Safety glass is a type of glass that is designed to resist breaking, and if it must break, to do it in a way that minimizes the risk of injuries in the event that the glass cannot withstand the forces exerted on it. Car windows are classically made from this type of glass to promote safety in collisions, and it can also be used in regular house windows, eyeglasses, laboratory glassware, and a wide variety of other products. As its name would seem to imply, it is safer than ordinary glass.
Safety Glass Benefits
- Enhanced Protection: Safety glass is used in applications where standard glass could pose a potential danger because it is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not shatter into large shards when broken. Manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, tempered glass is significantly harder than normal glass, and provides a solid sense of protection.
- Business Security: with any threat of property damage to a business, safety glass can safeguard any property and resist any potential intrusion, even when broken, due to its craftsmanship and durability. It also ensures that your business projects openness, but doesn’t endanger its employees or customers inside.
How is it Produced?
To produce safety glass, it must first be cut to the desired size. The glass is then examined for imperfections that could cause breakage at any step during tempering. An abrasive, such as sandpaper takes sharp edges off the glass, which is subsequently washed. Next, the glass begins a heat treatment process in which it travels through a tempering oven. The glass then undergoes a high-pressure cooling procedure called “quenching.” During this process, which lasts just seconds, high-pressure air blasts the surface of the glass from an array of nozzles in varying positions. Quenching cools the outer surfaces of the glass much more quickly than the center. As the center of the glass cools, it tries to pull back from the outer surfaces. As a result, the center remains in tension, and the outer surfaces go into compression, which gives safety glass its strength, creating tempered or laminated glasses to be used in storefronts, schools, hospitals, banks, and more.
About American Solar Tinting, Inc.
American Solar Tinting, Inc. is licensed, bonded, and insured and has served over 46,000 satisfied customers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC since 1958. We specialize in custom window and glass tinting, logo graphics and decorative films, and safety and security films. Our clients include both private residences and commercial businesses, local branches, and offices. We offer the highest quality solar tinting products available. We provide customers with a custom solar tinting installation. Our solar tinting is professionally installed with no mess, no hassle, and minimal disruption.