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Frequently Asked Questions for Architects
Both are a type of safety glass. Tempered glass is a sheet of glass processed by controlled thermal treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering puts the outer surfaces into compression and the interior into tension. Such stresses cause the glass—when broken—to shatter into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards, like ordinary annealed glass does. These granular chunks are less likely to cause injury. On the other hand, laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. In the event of breaking, it is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), between its two or more layers of glass. The interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded, even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces. This produces a characteristic "spider web" cracking pattern when the impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass.
We have been a trusted source for 48 years for custom glass and mirrors for commercial and residential interiors. One of the largest shippers of glass nationwide, we ship over 1 million square feet of glass annually. Our customers rely on our safe shipping process to ensure your glass is delivered without breaking every time.
MiraSafe safety mirrors are ultra-clear safety mirrors designed for active environments. The glass stays together on impact, has low-iron content offering zero distortion or greenish tint and is super easy to install. In contrast, regular mirrors are made of thinner glass, giving you a condensed reflection. They are also highly breakable and require safety backing when installed. Read more on the benefits of MiraSafe mirrors.
First, you should measure the area where the door is being installed. There are likely code restrictions on the door width so you must follow the local codes where you are building. Once you have the hardware specifications, you can view the available size and weight of the tempered glass.

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