What is Tempered Glass?
(New Angle Beveling is a glass manufacturer and serves commercial and residential glass fabricators in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio.)
Tempered glass is heated up to extreme temperatures and cooled quickly under pressure. This process puts stress on the glass, creating tension across the pane, and giving it enhanced strength. Tempered glass is 4-5x stronger than standard annealed glass.
Want a more in-depth look at the process to make tempered glass? Learn more about glass tempering here. The maximum size is 86” x 144”. Our minimum size is 9” diagonal, which will vary depending on the width and height.
Tempered Glass Benefits
Tempered glass has 3 main benefits:
- Strength: Tempered glass is one of the strongest glasses on the market. It’s able to withstand heavy impacts that traditional glass can’t. Its strength also makes its surface scratch resistant.
- Safety: When tempered glass is damaged, rather than shatter into jagged shards it breaks into pebble-like pieces. While these pieces can still cause harm, they limit the risk of deep cuts and other serious injuries. They’re also easier to clean up.
- Heat resistance: Through the tempering process, panes of tempered glass can stand up to higher temperatures for longer periods of time without breaking.
DISCLAIMER: Tempering glass does not ensure that it will never break, but it will break in accordance with ASTM and ASI standards. As with all glass, there is a chance of injury when exposed to broken pieces.
Tempered Glass Applications
Tempered glass has a wide variety of applications. It’s ideal for places where security and safety are a priority. In fact, building codes often require that windows and glass walls in public spaces are made of tempered glass to minimize injury and damage should the glass break.
Tempered glass is often used for:
- Shower enclosures
- Outdoor furniture
- Indoor furniture
- Lighting fixtures
- Skylight windows
- Glass Railings
Shaping Tempered Glass
At New Angle Beveling, we can shape tempered glass panes into nearly any traditional geometric pattern, including:
- Half moons
In addition to standard geometrical shapes, we can shape tempered glass into most free-form shapes, as well.
Tempered Glass for Your Project
If you have holes in your glass project, please keep in mind that we will use a saw or relief cut when the holes are too close together to ensure glass ensures the tempering process. Please refer to these specifications (click on the images to enlarge):