What is Tempered Glass?
Have you ever asked yourself, “What is Tempered Glass?” Since you are reading this post, my guess is you have! It is not a complicated question to answer. The easiest explanation would be that it is safety glass. Here is Wikipedia’s description on tempered glass. But not all safety glass is tempered glass. Tempered glass is a specific kind of safety glass that when it breaks it breaks into little pieces instead of large pieces. Don’t get me wrong it can still cut you. Chances are you will not be maimed like with a large falling piece of glass. Here is an image of what tempered glass looks like when broken and what regular glass looks like when broken.
Tempered glass is now required by law in many applications. If you are installing a shower door you will need tempered glass. 99.9% of shower doors are made like this. However an occasional piece of glass will fall through the cracks. No pun intended. If you would like to know if a piece is tempered or not you an simply inspect the corners for a tempered logo. All pieces that have been tempered are required to be stamped. A stamp is normally no larger than an inch and looks like sand blasting. Here is a picture of a tempered logo below.