Tempered Glass

Creative Mirror Design presents, a little information regarding tempered glass.

A frequent misconception about tempered glass regards its resistance to breakage. Many people consider it “unbreakable” and this is not at all true to form. As with every other type of glass, tempered glass can also break.

Glass breaks when it is exposed to stress that glass cannot withstand. To increase its strength and heat resistance annealed glass can be subjected to a thermal treatment or chemical process. Tempered glass is obtained using this process, and   its final for is four to five times as strong as annealed glass of the same type and thickness. When tempered glass is broken it shatters into many small fragments, which will prevent major injuries. Traditionally due to the characteristics of  tempered glass shower enclosures, table tops, and glass shelving is used more than any other so to avoid a major injury. Tempered glass should receive the same care however as annealed glass. Unfortunately, the perception that tempered  glass is unbreakable may mislead people to provide less care while handling. Careless handling and improper installation sometimes produce damage, which leads to spontaneous or delayed breakage. This means that occasionally a sheet of  glass will not shatter immediately at the time of damage, but perhaps weeks later. Inclusions in glass such as NiS can also trigger a delayed breakage effect. Nickel sulphide inclusion, also known as NiS, occurs during the manufacturing process for float glass. In a glass batch, nickel-rich contaminants such as stainless steel might be present, and then combined with sulphur to form NiS inclusions. To minimize the risk of NiS breakages, a heat soak test is performed. Although some spontaneous breakages occur due to the above mentioned factors, much breakage is called “spontaneous” because there is no clear or easily visible cause. This is why you, the consumer, should always trust the installation to a trained glass professional for proper installation. After all you are investing in your home a product which should last for a very long time, as long as it is taken care of accordingly.

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