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Tempered Glass

Glass tempering, also known as glass toughening is a thermal process whereby the ordinary float glass is heated to extremely high temperatures before being rapidly cooled. This heating and rapid cooling process causes the centre and surface of the glass to cool at different rates. The surface of the glass thus goes into compression, whist the centre of the glass is under tension.

This process of thermal toughening causes the glass to be around 4 times stronger than ordinary glass. Another benefit is that the glass also becomes safer if it does break. This is because if the toughened glass were to break, it would break in many small, relatively harmless pieces. Ordinary glass, when broken, can cause injury as it can break into jagged shards of glass.

Laminated Glass

The process of lamination involves sandwiching two or more pieces of glass together using a special polymer based film between them. Using heat, the interlayer fuses to each piece of glass it is in contact with.

A variety of different glasses can be laminated together, whether it is different colours or thicknesses. It is also possible to laminate with films of different colours and patterns.

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Sandblasted Glass

Sandblasting is a process where particles of sand are fired at a piece of glass at high velocity. These particles chip away at the surface of the glass they are impacting which causes the glass to become obscure. This type of glass can be used in applications where privacy is required.

Polished Glass

This process provides an even and smooth surface along the edge of the glass. Cut glass can cause injury and is sometimes not aesthetically pleasing. Polishing takes care of this by grinding away a very thin layer along the edge to reveal a polished surface.

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Bevelled Glass

Glass bevelling is a process where the surface of a piece of glass or mirror is cut at an angle around its border in a way where the thickness reduces uniformly towards the edge of the glass. It improves the visual characteristics of the glass or mirror by deflecting and or diffracting light at different angles.

Machined Glass

Glass machining includes any drilling or notching done to the glass. This allows for the use of specially fabricated glass fittings on the glass where the glass is being used, for example, as a door.

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