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Exploring the Different Types of Safety Glass

Are you in need of commercial glass services in Houston ? If so, then you’ll find that there are a number of glass options from which to choose. To help protect your property, consider choosing safety glass for your commercial glass replacement or storefront glass installation. The following are some popular options for safety commercial glass services: safety - glass

Tempered Safety

Boasting a strength about 5 times greater than that of normal glass, tempered safety glass is both harder and more brittle. Tempered glass is made using a process of rapid cooling and extreme heating that gives it these qualities. When tempered glass does break, it happens in a way that produces what look like small, glass pebbles, rather than sharp shards.

Laminated Safety

Frequently used for windshields and skylights, laminated glass can be created using tempered glass, but it boasts additional benefits. Laminated safety glass it made using 2 sheets of glass that are held together with a sheet of plastic. Laminated glass differs from tempered because when the pieces of glass are broken, the shards stay stuck to the plastic sheet that is sandwiched between them.

Impact Resistant

A popular choice for homes and buildings that are located in areas frequented by tornadoes and hurricanes, impact resistant windows are designed to prevent flying debris from shattering and flying through windows. Often, impact resistant glass is made from a type of laminated glass and held by a durable frame.

Bullet Resistant

When a bullet is fired at a normal piece of glass, this causes the glass to shatter because it is unable to bend and gradually absorb the energy. For this reason, the bullet can continue moving forward with very little loss of momentum after it shatters the glass. This means that normal glass is completely ineffective at blocking bullets. Bullet resistant glass, however, has layers of strong, polycarbonate material that cause the energy from a bullet to spread out. This slows the bullet enough that it either fails to penetrate the glass or does so without causing much damage to anything on the other side.