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Here at Express Glass Warehouse, we supply the best quality toughened laminated glass. For your home or place or work you can’t go wrong with our toughened laminated glass, it’s up to five times stronger than standard float glass of the same thickness.
What is toughened laminated glass?
Toughened laminated glass is a combination of laminated glass and toughened glass. Laminated glass consists of two pieces of glass held together by an extremely tough PVB plastic interlayer. Whilst toughened glass is processed in order to create a product that is extremely durable and resistant to heat. When combined, these two materials create an extremely sturdy solution which has fast become a popular choice due to its seamless finish and fantastic durability.
This type of tempered glass offers high performance and strength under extreme pressures and is less prone to breakage. This means that even if one-panel breaks, the safety glass will maintain its form and prevent injury, making it an ideal choice for your home or work environment.
Where to use toughened laminated glass?
There are many uses for toughened laminated glass both within your workspace or in the comfort of your own home. Whether you require walk-on-glass flooring, stair treads or glass balustrades, this type of glass is a top quality solution.
Customised toughened laminated glass
At Express Glass Warehouse, our toughened laminated glass is made to measure and can be constructed in a variety of thicknesses from 8.8mm to 30mm, which enables flexibility to meet design preferences.
This type of glass can also be produced in a variety of shapes including simple rectangles, circles, reverse T shapes and parallelograms. This enables you to construct a design that is totally unique and allows for a complete space transformation.
We also offer a variety of glass finishes, including EVA, PVB, SGP and Vanceva Colours, which will have your furnishings looking sleek and smooth in no time.
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If you are looking for a safety glass that provides the ultimate protection of your property, your business or yourself then our toughened laminated glass is the best option for you.
Order online today if you know what size, shape and coloured toughened laminate you need.
Toughened Laminated Glass FINISHES AVAILABLE
Vanceva® coloured interlays. The Vanceva® color interlayer system offers architects and designers unparalleled creative freedom to incorporate colour into glass and glazing systems. Vanceva interlayers, laminated in between two pieces of glass, offer all the safety benefits of laminated glass including security, solar, sound insulation and UV protection.
Producing a broad spectrum of colours and moods that are unachievable using stock selections of glass, Vanceva® is the creative freedom architects and interior designers desire. A palette of 16 colors can be combined in up to four layers to produce more than 3,000 custom, transparent, translucent and opaque glass colours.
The SGP interlayer is an important factor in ensuring our toughened laminated glass is the best it can be. It’s doesn’t just make it tougher and stronger, it makes our glass blast-resistant – but without compromising on the appearance.
Toughened glass is everywhere, although we may not realise it. Toughened glass – also sometimes called “tempered glass” or “safety glass” – is used in our cars, in public buildings, furniture, shelving, bathroom fittings, windows and much more, thanks to its increased strength and protective ability compared to ordinary glass.
It’s important enough that we at the Glass Warehouse have dedicated our company to producing the best quality toughened glass on the market, making sure that safe, strong, functional and beautiful glass is always available to those who need it.
The toughened glass on offer from The Glass Warehouse is much stronger than ordinary annealed glass and is suitable for safety applications in a variety of industries and settings – if you would like to know more about the specifications of our toughened glass or what we can do for you, you can get in touch with us at any time by calling us on 020 8500 1188 or using the contact form on this page to send us a message – the glass experts at our head office will be happy to answer any questions you may have or help you to place an order!
What is Toughened Glass?
Toughened glass is a type of glass used where greater strength or safety is needed. As clear and transparent as ordinary untreated or “annealed” glass, safety glass is up to 6 times harder to break and can resist impacts that would shatter ordinary glass panes. In addition to this, if the glass does break, patterns of stress within the glass sheet make sure that it breaks into many small, round or cube-shaped pieces, each around the size of a thumbnail. By contrast, ordinary glass breaks in large, sharp, jagged shards when it shatters, many of them with extremely sharp edges, which presents a serious risk of injury to those nearby.
It is the small, rounded pieces that toughened glass shatters into that give it the name “safety glass” – not just the greater toughness or difficulty to break.
Annealed glass can be made into toughened glass via thermal tempering or by chemical reactions – both of these processes produce the same end result in the toughened glass, by different mechanisms, with one introducing differential stress by rapid heating and cooling, while the other introduces the same patterns of stress via chemical action.
What is Toughened Glass Used For?
Thanks to its excellent physical properties, greater safety compared to annealed glass, and superior strength, toughened glass is used in thousands of applications, in every industry. From the reinforced windows of high-rise offices and apartments to safe glass shower screens, and safer car windows, bus shelter windows that won’t form a hazard if broken, glassware that is tougher and safer than ordinary glasses, refrigerator trays, mobile phone screens and screen protectors, bulletproof glass and diving masks, toughened glass can handle any number of demanding and safety-intensive applications.
What are the Advantages of Toughened Glass?
Toughened glass is, first and foremost, harder to break than ordinary float glass or “annealed” glass. With a strength six or even seven times greater than that of ordinary glass, the toughened glass from The Glass Warehouse is suitable for use in situations where greater glass strength is imperative – and can even be used in architectural glass doors, tables and shelves.
In addition to the increased strength and resistance to shattering, if safety glass does shatter, it will break into many small, granular chunks, instead of the long, jagged shards most commonly seen in the ordinary glass. This prevents a hazard from occurring when the glass shatters and greatly reduces the risk of injury due to broken glass.
How is Toughened Glass Made?
Toughened glass can be made in two ways, but both methods rely on the fact that glass is much, much stronger under compression than it is under tension. By placing the exterior surfaces of the glass into compression, these toughening methods mean that any attempt to break the glass must first overcome the often considerable compressive forces before the glass may be broken.
Tempering Glass with Heat and Cold
Most safety glass is made by tempering, which involves heating ordinary annealed glass up to around 620°C and keeping it there for a time, before rapidly cooling the outside of the glass with jets of cold air. This forces the outside into compression while the inside remains free to flow for a time.
The end result is glass which is under compressive strain on the outside, and under tension on the inside. Glass is much, much stronger under compression than under tension, so in order to break the glass, the compressive force must first be exceeded – making the toughened glass from The Glass Warehouse up to 6 or 7 times stronger than ordinary annealed glass!
An extra benefit conferred by this process is the differential stress patterns throughout the glass, which cause it to break into tiny, blunted pieces if broken.
Toughening Glass with Chemical Reactions
Chemically strengthened glass is made stronger by ion exchange when the glass is submerged in a bath containing a potassium salt at 300°C. Since the salt is dissolved, this means that it has separated into its constituent ions, freeing the charged potassium ions to replace the sodium ions in the surface of the glass. As sodium ions leave the glass to enter the solution, the gaps they leave behind are filled with comparatively larger potassium ions.
Potassium ions are 30% larger than sodium ions, so the result of this process is the outer surface of the glass being forced under compression as its molecules “grow”, while the interior remains the same, placing it under tension. With both surfaces of the glass now under compression, the force needed to break the glass increases – it must first exceed the compressive forces.
However, when chemically toughened glass does break, it breaks into the same long, sharp splinters that annealed glass does, meaning that while it is a toughened glass, it cannot be called a safety glass unless it is laminated, preventing the sharp splinters from coming free when the glass breaks.
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If you would like more information on the toughened glass available from The Glass Warehouse, its uses, or how it is made, you can get in touch with us at any time by calling our head office contact number, 020 8500 1188, or sending us an email on email@example.com. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have, provide any advice you need on choosing the perfect toughened glass for your needs, and can provide a quote or recommendation whenever you need it.
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Across every industry, in every application, one form of glass has risen to be more popular and more heavily used than all the others: toughened glass, also known as tempered glass. But what exactly has led this glass to conquer the world? And what is it used for?
What Makes Toughened Glass So Popular?
Toughened glass is extremely popular across almost every industry thanks to a combination of advantages over other glass types. Like ordinary glass – usually referred to as “annealed glass” or “float glass”, toughened glass can be transparent, clear, coloured, or obscure, and can be frosted, printed or painted to suit the customer’s requirements, lending an excellent versatility to the material that is hard to match.
However, unlike ordinary glass, toughened glass is very hard to break, strong and durable, and in the unlikely event that it does shatter, it breaks into very many small, rounded pieces rather than the razor-sharp jagged shards seen in other glass types. It is thanks to this added level of safety, preventing injuries that could be caused by broken glass, that toughened glass is often called “safety glass”. This added safety has been responsible in no small part for the ubiquitous use of toughened glass across a range of industries.
What Sorts of Things Can Toughened Glass Be Used For?
As it is made by tempering solid pieces of glass with rapid cycles of heating and cooling, toughened glass can be used for a huge range of applications – but if that application requires glass that has been cut, shaped, drilled, scored or otherwise manipulated, this must be done before the glass is tempered. Afterwards, it will be too tough and will shatter into the characteristic tiny round pieces if cut or broken.
Toughened glass sees common use in domestic situations, including:
Toughened safety glass makes for the strongest, safest glass shower screens thanks to its resistance to damage, and the fact that it shatters into tiny, round pieces when broken. Glass shower screens, once considered risky due to their fragility and possibility of breaking into many sharp pieces, are now commonplace – thanks to the toughness, strength, and most of all, safety of toughened glass from The Glass Warehouse.
Creating an illusion of space, glass balustrades are very popular when it comes to making stairways and stairwells seem more spacious, light and airy. Toughened glass is ideal in these situations due to high strength and durability, and can even be used for frameless balustrades!
A toughened glass splashback is an excellent addition to any kitchen, protecting your wall from stains, splashes and spitting pans and allowing you to customise your kitchen with prints, colours and patterns to suit your taste – whatever aesthetic you’re going for, a splashback can help you achieve it!
More than that, however, a toughened glass splashback is extremely easy to maintain, turning the surrounding of your stove or hob into a wipe-clean, scratch-resistant and thermally-resistant surface that is extremely easy to keep hygienic and looking great!
Toughened Glass Doors
For the same reasons as glass shower screens, toughened glass doors are the ideal way to round out any porch, conservatory or greenhouse – or even just to add a lighter, more open feel to an ordinary room!
Toughened Glass Furniture
A glass top table or desk is a stylish, modern addition to any home, and thanks to the tough, strong toughened glass from The Glass Warehouse, these tables have strength and reliability that’s hard to match. Drawing on the same characteristics, toughened glass shelves and other furniture help to fit out your home exactly the way you want it.
As well as being used in the home, toughened glass products can help to enhance a business environment, with doors, screens, desks and shelves, among other features, helping to create the ideal office environment. Toughened glass is often seen in commercial and business applications including:
Satin Frosted Toughened Glass
Ideal for allowing light to enter without compromising on privacy, satin frosted toughened glass helps to guarantee an airy, light environment in any office. This toughened glass type is also an excellent choice for desktops, shelves and doors.
Custom Glass Table Top
A custom glass tabletop is an excellent way to project class, style and modern elegance to your staff, customers and clients – especially when it includes the satin frosted toughened glass mentioned above. You can rely on the toughened custom glass tabletop projects available from The Glass Warehouse to have the strength, durability and dimensions required to meet your needs – just let us know!
Obscure Toughened Glass Office Screens
Perfect for a meeting room or cubicle divider, obscure toughened glass office screens allow light to pass through them, creating a more natural, more airy and more open environment, while maintaining a very high degree of privacy. Some, like the satin frosted toughened glass mentioned above, are particularly obscured, while others, like patterned toughened obscure glass, offer differing levels of obscurity to suit your needs.
Mobile Device Screens
The toughened glass of some sort or another is used in almost all modern mobile device screens – although it will be a different toughened glass to the one your shower screen or desk is made from! For more information on these specialised toughened glass types, get in touch with the experts at The Glass Warehouse today.
The uses for toughened glass don’t stop there – specialist cookware and glassware, composite glass, laboratory equipment, even bulletproof glass can be made with toughened glass. Talk to us today for more information!
Contact The Glass Warehouse for Toughened Glass Today!
If you would like to know more about the toughened glass available from The Glass Warehouse, along with the uses for these strong, durable and versatile glass types, you can get in touch with the Glass Warehouse head office by calling us on 020 8500 1188 or clicking through to our Contact page to use the direct online contact form there to send us a message.
However you get in touch, once you’re speaking to one of The Glass Warehouse’s expert head office staff, you’ll be able to ask any questions which you may have about toughened glass and tempered glass, or request some expert advice to help you find the perfect solution for your needs. Alternatively, you can send us a message via our email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get in touch!
The specialists on the other end of the line are among the UK’s foremost toughened glass experts and can provide any information which you may need to help make your decision. Why leave your toughened glass needs in the hands of anyone else but the best?
Contact the UK’s leading toughened glass providers on 020 8500 1188 today and see what The Glass Warehouse can do for you!
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