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What Are the Different Types of Safety Glass and Their Benefits?

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Projections show that the global tempered glass market will reach a size of $93.6 billion by 2030.

There are various types of glass on the market, and tempered glass is one type that's used for improved safety. Several types of safety glass are available for different applications. Depending on what you're after, you might have a lot to gain from the benefits of safety glass.

If you're wondering whether you need safety glass in your location, read on. Here are some of the different types of safety glass and their benefits.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is one of the most common types of custom safety glass. It's made using a sandwich structure - two layers of glass with a layer of thin plastic between them.

These layers are bonded together so that if the glass breaks, it will be held in place. This stops shards from coming loose, keeping things much safer. It commonly breaks in a spiderweb pattern which laminated glass is well known for.

Some common applications include vehicle windows/windscreens. It's also often used for applications at height to prevent shards of glass from falling down onto people.

A notable limitation is that it's not ideal for escape or rescue as it's difficult to break through. It's also combustible, which makes it a less suitable choice for certain applications.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is treated to alter the internal and external properties. The result is that it's physically stronger and more heat resistant. Unlike laminated glass, tempered glass will break into a large number of small chunks.

This means that there won't be any large shards that could cause serious injury. On the downside, someone could break through it with just a small puncture. This type of glass is ideal for emergency exits as someone can use a sharp object like a screwdriver to shatter and remove it. However, tempered glass is still several times stronger than standard annealed glass of equal thickness, making it an often desired choice.

Acrylic Glass

Also known as plexiglass, this technically isn't glass but serves the same purpose. It's a translucent plastic that's significantly stronger than glass. Acrylic is used for applications where glass is considered too brittle.

A good example of this is the windows in large aquariums, where strength and durability are essential. It's also used in various marine applications, such as yacht windows.

The main downside of acrylic glass is that it's highly flammable. This can be a safety concern in some environments, so it may not be ideal.

Composite Glass

This is any type of glass that's made with two or more structural materials. Laminated glass also falls into this category as it contains a layer of plastic.

Wired glass is one of the most widely seen examples of this. It was widely used for fire resistance and fall restraint application. Newer alternatives are now replacing it, such as Tempered Laminated glass (railings) and Ceramic (fire resistant) options.

Finding the Right Safety Glass in Winnipeg

With the different types of safety glass available, it can be difficult to know what type is best for a given application. Alder Glass provides custom glass services for commercial and residential applications throughout Winnipeg. We can design, supply, and install safety glass for windows, doors, storefronts, and more.

You can discuss your needs with our team, and we'll be able to advise you on the best options available. Contact the Alder Glass team and get a free quote today.


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