Glass offers a surprisingly innovative material with a number of very attractive applications. From stunning shower enclosures and decorative partition walls to impressive stairways and gleaming kitchen backsplashes, glass can be used for both functional and decorative purposes. Because of its fragile nature, glass must be treated to reduce the risk of breakage. Laminating and tempering are the two most common types of glass treatments used for both residential and commercial applications. Here, we explore the pros and cons of each to help you decide which is best for your needs.
Laminated glass provides added strength using a thin, clear layer of plastic sandwiched between two layers of glass. Should the glass be shattered, the damage is minimized as the glass remains in its frame. This creates a highly durable glass ideal for many uses, including the windshield in your car. Tempered glass, on the other hand, is strengthened through a controlled thermal or chemical treatment to increase its durability and is safer if broken.
Tempered glass has many pros, including:
Just keep in mind when purchasing tempered glass, all design and functional features must be included at the time the glass is prepared, such as holes, sizing, etc. This means that should adjustments be required, the glass must be made again from scratch.
Laminated glass has some different advantages from tempered glass, including:
A downfall, however, of purchasing laminated glass would be the price point and not as design-friendly. Depending on the budget and the use of the glass, it might make more sense to go with tempered glass.
As you can see, both types of glass have their advantages. Looking at their similarities, both types of safety glass are available in a variety of thicknesses and colours/tints, offer pristine clarity and durability, and are easy to clean up when shattered. On the negative side, laminated glass tends to be more expensive. When choosing between the two, you need to consider how the glass will be used.
Laminated glass is recommended when:
Tempered glass is recommended when:
Both types of glass can be used for a variety of applications. However, if you’re considering getting glass for your home or business, tempered glass might be the better option. It’s more affordable overall, still provides security, doesn’t leave sharp edges once broken, and can be used for a variety of designs. At Glass Showers and More, our team of glass experts can recommend the best product for your needs. Click here to contact us today.
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