Many do not realize, and loosely group toughened and laminated glass into one. Laminated glass becomes “toughened laminated glass”- ONLY IF TOUGHENED GLASS IS USED in the lamination process. To make it clear, you must understand that different types of glass can be used in making laminated glass. Besides toughened glass, one might use float glass or even plain ordinary glass, thus laminated glass. Laminated glass is glass that goes through a lamination process. Many times the glass that is used in laminated glass will be tinted or coloured, giving it a range of fine qualities for decorative uses in addition to it’s common use as a car wind shield. Laminated glass only becomes “toughened laminated glass” if that is the type of glass used, as mentioned earlier. Otherwise laminated glass stands alone without the “toughened”. The subtle difference in benefits make them ( when bonded together) ideal for an assortment of projects in both architectural glass construction and the overall decorative capacities.
Toughened Glass & Laminated Glass
Why are these two separated? As explained earlier, laminated glass is simple everyday glass that has been laminated. Toughened glass can also be laminated. Lets briefly explore the possibilities.
Toughened glass is very strong, as it’s name implies. It is a type of architectural glass used in many fine products on both the interior and exterior of a home or business. Fine examples of toughened glass are available for viewing in full colour photos presented by MyColourGlass, along with product descriptions. Toughened glass is the #1 contemporary choice by leading designers. Toughened glass is very strong and lasting. It is made by a special chemical process which involves heating the glass to an extremely high temperature and cooling it down very quickly. It can withstand an increase of up to 500 per cent in heat and shock factors without damage.
Laminated glass has an adhesive plastic layering between two sheets of typically 3mm thick glass. It becomes mega strong when the common glass is replaced with toughened glass. The adhesive which bonds the two sheets of glass together is usually PVB (Polyvinyl butyral), a type of resin. PVB is notable for it’s “see- through” properties along with it’s great durability in the most trying of situations where glass work is required. A great call for laminated glass goes out for another feature it possess, and that is flexibility. You will often hear laminated glass being called “safety glass”, especially when correlated with automobiles as a wind shield.
Toughened Laminated Glass Use
Toughened laminated glass has many uses in the construction and design world. You will see it employed as beautiful skylights covering the whole of a shopping mall and also the glass doors letting the customers in. Toughened laminated glass is well worth a little extra cost for the “top-of-the-line” advantages and bespoke uses.
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