Laminated and tempered glass windows are popular choices for both homes and businesses. Valued for their safety and more secure than annealed glass, laminated and tempered glass is used extensively in homes and businesses. We look at the differences.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is standard glass heated in a furnace and quickly cooled. The process produces glass which is considerably stronger than standard or laminated glass.

Many homes use tempered glass since the California building code requires tempered glass in door-embedded windows or windows next to doors. This law also applies to windows 18 inches or less from the floor.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass consists of layers of glass, two or more, bonded together by a layer of resin applied under heat and pressure. The resin bond will hold the glass in place even when the window is hit with excessive force or broken.

Tempered vs Laminated Glass

Known as safety glass, tempered and laminated glass perform differently when hit with force. Laminated glass will hold its own, while tempered glass may break into small, harmless cubes of glass. Laminated glass is five times stronger than regular glass. Tempered glass is stronger still.

Laminated glass is more expensive than tempered glass. It can be cut and polished, whereas tempered glass must be cut to size before tempering. Both types of safety glass are equally clear.

Laminated and Tempered Glass Uses

Laminated glass is generally preferred for commercial shop fronts and windows because the glass can prevent unauthorized entry to the premises.

Tempered glass appears in many household applications like table-tops, balustrades and pool fencing. Tempered glass is also popular in high-rise buildings. It is favored as a construction material by builders because it is strong, durable, cost-effective and good-looking.