glazing. If it does break, it shatters into tiny pebbles which are infinitely less dangerous than the shards caused by the breakage of standard glass. These little chunks are unlikely to even scratch you.
Tempered glass is created by exposing glass to 1100-degree heat and then flash cooling it in a water bath. This renders the outer layer of the product much stronger. This type of glass is different from heated glass, which is cooled slowly. While heated glass is still stronger than regular glass, the shards created should it break are just as dangerous as if it had not been treated at all.
Saying it’s desirable to upgrade to tempered glass whenever possible is a gross overstatement of reality. It’s fiction, in other words.
While tempered glass can and does save lives when deployed intelligently, there are some instances in which its use isn’t appropriate.
When exposed to high heat (like the summer sun) tempered glass can fail. The heat exposure can cause a process whereby the glass becomes more vulnerable to shattering. When considering adding tempered glass windows, the direction the windows face and sun exposure should, therefore, be carefully considered.
With tempered glass for reflective surfaces, the possibility of distortion is very real. With heated glass, you get less of this, so it’s a better option if you’re trying to avoid a distorted effect in mirrors or mirrored surfaces.
For high-rise windows, heated treated glass is also a better option. Should the glass shatter due to a natural disaster, or for any other reason, tempered glass is less likely to stay in the window frame than heated glass. That’s a serious safety concern.
What to Look for
You’ll know that glass has been tempered when you see a small logo in the corner. This logo means that the glass has received the approval of the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), by satisfying the standards of these two agencies.
Ask the Pros at AGM
Accurate Glass and Mirror is the Tri-State area’s premier shower and glass company. If you have questions about ideal uses for tempered glass, we have the answers you’re looking for.
Contact us to find out where tempered glass can be most effectively deployed in your home and outdoor areas. Tempered glass is a superior solution for areas of your home which require an extra layer of safety for your peace of mind.
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