Glass that has been heated to softening point then rapidly cooled. Toughened glass is five times stronger than float glass and offers the highest resistance to impact. It is ideal for application in Doors, Windows, Railing, Table Tops etc. If broken, the whole pane of glass shatters into small pieces that are relatively safe.
Typically, if you have more than 1 or 2 windows that require repair, we will need to visit the site to provide you with a free estimate. However, if you have just one or two windows and would like an estimate over the telephone here are some of the questions we will ask you :
Heat strengthened and toughened glasses are manufactured during a similar process on the same type of machinery. The only difference during manufacture is the application of different levels of stress induced into the product. As a consequence of this, toughened glass breaks into small relatively harmless pieces when broken and as such is considered being a safety glazing material. Heat strengthened breaks in larger pieces similar to annealed glass and is not considered a safety glazing material unless it is made into a laminated product.
Heat strengthened glass may be installed in any situation that does not require a safety glass. Both glass types are resistant to thermal breakage as they are stronger than annealed glass. However, unlike annealed glass, neither can be cut or drilled after being manufactured and any alterations such as edge grinding, sand blasting or acid etching will weaken the glass and can cause premature failure. Safety glass is a term given to specific types of glass that when broken will break in such a way as to minimize potential injury to people. This is in contrast to standard “plate glass” which can be dangerous due to the large sharp spear-like pieces that are created when broken