Safety glass is less likely to break, or cause serious injury when broken – keeping you and your family safe and sound
How safety glass works
Toughened safety glass has undergone a heat treatment, making it up to 5 times stronger than standard glass of the same thickness. If the glass does break, it will fracture into thousands of small, relatively harmless particles.
Laminated safety glass is made by applying a plastic interlayer between two (or more) panes of glass. If the glass is broken these interlayers hold the glass in place. The glass still breaks into pieces, but they remain stuck to the interlayer.
Why choose safety glass?
There are two types of safety glass, Grade A toughened safety glass or laminated safety glass. We will ensure safety glass is used in all human impacted areas as required by NZS4223 part 3 2016 in line with the latest building code.
Toughened glass can improve the safety of doors and windows that are not very high off the floor and is safer than regular glass when broken as it breaks into tiny blunt pieces.
Laminated glass is much harder to break through and does not shatter like regular glass; instead it “spiderwebs” from the centre. This offers improved security as there is no opening created, which would allow someone to reach in to open the door or window and gain access to your home.