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Safety Glass – Tempered, Laminated, and Wire Glass

Federal, state and local codes require safety glazing material where the glazing might reasonably be exposed to human impact. This includes walk through doors, tub and shower enclosures, sidelites, and certain windows. Applicable building codes should be checked for specific information and requirements.

Tempered Glass

This glass is heated to a temperature near its softening point then cooled rapidly with air. This process makes fully tempered glass four times stronger than ordinary annealed glass and significantly increases its resistance to thermal and impact stress. A unique safety characteristic of tempered glass is that when it breaks, it fractures into small relatively harmless fragments and greatly reduces the likelihood of injury because there are no jagged edges or shards.

Safety glass for shower enclosure

Possible uses of tempered glass include:

  • Patio doors
  • Patio tabletops
  • Fireplaces
  • Tub and shower enclosures
  • Walk-thru door glass or storm doors
  • Windows (above or near a door)
  • Greenhouse windows
  • Office partitions
  • Railing glass
  • Showcases

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is a combination of two or more pieces of glass that have plastic placed between each piece. When the glass is broken the plastic holds the pieces of glass together. Along with helping to reduce injuries when glass breaks this glass can help prevent break-ins, reduce noise and ultra-violet rays.

Store entrance

Bell’s laminated glass comes in clear, bronze or grey colors with any of our edgework and patterns; however 1/4" and 3/8" laminated products can only have a bevel up to 1".

Possible uses of laminated glass include:

  • Tub and shower enclosures
  • Walk-thru door glass or storm doors
  • Windows (above or near a door)
  • Greenhouse windows
  • Office partitions
  • Railing glass
  • Security glass

Wire Glass

Wire glass can be used in windows in metal fire-rated doors only.