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What is Toughened Glass?

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When talking about glasses, we can't really distinguish which is which because of how similar they all are in their appearances. But if you will look closer, each type has its own properties.

Toughened or tempered glass has gained popularity among other types of glass because of the number of benefits it has. In this blog, we will find out what distinguishes it from the rest and why it stands out in today's architecture.

What is toughened glass?

Toughened glass, otherwise known as safety glass, is glass that is significantly stronger than regular glass and is up to five times stronger than non-toughened glass. At Instrument Glasses, we are specialists in glass manufacturing. We create high-quality glass and install beautiful and creative glass installations, such as glass balustrades, splashbacks and display cabinets.

What is toughened glass used for?

Toughened glass is generally used for preparing balcony doors, windows, facades, shower doors, bathroom doors, exhibition areas and displays etc. the tempered glass is used in preparing doors and windows for rich industrial buildings. The tuffen glass is also used for housing projects. The frameless shower doors, glass shelves and for huge fixed windows, the toughened glass is used.

Can toughened glass break?

Toughened glass, like that used in shower screens, is the only type of glass that can “explode”. Obviously other types of glass can smash and crack.

Exploding glass is a phenomenon by which toughened glass (or tempered) may spontaneously break (or explode) without any apparent reason. The most common causes are:

  • Internal defects within the glass such as nickel sulfide inclusions

  • Minor damage during installation such as nicked or chipped edges later developing into larger breaks normally radiating from point of defect.

  • Binding of the glass in the frame, causing stresses to develop as the glass expands and contracts due to thermal changes or deflects due to wind

  • Thermal stresses in the glass

  • Inadequate glass thickness to resist wind load

If you'd like more information on toughened glass, get in touch with Instrument Glasses, London glass manufacturers today.

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