Whether you’re building from scratch or renovating, any time you undertake a home project, the choices can be overwhelming. And installing or replacing windows is no exception. Today, there are so many options to choose from when deciding what windows to order. One of those options is what type of glass you should choose for your windows.
Most people don’t realize that there are different types of glass that can go inside your window frames, so today, Springfield Glass is going to tell you about tempered glass, and why you might want to consider it for your windows.
What is Tempered Glass?
Before we tell you all the benefits of tempered glass, we should probably start by telling you what it is. Tempered glass starts with ordinary glass (known in the biz as annealed glass). According to Scientific American, The annealed glass is heated to a temperature of more than 600 degrees celsius. Then, the glass is rapidly cooled using a procedure called quenching. Quenching causes the surface of the glass to cool down much faster than the center of the glass, which causes the center of the glass to pull back from the surface.
Tempered Glass is Stronger than Standard Glass
Due to the way tempered glass is made, tempered glass is four times stronger than standard glass. Because tempered glass is stronger than ordinary glass, it is much more durable than ordinary glass. Tempered can withstand a higher load and won’t break as easily as ordinary glass.
Tempered Glass is Safer than Standard Glass
If tempered glass does break, instead of shattering like annealed glass, tempered glass will break into pebble-like pieces. This is why we recommend tempered glasses in windows that are close to the ground or are in areas with high foot-traffic.
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Tempered Glass Can Withstand Higher Thermal Stress
In some instances, large glass panes with a dark tint could absorb enough heat from the sun to break. Tempered glass can withstand higher thermal stress than standard glass without breaking. So, consider using tempered glass in hot areas where the sun will be shining directly on the glass pane.
Interested in Tempered Glass Windows?
Our experienced crew can repair, replace and install tempered glass windows for homes and businesses in Springfield, Missouri, as well as surrounding areas. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.