Glass with a “Temper”

There are many ways we use glass today, one being a bathroom vanity counter top.  A smooth easy to clean surface that looks and feels great.  Tempered glass is defined as strengthened glass that has been treated by heat or chemicals to increase its durability. Tempered glass has many benefits and uses which makes it a popular material used in many home and commercial building projects.  Now that you have an idea of what tempered glass really is, let me give you an example of what happens at the time when this material breaks.  The below example is from a glass bottle falling from the medicine cabinet and contacting the glass below.

Example 1
Example 1
Example 2
Example 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At first glance, you may think that this situation could not get any worse.  The fact is- because this counter top was made through the tempered process the glass broke into pieces and caused this shattering effect.  The customer of this unfortunate event did receive some minor injuries to a leg, and was fortunate enough that this glass was not laminated.  When glass is broken into large chunks or the  “spiderweb” design, most times this type of glass was laminated. A real world application for this type of glass is in the automotive industry used in our windshields.  A rock contacts your windshield and you get a running crack. You can compare this with a shatter if that was tempered material.  Each application was designed for a purpose.  That purpose is safety.  Here is an example of the spider web effect that laminated glass makes.

Example of laminated Glass
Example of laminated Glass

Let’s imagine that the broken glass vanity above was made with laminated glass instead.  Pictured above is exactly how this would have broken; into large sharp shards that could have caused more harm, and possibly a trip to the hospital at that point.  This type of glass is not a great choice for inside your home, and this is exactly why tempered is a better decision on all companies that offer glass products inside your home.  Make sure to read labels on items you purchase that you could foresee an issue down the road.

 

Always remember if you’re going to install a tempered glass top, or our Prosto shower glass; that you understand the strengths and weaknesses of having this material in your home.  It is not for everyone, but it can certainly be an outstanding beautiful addition to your project if you do!