Glass Installation: Understanding the Strongest Type of Glass Available in the Market

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Glass installation has long been a solution for improving safety and security in our residences and commercial buildings. However, some locations need to be more secure or safe. Quality construction and glass selection are important considerations to assure security and safety. The need for extra-strength, heat-resistant, and high-level security glasses increases to suit various application needs because regular standard glass is prone to break when exposed to accidental impacts. Let’s go over the strongest type of glass available in the market today.

Laminated Glass

This type of glass usually holds together and stays in the frame when shuttered. The interlayer, which is formed of polyvinyl butyric (PVB), binds it together when it breaks to prevent it from disintegrating into tiny pieces. Laminated glass is made up of two or more layers of glass joined together for extra strength by a PVB layer.  If struck, it shatters into large shards that stick together to form a pattern resembling a spider web. In hurricane-prone areas, laminated glass is frequently utilised in skylight glazing, car windscreens, storefronts, windows, and curtain walls. The PVB interlayer also confers on the glass the qualities of sound insulation and UV radiation blockage. Laminated glass is commonly used for shop fronts. Click here to discover how laminated safety glass is changing the way we design shopfronts.

Plate Glass

The most fragile and least resilient type of glass is this one. Rolling procedures from a solid plate produce flat Glass. Spreading liquid glass while hot on a flat metal table creates plate glass. Once it has been spread, rollers are then used to polish and smooth it while it cools. Plate glass has several functions but is most commonly used to manufacture windows, mirrors, glass tables, and other flat glass applications. Plate glass can also be made using a technique known as floating, hence the term “float glass”. The brittleness of plate glass is one of its drawbacks. Its breaking can result in significant damage from its flying shards.

Toughened (tempered) Glass

For reasons of safety, this type of glass is recommended. It is created via carefully monitored thermal or chemical processing. Compared to standard “plate glass,” it is stronger thanks to the manufacturing procedures used. When tempered, the outer surface tends to compress. The inner surface experiences tension at the same moment, making the glass resistant to breaking. It doesn’t shatter into sharp pieces like old-fashioned “annealed glass” but instead securely breaks into tiny granular fragments. Toughened or laminated glass is indeed one of the strongest types of glass available in the market today. There are several applications for toughened glass, including shower doors, car windows, architectural glass windows and doors, refrigerator doors and trays, diving masks, and more.

For all your residential or commercial needs, our experts at Quick Fit Glass will offer great advice and installation services for high-quality glass windows and doors. Our tradesmen are fully qualified by the Australian Glass & Glazing Association (AGGA). Our glass experts provide fast, quality repairs at competitive prices.

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