Choosing The Right Type of Glass

When implementing glass into your design, it is imperative to select the correct type of glass for your project. Whether you are designing glass railings, glass treads, or glass wall panels, it is important to know what the difference is between one type of glass to another.

Laminated Glass

One type of glass you can choose to utilize is laminated glass. Laminated glass is recommended when designing or installing glass treads and railings. In the event where the glass is shattered, laminated glass would hold in place by an inter-layer between two layers of glass. This type of glass allows the shattered glass panel to stay intact, which is particularly ideal for commercial spaces.

Laminated glass holds in place by an inter-layer between two layers of glass.

Laminated glass holds in place by an inter-layer between two layers of glass.

Laminated Frosted Glass Treads

Laminated Frosted Glass Treads with Stainless Steel Riser Bars

Example of a Broken Laminated Glass Panel

Example of a Broken Laminated Glass Panel

Tempered Glass


Another type of glass you can select is tempered glass. Tempered glass is a type of safety glass which is processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength. When tempered glass is shattered, it is broken up into smaller granular chunks instead of jagged glass shards. This makes the shattered glass safer and less likely to cause injury.

Tempered glass panel railings continue onto the second floor guardrail.

Tempered glass panel railings continue onto the second floor guardrail.

Curved Tempered Glass Railings with Stainless Steel Standoffs

Curved Tempered Glass Railings with Stainless Steel Standoffs

Example of tempered glass when broken compared to non-tempered glass

Example of tempered glass when broken compared to non-tempered glass

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