Did you know there’s such as thing as Laminated Safety Glass? There are actually a couple of options (or types) of safety glass that can be installed in certain types of windows, doors and shower screens. Laminated Safety Glass is one such option.
What is Laminated Safety Glass?
Laminated Safety Glass is made up of two pieces of float glass bonded together with a plastic interlayer. This structure of glass is designed in such a way that when it breaks, the glass panel will still hold together in one piece. This type of glass can be installed in both residential properties and commercial properties.
How it Breaks
Laminated safety glass, when impacted, will create a ‘spider-web’ like pattern (much like the glass in a windshield crack). When this type of glass breaks, it will hold together relatively well until it is replaced. If you want to reinforce this glass until it is fixed, contact and/or sticky tape or duct tape can be used. Unless there is a significant hole in the glass, it should hold. However, we would recommend not delaying getting this fixed as soon as practically possible.
Why is this considered as Safety Glass?
The key to this type of glass being safety glass is the way it breaks. When you think of traditional glass and how it breaks, the glass typically breaks into large shards which are sharp and dangerous. This type of glass can cause significant injuries to people.
Laminated safety glass, however, can break (as all glass can). But it will generally cause multiple cracks that branch out from the impact zone. This ensures minimal risk of injuries to people. This is also why it’s imperative to select a Qualified Glazier with the right knowledge and expertise when working with glass in your property. It ensures glass is installed according to the AS1288 Glass and Glazing Standards.
Where can I have Safety Glass Installed?
Safety glass can be installed in many windows and doors, provided the thickness of the glass is accommodated by the frame it is being installed into. There are also specified requirements as to where safety glass MUST be installed in certain areas of a property. Sliding glass doors, sidelights, glass panels in doors, glass in bathrooms/wet areas are all examples of where safety glass must be installed. If the frames you have don’t accommodate laminated safety glass, toughened safety glass could be an alternative option as it is another type of safety glass.
How do I know if I have Laminated Safety Glass in my home now?
The short answer is; you would not necessarily know. To the naked eye different types of glass are very hard to distinguish between until they are actually broken, especially to a person not in the industry. It is a requirement to have safety glass in the areas mentioned above. However, older homes may no longer comply as the safety standards have been updated since many of them were built.
A Glass Assessment of the glass in your homes can be performed by qualified glaziers. And recommendations can be made on the existing glass and what options you have moving forward, to ensure the upmost safety in your home.
Call us on 42617295 for any glass related queries and we will happily assist.