• Dan (Auscan Glass)

Safety Glass (and why it matters)

Here in Queensland the 80's produced lots of building trends and one we see all the time in business is the huge windows with fixed pane glass on the bottom half. Most people don't even realise they have it until they bump a piece of furniture into it accidetally and it shatters. As nice as these panes ar to look at, the truth is that they are very unsafe particularly if you have animals or small children living in your home.

In fact over the years we have see people starting to apply films to them in an affort to make them safer. You will most often see safety glass in your home shower doors and screens in an effort to make them safer when broken.

The benefit of safety glass is that it reduces the risk of glass breaking and reduces the danger caused by broken glass. Safety glass is also used outside them home in some applications, including commercial glass, automobile applications, commercial bathrooms and shower glass, and other glass doors, windows, and shopfronts.

But what is safety glass (and why dose it matter?)

California Glass suggests that "Safety glazing is the process used to make glass less susceptible to breakage, and less dangerous when broken" now while there are several different types of safety glazing, the two most common types are tempered glass and laminated glass. Tempered and laminated glass are both required to be permanently labeled indicating their glazing type, usually by etching in the corner.

Tempered glass is processed by controlled chemical or heat treatment to increase strength when compared to standard glass. Tempered glass balances the internal stresses on the glass, and causing the glass to break into small pebble-like pieces when shattered, rather than sharp panes. Laminated glass consists of layers of glass and plastic held together by a binding interlayer. Laminated glass is also usually tempered to avoid the formation of dangerous shards, while the interlayer also prevents glass fragments dispersing.

When it comes to where to put it, in addition to those places listed safety glass must be placed whereever your local codes and legislation suggest it should be, since the building of your home the legislation has almost certainly changed and become stricter, which means if you accidentally break that pane, you will be required to replace it with safety glass. Further it is important to remember that the building codes are enforceable for new, old and remodeled homes and that ensuring you have the right safety glazing in your home or business is essential to meet strict building codes and keep your buildings and occupants safe.

Need safety glass? Talk to Auscan Glass today about options for your options and how we can transform the hazzard into a feature to suit your home or office.


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