What Is Toughened Glass? Where is it used?

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What exactly is toughened glass?

Toughened glass, as the name implies, is merely normal plate glass or flat annealed glass which has been processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments in order to increase its tensile strength.

Its also know as tempered glass or safety glass.

During its manufacture, the inner portion of the glass is put under tension, and the outer surfaces are compressed. The effect is such that when these toughened pieces shatter, they crumble into harmless ice cubed like pieces as opposed to forming large jagged shards like annealed glass would.

The end result is that toughened glass is not only much stronger, but it’s also much safer for domestic use and drastically reduces the possibility of injury.

Toughened glass is usually 4 to 5 times the strength of annealed glass.

Where is toughened glass generally used?

Toughened glass is most commonly found in Balustrades, shower screens and enclosures, office partitions, Table tops, glass shelving, floor glass, Double glazing panes and exhibition areas and displays etc. It can also be found in gadgets like phone screens/ cases and in cars, vans, trains trucks and planes!

Due to the strength of the tempered glass, it is not all that uncommon to see it deployed in the making of and for oversized fixed windows and facades, for screens and security, even bullet proof glass for vehicles.

The advantages of using toughened glass:

  • Toughened glass is extremely durable when compared to regular glass and not only resists breaking, but also reduces the risk of injury in the case of an accident.
  • It is very lightweight by nature, so can reduce the carrying costs associated with your project.
  • Toughened glass can create a distinguished, modern, and refined look when deployed on the exterior of a building.
  • By using large toughened glass panels, one can ensure that a pleasant amount of natural light enters your chosen space, creating a bright atmosphere in which to work or relax.

Toughened glass variants:

Toughened glass comes in many forms, each with its own sets of benefits and ideal uses. The most commonly used forms are as follows:

  • Clear toughened glass
  • Laminated toughened glass
  • Reflective toughened glass
  • Tinted toughened glass
  • Frosted toughened glass
  • Toughened Mirror Glass

These are the most commonly used glass types for improving the aesthetic of interior and exterior spaces both in the domestic and commercial setting.

Laminated variety toughened glass lends to a stylish and sleek appearance. Frosted toughened glasses are ideal for the bathroom and ensure durability and privacy whilst also allowing for the space to be enriched with natural light.

Reflective glass is more commonly found on large-scale industrial and commercial projects and generates a sleek appearance which has become synonymous with modern architecture styles.

Clear toughened glass can be used pretty much anywhere where there is a need for natural light, coupled with a need for durability. Any of these can be found for instance in single, double, or triple glazed form, depending on their application.

Toughened glass sizes and uses:

Toughened glass can come with a frame fabricated from different materials, with UPVC and wooden frames being the most widely used. However, in recent years the trend has been to use frameless glass in construction projects.

Frameless toughened doors and particularly sliding glass doors are widely used nowadays in industrial buildings, colleges, and apartment buildings. One of the more stylish variants of this is the patch fitting frameless glass door.

Currently in the UK the Biggest Toughened plants can product Toughened Sheets of glass in a massive 3000mm x 6000mm or Jumbo size as its called in the trade.

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