Glass is an essential part of both home design and security. Moreover, it’s also one of the easiest ways to upgrade your home, even increasing curb appeal.

From patio doors to windows, there’s so much you can do with glass. When it comes to choosing the right kind of glass, though, it’s essential that you opt for a panel that’s durable, possesses high tensile strength, is able to withstand harsh weather conditions, and complements other design elements.

The two most common types of glass are tempered and laminated. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two.

Laminated Glass

To decide whether laminated or tempered glass fits your needs, you must be clear on their structure and use cases. Laminated glass is known to possess far greater strength. This is because it is made of two or more panes, adhered together by a layer of vinyl. Since it’s made of a multi-layer sandwich, it provides increased protection against the sun.  

Laminated glass is particularly used by commercial clients to keep the premises safe from intruders and burglars, since its strength makes it more difficult to break-in. It’s also ideal for glass floors, glass railings, and automobile windshields.

Apart from that, the biggest advantage of laminated glass is that when it breaks, it shatters into pieces but will stick to the plastic and will not fall to the ground.

Tempered glass

Although different from laminated glass in terms of structure, strength, and usage, tempered glass has its own share of benefits.

Tempered glass is manufactured with the help of huge amounts of heat and chemicals in a process known as ‘tempering’. This is done to add to the tensile strength of the glass. As a result, the glass bends easily without breaking.

Unlike laminated glass, tempered glass is more commonly used for home appliances, monitor and computer screens, and automotive glass. While laminated glass makes your facility more secure from intruders, tempered is considered a better choice for inside the home. You may use it for glass tubs, and sliding doors in rooms and bathrooms. Since it’s based on a single pane, tempered glass is also cheaper than laminated.

Both tempered and laminated glass serves different purposes and is suitable for both residential and commercial clients. At Crystal Glass, we are home to glass experts who can install, repair, and maintain all sorts of glass in Albert and Edmonton. To request a quote, feel free to give us a call at 3104527.

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