Safety Glazing: Things You Need to Know

When we say safety glass, it refers to the glass type we use in our windows and doors that are less likely to break and ensure safety when broken. Its major benefit is to give maximum protection, reduces the probability of glass breakage and reduces the injury that the broken glass may cause.  

Because of this impressive feature, safety glass is widely utilized in automobile applications, commercial glass, bathrooms, glass doors and windows, and most commonly used in shopfronts. 

In this post, we’ll talk about safety glass and why it should be your choice in glass installations. 

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What does Safety Glass Mean? 

Normal glass breaks easily and brings a lot of danger. They are also hard to remove all debris as you need to be careful of large sharp glass pieces scattered on the floor. Safety glass is a method where glass is strengthened to be able to withstand extreme pressure and breakage. There are many types of safety glass out there but the most popular types are laminated glass and toughened safety glass.  

Laminated Glass 

It is a type of safety glass that holds together in the event of breaking. Laminated glass is held by an interlayer through a PVB (polyvinyl butyral) and is sandwiched between its two or more glass layers. Then, with the process of heating, pressing, and bonding, it forms a compact glass product. This provides a higher strength which absorbs the impact. In case of breaking or strong penetration, the glass will not fall out of window but instead, keep the fragments attached to the film. 

Toughened Safety Glass 

This is a type of glass that is produced by processing heat treatment and controlled chemical to increase its durability as compared to a normal glass. This creates a perfect balance of the interior tension and surface compression of the glass. 

As a result, when glass breaks, it just forms and crumbles in small chunks or pebble-like pieces instead of slivering into jagged panes as annealed glass does. 

What are the Places Where You Need Safety Glazing? 

Since you already know the importance of safety glazing for your family protection, you need to have a proper knowledge of the areas where you should apply them. There are specific standards set by the International Residential Building Code and it’s essential to check them and met the criteria that they require. Here in Perth, we follow the Australian Standards and BCA. 

Keeping those details in mind, here are the areas in your home or business building that are required for safety glazing: 

  1. Glass Railings
  2. Glass sliding doors, either sliding or fixed panels
  3. Glass shower doors, windows, within the bathroom,other shower enclosures are within152 cm vertically from any standing surface 
  4. Any area within a window that is below 800mm from the floor level
  5. Storm doors and Glass side hinged doors
  6. Any door that is up to 1500mm from floor level.
  7. Sliding Closet Doors and Glass Bi-fold
  8. For windows or side panels that are partially or wholly within 300mm of the edge of a door and within 1500mm from the floor level

 For more assistance regarding safety glass installation, Diverse Glazing Group is the leading brand that offers the most convenient, efficient and affordable service. We have been servicing throughout Perth to Mandurah for over 20 years from new builds, retrofitting and renovations.