Safety and security glass
Toughened glass is produced by heat treatment to increase its strength four to five times compared with normal glass. Tempering creates balanced internal stresses which cause the glass, when broken, to crumble into small granular pieces less likely to cause injury.
As a result of its strength toughened glass is used in a variety of demanding applications including windows, doors, shower enclosures, architectural glass, tables, balustrades and any risk areas where glass is installed.
Laminated glass is layers of glass and plastic. When broken the interlayer keeps the glass bonded together and prevents the glass from breaking into large pieces. This produces a characteristic spider web pattern.
Laminated glass is normally used when there is a possibility of the glass falling out or where it is necessary to retain a barrier even when the glass is broken, typically frameless balustrades, shop fronts, roof light glazing and when security is an issue.