Posted on: 7 July 2016
There are an array of reasons why you may require emergency glass repairs in your household. Although the most common tends to be due to accidental glass breakage, your windows might also suffer damage from a storm or a break-in. What most homeowners do not realise is that the glaziers who come to assess the damage and replace the glass come with a variety of glass panels to choose from. Knowing what the different types of glass are enables you to make the right choice for your needs. Here are some of the different glass panels that you could consider during emergency glass repairs.
Annealed glass panels
When it comes to emergency glass repairs, these are the most affordable option that you could consider. Annealed glass is regular glass that does not offer much protection in terms of breakage or energy efficiency. However, since it is the cheapest type of glass panel available, it is a convenient opting for economical glass repairs. It should be noted that annealed glass is only suited for smaller windowpanes and should not be used for large panels of glass.
Toughened glass panels
Another available option for emergency glass repairs is toughened glass. This type of glass has been treated through a process known as thermal tempering. The tempering process involves heating the glass past its annealing point, then rapidly cooling it so that it can harden. This cools the outside quickly, but the inner parts of the glass stay hot for longer. These different cooling rates of the exterior and the interior of the glass exposes the glass to compressive stresses. The compressive stresses work toward making the glass stronger than conventional annealed glass. Toughened glass has high impact resistance. This makes it a suitable option for the replacement of large glass panels such as those used for fencing, sliding doors or as balustrading.
Laminated glass panels
These types of glass panels are made up of multiple layers of glass that have been adhered together. There are two main ways that this glass is created. The first is by adhering the panels using heat and pressure. The second way is through the application of a resin between the sheets of glass to make them stick together. Laminated glass panels are an ideal option for safety, as they do not shatter into numerous pieces. Instead, the glass shards stay held in place in the event that it succumbs to high impact.Share