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How Glass Breaking Occurs

Here is what you should know about how glass breaks.

When you are investing in windows, one of the biggest concerns is whether they are strong enough to resist breaking. As we all know, glass is one of the most fragile building materials. But many factors can contribute to glass breakage. Here is what you should know about how glass breaks.

Stress Cracking

Stress cracks tend to start relatively small at the edges of a window, and gradually spread across the whole windowpane. If you spot what could be a stress crack, then you should take care of it right away. Extreme changes in temperature most regularly cause stress cracks. For example, if you turn the heat up to the highest setting on a cold day without time for the temperature in the windows to adjust. You can see a comparable effect when a hot dish cracks when rinsed with cold water. Stress cracks could also happen from slamming your windows.

Pressure Factors

Though rare, pressure cracks can emerge suddenly, and they are most common in insulated glass and double-paned windows. Extreme pressure changes in the weather cause these cracks to form. One way pressure cracks occur is if a window is installed in a house that’s at a very high or low elevation. You can recognize pressure cracks by their curved or hourglass shape. If you find pressure cracks in your window, the bad news is that you will probably need to have the window replaced.

Break from Impact 

The most apparent cause of windows cracking and breaking is through an impact, which is when something hits the glass. Impacts cause the glass to shatter, which could make for a dangerous situation. You can invest in safety glass, which can prevent shattering if the glass is hit. But remember, never touch the sharp edges of a broken window or try to clean up the glass on your own.

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