Enhance general security
It’s no surprise that a primary concern for many of our customers is security. Windows and doors act as gateways and it could end up being very costly if they fail to provide adequate protection. We recently considered a few ways to enhance general frame security.
Types of high security glass
One type of high security glass is the laminated variety. This type of glass is strengthened with polyvinyl butyral (or PVB). PVB is basically a resin that can be used to bind molecules tightly together, resulting in an extremely tough pane of glass. The most common place to find laminated glass is a car windshield but it’s also an excellent way of keeping intruders out of your home. In an attempted break-in, the PVB will hold the shards of glass together very effectively, even when the pane has undergone substantial pressure. Added advantages include a relatively simple repairs process (injecting replacement resin will do the trick for minor breakages), as well as the fact that PVB blocks 99% of UV radiation. All these things make laminated glass a very popular solution to any security concern you might have.
Laminated glass offers greater protection for people and properties over other glass products. The standard two – ply construction provides resistance to penetration when subjected to attempted forced entry. In multiple configurations, laminated glass can even resist bullets, heavy objects, or small explosions.
Two or more panes of glass are bonded together by a durable plastic interlayer, which enables the glass to strongly resist penetration by impacting objects. However, if it should break, the glass will tend to remain in its frame, minimizing the risk of injury from sharp edges and flying or falling glass particles.
By keeping the glass intact within the frame, laminated glass helps reduce injuries from large shards of flying glass caused by, for example hurricanes, earthquakes or other unusual loading on the glass.
Toughened glass, also known as tempered glass, is a type of safety glass created through a process of chemical or controlled thermal treatments. This process gives the glass far more strength than normal glass by compressing the outer and inner surfaces into tension. Toughened glass is more resistant to thermal shock, making it ideal for use in architectural applications where there is unfavourable shading.
When this type of glass is broken, it crumbles into small granular chunks. It doesn’t splinter or create jagged shards like plate glass does. These granular chunks are preferred because they are less likely to cause injuries.
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