In addition to regulating temperature, providing a view into your business, and adding to the aesthetic of your building, windows can also play a key role in protecting your workplace. Specialized safety or security glass can be installed depending upon your business’ needs. What is the difference between these two types of glass and how do you know which one is best for your business?
Known as tempered or toughened glass, safety glass is treated chemically and thermally to increase its strength. Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than regular glass and if broken, tempered glass crumbles into small, rounded pieces as opposed to sharp, jagged shards. This type of glass is designed to keep people safe in the event of a broken window, not to provide additional security. Tempered glass is a good choice for most retail stores, service locations, and office buildings.
If security is a major issue for your business—perhaps you need extra protection from break-ins and natural disasters —security glass may be the best option for you. Security glass, or laminated glass, consists of a piece of vinyl layered between two panes of glass. This creates a glass sandwich (glass, vinyl, glass). If shattered, instead of glass pieces falling to the ground, they will stick to the interior vinyl. Laminated glass can withstand breaking for several minutes, which allows time for law enforcement or emergency services to arrive. This type of glass is frequently used to protect valuable goods, such as in jewelry stores, banks, and museums.
More types of protective glass are also available. Bullet-resistant glass, made of polycarbonate or acrylic materials, may be a consideration in areas with high crime rates. Fire-resistant glass is useful in apartment complexes, laboratories, or restaurants.
Let True View Windows and Glass help you protect your property, employees, and customers by installing safety and/or security glass. Contact us today for a free consultation and see what options best suit the needs of your business.