Contemporary Steel Doors use 4mm toughened glass as standard for added safety and all our online prices are based on 4mm toughened glass our sales team will discuss your glass options prior to production. Glass is available in various thickness and finishes as below :
Frosted finish commonly know as acid etched or shot-blasted in which provides a level of privacy
Tinted Glass adding a very slight hint of colour
Reeded glass provides a decretive obscured glass finish for the very retro look commonly used in the 50s and 60s this is available toughened for added safety
Contemporary Steel Doors use 4mm toughened glass as standard for added safety and all our online prices are based on 4mm toughened glass our sales team will discuss your glass options prior to production
Explanation of Toughened Glass and toughened laminated glass:
What is toughened glass?
Toughened glass – also known as tempered glass – is up to five times
stronger than regular glass. This is achieved by heating regular glass at high temperatures (650°C) and then cooling very quickly. This process makes it tougher (hence the name) and up to 400% or 500% more resistant to heat
and shock than ordinary glass.
The aim of the toughening process is to primarily improve the structural
durability and thermal strength of the glass, in turn increasing its resilience and ability to withstand heat. It’s worth noting that this type of glass cannot be re-cut after it has been toughened; it must be cut prior to the toughening process.
Toughened glass is specially treated so that it will break into small, blunt
pieces under pressure, making it much safer than shards of normal glass.
What is laminated glass?
Laminated glass technically has the same strength as regular glass but has a
plastic interlayer between two panes of 3mm thick glass, holding them
together. The PVB plastic interlayer is a tough resin which will hold the shards in place should the glass break, providing a safe double-layered design.
For safety reasons, laminated glass must comply with EN ISO 12543
specifications, and the transparency of the glass won’t be altered during the laminating process.
How are toughened glass and laminated glass different?
After looking at the differences between toughened and laminated glass, it’s
clear that both types can endure greater impact and stress, withstanding high and low temperatures also. This makes them the perfect option when it
comes to health and safety standards.
Due to the layers, laminated glass is thicker than toughened glass and,
therefore, offers better insulation and resistance against any shock or
damage, whether it be accidental or intentional. That said, laminated glass is heavier and more costly than toughened, so it’s important to weigh up what is most important to you prior to purchasing anything.