Selecting the right type of commercial glass is a critical aspect of maintaining safe premises for any business. Understanding the different kinds of commercial glass is key when planning a safety glass installation. Here’s what you need to know.
Types of commercial safety glass
For many commercial property owners, windows are all the same — but nothing could be further from the truth. Differences in the types of safety glass make each one better suited for certain applications. Here are some of the advantages of common types of safety glass to help you decide which is best for your needs.
Laminated glass Laminated glass is made of two or more layers of glass that sandwich a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or resin. It can be made clear, tinted, reflective or energy efficient. Laminated glass is commonly used in storefronts and areas where security is concerned because it won’t shatter on impact. It may crack, but the interlayer holds the shards together, preventing them from falling apart, which greatly reduces the chance of someone getting hurt.
Tempered glass Tempered glass is made by heating and quickly cooling the glass to increase its strength. When it breaks, it shatters into small, relatively harmless chunks, reducing the risk of severe injuries. It’s often used in commercial doors, windows and partitions. Additionally, like laminate, tempered glass comes in an array of glass finishes or glazing options. Wire glass Wire glass has a wire mesh embedded within the glass to enhance its fire-resistance properties. It's commonly used in fire-rated doors and windows, protecting against flames and heat. While it effectively increases fire safety and shatter resistance, it can’t be tempered and isn’t as strong as other types of safety glass.
Polycarbonate Polycarbonate is made from a tough, transparent plastic. It's highly impact-resistant and often used in areas where breakage is a concern, such as bus shelters or high-traffic areas. Polycarbonate can also be applied as a glazing to reinforce existing glass structures. Whether you opt for laminated, tempered, wire or polycarbonate glass, consider each type’s unique properties and how they cater to your specific safety needs. By working with professional commercial safety glass installers, adhering to provincial safety regulations and practicing regular maintenance, you can create a safe and secure environment for your employees and customers.
Safety Glass Installation In Northwestern Canada
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