Toughened Glass

Toughened Glass - Shelves, Tabletops, Shower Screens, Balustrades and Staircases

Toughened Glass or tempered glass is the most popular form of safety glass – Used to meet building regulations in doors and windows. Therefore, in certain circumstances, toughened glass will be a requirement and the consumer may not have a choice on whether to use it or not. Toughened Glass will be stamped in one corner, which is in accordance to building regulations, and we cannot stop this stamp from being put on. However, if the glass is being used for furniture purposes a smaller ‘furniture stamp’ can be requested.

Toughened Glass is manufactured by heating the cut glass to a very high temperature and then rapidly cooling it. This changes the molecular structure of the glass, which helps to make it up to 5 times stronger than float/annealed glass.

Moreover, if the toughened glass does break after a heavy impact, the glass doesn’t break into sharp shards like annealed would, but instead it crumbles into hundreds of blunt pebbles – significantly reducing the severity of an injury.

All Clear, Low E & Patterned Glass can be toughened. The thinnest glass that can be toughened is 4mm.

Once glass has been toughened it CANNOT BE CUT. Any attempt to cut the glass would just shatter it into tiny pieces. Please double check all the sizes before ordering because any mistakes cannot be rectified afterwards.

Toughened glass takes 7 – 10 working days to obtain. This is due to the fact that this articulate manufacturing process is carried out by specialists. If templates are required, for when bespoke shapes and details are needed, we will send off pre-cut glass to our specialists to complete the toughening process.

Toughened Glass is not sharp as the edges are arrised at the toughening plant. The edges can be brittle though, catching the edge or corner of the glass can cause it to shatter. The edges are the weakest points, therefore, placing toughened glass on a soft platform is advised.

Edgework Options (See image)

Additionally, there is a radius (rounded) edgework available for corners, which can be templated to by comparing it to a selected coin size e.g. 5 pence

NOTE: if choosing bevelled edgework for glass that will be in a frame etc – please make sure to add a larger bevel as the frame will hide some of the edgework/glass.

 

Shelves & Tabletops:

*Thatcham Glass Centre can be as fully involved in this service as required *

Glass tabletops and shelving are made to measure - Toughened glass is essential due to safety regulations. Varying thicknesses from 4mm onwards is available depending on suitability.

A range of edgework can be requested, with our most popular being polished (smooth), bevelled and radius corners.

Tinted Bronze, Grey, Blue or Green toughened is also available – please contact us to look at samples if required.

Hardboard templates are essential for accuracy when shapes or cut-outs are involved.

NOTE: A template is ONLY required if it is shaped or corners are NOT at a 90-degree angle (Please be aware that visually looking cornered antique furniture/ natural wood isn’t always flat or angled at 90-degrees)

 

Shower Screens

*Thatcham Glass Centre can be as fully involved in this service as required *

The functionality and structural integrity must be considered when measuring and ordering shower screens. Due to the vulnerability during its use, these MUST be toughened.

A range of edgework can be requested, with our most popular being polished (smooth), bevelled and radius corners.

Hardboard templates are essential for accuracy when shapes or cut-outs are involved. Please additionally adjust and confirm for possible hinges/holes. Due to the nature of toughened glass, the edges of the toughened glass are its weakest point – meaning that holes are restricted to certain distances away from the edge.

We are able to provide shower accessories if required e.g. plastic seals.

 

Balustrades and Staircases

*Thatcham Glass Centre can be as fully involved in this service as required *

Due safety regulations, this glass MUST be toughened. This particular height is exposed to young children and can easily be fallen into.

A range of edgework can be requested, with our most popular being polished (smooth), bevelled and radius corners.

Templates are required and must be tested in the area before ordering. Toughened glass CANNOT be adapted after processing. Hardboard templates are essential for accuracy when shapes or cut-outs are involved. Please additionally adjust and confirm for possible hinges/holes. Due to the nature of toughened glass, the edges of the toughened glass are its weakest point – meaning that holes are restricted to certain distances away from the edge.

Particularly with staircases, when an estimate is being provided, we require the measurements marked out on the diagram:

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