Glass is a fragile material by nature. It gains strength in the tempering process. Tempered glass is a safety glass which breaks into fine pieces. It is widely used in the construction industry, interior architecture, furniture industry, household appliances. Tempering consists in heating the glass to a high temperature (about 700°C) and rapidly cooling it with forced air drafts, resulting in compressive stresses in the surface layer, which significantly increases the strength of the glass.
Advantages of tempered glass:
- five times higher bending strength compared to non-tempered glass,
- resistance to thermal shock, i.e. sudden changes in ambient temperature and solar heating;
- reduced risk of injury in case of breakage
Application of tempered glass:
- facades, canopies, glazing, glass walls, glass doors, floors, stairs, balustrade filling, shower cabins, table tops, wall shelves and glass (e.g. in a kitchen), furniture glass, shelves and glass counters.