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If you live or do business in an area that requires a heightened level of security, then installing safety glass on your property is an important decision to make.
Safety glass refers to special glass designed with safety features that make it less likely to break, or less likely to pose a threat when broken. Common types of safety glass include toughened glass, laminated glass, heat-strengthened glass, tempered glass and wire mesh glass.
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Safety glass is intended to substitute for standard glass in situations that require a greater level of security and a lowered chance of injury from broken glass. Safety glass has become widespread in commercial, industrial, educational, and household applications.
Safety glass has been in use for nearly a century, but modern safety glass has little resemblance to the safety glass of the past. Modern safety glass is capable of withstanding nearly four times as much force as standard glass before breaking. Additionally, safety glass does not shatter into dangerous shards of glass. Safety glass either does not shatter or shatters into pebble-like granules.
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Safety glass is manufactured to create less chance of injury when broken and to withstand more force when impacted by a force. Safety glass differs from bullet-resistant or ballistic-resistant glass in that safety glass is not designed to withstand ballistic impact. Safety glass is not meant to stop projectiles from firearms, ballistic weapons, or other weapons.
Safety glass is designed to create a safer glass that is more capable of handling every day activities and common impact threats. If your home or business is under threat by projectiles, ballistic weapons or riots then bullet-resistant and ballistic-resistant glass is a better choice.
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There are a number of different varieties of safety glass to choose from. The type of safety glass that is best for you, your home or your business depends on your individual budget and needs.
Types of safety glass include:
- Toughened glass
- Laminated glass
- Heat-strengthened glass,
- Tempered glass
- Wire mesh glass
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Toughened glass is glass that has been made to resist greater force than standard glass panes. When toughened glass breaks, it does not break into dangerous shards. Toughened glass breaks into small, cube-shaped pieces.
Toughened glass can be made in several ways. Some toughened glass is made through a process involving heat and cold. This process is called tempering.
Other toughened glass is made with chemical reactions. This type of toughened glass is strengthened by creating stronger chemical ion exchange.
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Laminated glass is made by placing a layer of polyvinyl butyral between two or more glass layers. The entire unit is then fused together with heat and pressure to create a stronger and more resistant piece of glass.
When laminated glass shatters it does not break into dangerous shards. The pieces stick to the polyvinyl butyral layers for increased safety.
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HEAT STRENGTHENED GLASS
Heat-strengthened glass and tempered glass are very similar. Both involve similar processes to create tougher and more resistant glass.
With heat-strengthened glass, the cooling process is slower, which means the strength from compression is lower as well. Heat-strengthened glass is not as strong as tempered glass, but is twice as strong as untreated or standard glass.
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As stated above, tempered glass is similar to heat-strengthened glass. Tempered glass is significantly stronger than heat-strengthened glass. When tempered glass is manufactured it is heated to extreme temperatures before being force cooled to create surface and edge compression.
With tempered glass, the cooling process is sped up to create higher surface compression and/or higher edge compression in the glass. This process makes tempered glass five-time strong than untreated standard glass.
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WIRE MESH GLASS
Wire mesh glass is glass that incorporates metal lattice material embedded into the glass to create a stronger more secure composite. This composite produces a powerful security tool that holds together should the glass be broken or shattered.
Wire is embedded in the glass during production. Wire mesh glass has a similar impact resistance to normal glass, but the wire mesh keeps the glass from shattering or falling away when it is broken.