Toughened Glass

Valiant Glass manufactures toughened glass for use in a wide range of applications, including the following products that are found in homes and commercial buildings in Sydney.

What is toughened glass used for?

  • Shelving
  • Balustrades
  • Shopfronts
  • Glass for furniture
  • Frameless glass
  • Glass for windows and doors
  • Showerscreens

Toughened glass is commonly used in glass repair work.

Why use toughened glass?

The two main reasons why toughened safety glass is used in homes and businesses are for safety and strength.

When toughened glass is broken it shatters into many small pieces, which are relatively harmless compared with large shards of broken annealed glass.

Areas where toughened glass should be used?

Being a Grade A safety glass, toughened glass can be used in areas that require safety glass to comply with current Australian Standards.

Positions that are likely to be subject to human impact require safety glass to minimise the risk of injuries. These locations must be either toughened or laminated glass, which provide a safe situation when broken. Typical areas and properties that use toughened include the following.

  • High traffic areas in homes
  • Panels of glass in doors
  • Side panels next to doors
  • Low level glazing
  • Schools
  • Aged care facilities
  • Child care centres
  • Hospitals

Is toughened glass breakable?

Although toughened glass is five times stronger than normal glass it can break. When impacted with sharp objects or hit with considerable force, the glass it will break like any other glass.

What are the advantages of toughened glass?

In addition to the safety aspects of toughened glass it is also a strong and durable product, which can withstand higher impact and even higher temperatures.

Areas subject to excessive amounts of heat such as splashbacks, hot food displays and other similar applications require toughened glass for this reason.

Glass panels that are subject to high impact or vandalism such as bus shelters, squash courts and balustrades benefit from the extra strength provided by toughened glass.

Sometimes window glass replacement requires toughened glass to be installed over the use of laminated glass. Toughened glass is available in 4mm glass, which can fit into window frames that only accept this thickness.

How thick is toughened glass?

Toughened glass is available in a variety of thicknesses and different types of glass. The following are the most common types of toughened glass.

  • Clear Toughened Glass – 6mm, 8mm, 10mm & 12mm
  • Patterned Toughened Glass – 4mm and 5mm
  • Frosted Toughened Glass – 4mm, 6mm & 10mm