Toughened Glass, Laminated Glass or Toughened Laminated?
Toughened Glass, Laminated, or Both: Which Should You Choose?
One of the best forms of glass for any project is toughened glass. It’s up to 5x stronger than regular glass, which means it takes a lot of extra effort to break it. When it does break, the glass will shatter into small pieces instead of shards, making the glass much less dangerous.
Laminated glass doesn’t have the strength of toughened glass, but it does have similar safety features. The glass is made by placing a layer of laminate in-between two panes of glass, kind of like a window sandwich. The interlayer acts as a mild insulator and holds the window in place so that when it does break, large shards do not develop. Laminate glass is also difficult to cut into, which can be a nice trait to have in high crime areas.
Which is better? Or is toughened laminate glass the best option possible?
Toughened Laminate Glass Is Your Best Choice
If you need strength and durability, then toughened laminate glass is your best choice for most applications. This is where you get the best of both worlds. The glass panes are stronger and then laminate layer between them help to secure the window in an unobtrusive way. This kind of glass can also be textured, painted, or even colour-coated so that a unique exterior and interior can be achieved.
Toughened glass is your best option for any place where you need strength and safety. It stands up to the elements better than laminate glass and provides a safety barrier where you may need one without eliminating a view. You’ll find this glass is very useful in high-rise applications, an upper floor balcony of a private home, or even in something like a glass balustrade or a glazed awning.
Laminate glass is a great option for every other application you may have. It doesn’t have the insulating power of a double-glazed window, but it does provide better safety and strength where it is needed. As a ground floor window, it also provides an added measure of security for any home or office because the laminate layer makes it difficult to penetrate through. Laminated glass also reduces the damaging UV rays on furnishings.
Why Choose Laminate Glass Over Toughened Glass?
For areas that are prone to severe weather at times throughout the year, laminate glass is a superior option. Although it has the strength of regular glass, it won’t burst into the tiny bits and pieces of toughened glass when it breaks. The laminate window provides an added barrier that resists smashing, yard debris, or even with a thief that is armed with a cricket bat. Laminate glass also provides a measure of soundproofing that helps with high traffic areas.
Which option will work the best for you? Whether you need toughened glass, laminate glass, or a fusion of both, you can have all of your glass needs met today for a surprisingly affordable price. Contact us today to talk about what your next project’s glass needs may be. We can cut your preferred glass to size so that installation is nice and simple.