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What is Toughened Glass?

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

Ask any interior designer as to what bestows elegance and structural value to a home or office space, and they’ll answer with Glass.

Glass designs give your home and offices a modish and modern aspect.

Today, most multi-storied offices ornate their appearance with massive glass walls and doors, and the trend has made its way into most suburban homes too.

Although glass has been thought to be fragile since ages, the modern glass used in building today is tough and can withstand external impacts gracefully.

However, in the interest of the safety of your home and office, it is best to learn all you can about toughened glasses before signing up for one of these designs.

The text below will give you some idea about the properties and applications of Toughened Glass.

What is Toughened Glass?

Toughened glass, also known as tempered glass and safety glass, has different physical properties from standard annealed glass. It undergoes compression and the application of external tension through thermal treatment to increase its strength and bending capabilities. The resulting glass is durable and robust enough to withstand most external impacts and is useful for multiple building applications.

Where to Use Toughened Glasses?

Toughened glasses look delicate but as we have just learned, are actually quite strong. These are often used in exhibition or display areas that need to be stylish as well as durable, given their frequent usage by people.

Tempered glasses are primarily used for doors, windows, and table designs.

However, they are also used in frameless balcony doors, railings, shower doors, glass shelves, kitchen shelves, floor-level windows, and facades.

What are the Properties of Toughened Glass?

  1. Strength: The tempering process alters the chemical composition of toughened glasses, making it much more resilient, tough, and durable. They can endure surface compression of upto 10,000 lbs per square inch and are used as safety glasses for this very reason. They are also popular in areas prone to natural calamities given their propensity to not break easily.

  2. Thermal resistance: Over time, glasses expand and contract due to heat exposure. This uneven heating procedure can produce undue stress in the glass leading to thermal breakage. Toughened glasses are tempered with temperatures reaching 650 degrees Celsius and rapidly cooled, making them tough and resistant to heat damage.

  3. Enhanced safety: As we have established above, tempered glasses are tough. They don’t easily break under normal circumstances, and it is quite a challenge to break them even in disastrous conditions. And even if they do shatter, they break down into small, pebble-like pieces that are less likely to cause any injuries. In contrast, standard annealed glasses break in multiple shards with sharp edges that can cause many fatalities. In comparison to annealed glasses, toughened glasses possess four times the strength and durability.

  4. Versatile nature: Along with all the strength, durability, and tenacity, toughened glass is also quite versatile in nature and can be used as per your requirements. Several options for designs and different varieties are available in the market today to help them gel with your interiors perfectly and enhance your front elevation.

What are the Types of Toughened Glass?

  1. Clear toughened glass: These are the most commonly used tempered glasses.

  2. Laminated toughened glass: They have unique designs and provide a scenic view upon installation.

  3. Frosted toughened glass: They are primarily used for rimless bathroom doors and windows.

  4. Reflective toughened glass: They are majorly used in industrial and mega-residence projects.

  5. Tinted and decorative toughened glasses: They are used for uniquely designed windows and balcony doors.

About Pro Glass & Railings-

At Pro Glass & Railings, you only choose premium performances for premium results. Whether you’re looking for toughened shower glass installation at your home or office, we offer you a variety of options to choose from and make your living and working spaces beautiful, stronger, and more durable.

We also offer glass services for railings, showers, custom mirrors & decorative glasses, doors, and partitions, among others. Call us at (416)-740-5553 to get a direct quote or fill out our contact form to know more about our glass shower door installation services.

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