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What is the difference between laminated and toughened glass?

laminated vs tempered glass

Many people require a strong security glass for their premises to not only hinder thieves, but also to protect visitor safety. Strong glass is important, also, for worktops and other glass structures around the home.

The two main options are toughened and laminated glass, but there remains some uncertainty surrounding which is better, and what the difference is between the two options – this article will help offer clarity and guidance.

What is toughened glass?

Toughened glass, also called tempered glass, is a high strength product that is up to five times stronger than ordinary glass. This makes it harder to break, and thus, makes it a useful security glass. Its thermal resistance also makes it useful for worktop applications. Toughened glass is made by heating up regular glass to up to 650°C and then rapidly cooling it.

Benefits of toughened glass

  • True to its name, toughened glass is durable and highly resistance to both heat and force, making it harder to break under impact and thermal stress. This makes it ideal for worktop glass
  • When broken, it shatters into small, even pieces rather than dangerous shards of glass
  • Five times stronger than ordinary glass

toughened glass shattering

Common applications of toughened glass

  • Bus stops
  • Phone boxes
  • Shower screens
  • Surfaces and worktops
  • Balustrades
  • Splashbacks

What is laminated glass?

Laminated glass is formed of two pieces of glass which sandwich a tough plastic interlayer – if the glass is broken, the plastic interlayer holds the shards of glass together and prevents them from scattering.

laminated glass shattering

Benefits of laminated glass

  • Due to its unique structure, consisting of a plastic interlayer, any broken shards of glass do not scatter and are held together in one piece. This is a much safer system that prevents dangerous shards dispersing, but also reduces the likelihood of a hole forming – deterring intruders from using it as an entry point.
  • Able to endure changes in temperature and can reduce the effect of UV transmission
  • The layered structure enhances sound and thermal insulation

Common applications of laminated glass

  • Shop fronts
  • Shelving
  • Doors and windows
  • Windscreens

Laminated glass vs. toughened glass – which is better?

Choosing between these two glass types depends on your needs. Both possess their own unique way to offer safety, security and thermal resistance to your home or business, and both can withstand stress and impact. For further advice on which glass type would suit you better, please discuss your needs with our friendly team – we are always happy to help.

If you’re searching for the highest quality glass in the Sheffield area, look no further than Abbey Glass. For 40 years we have served both trade and domestic customers, providing a broad range of bespoke glass products to cater for all needs. Contact us today to find out more.

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