Toughened glass is up to five times stronger than regular glass of the same thickness. It provides excellent heat and cold resistance and is designed with the highest safety standards firmly in mind. Much like security glass, toughened glass is capable of withstanding severe impacts and damage without shattering. These properties make the product ideal for architects and builders, allowing them to use glass in a wider range of ways than normal; for example, in the design and construction of homes, offices, and factories toughened glass provides invaluable added security.
Throughout the process of making toughened glass, strict emphasis is placed on maintaining structural integrity. The glass is subjected to a toughening process after its manufacture, which includes edgework and polishing. The material is also subjected to heating and cooling treatments, which establish high surface compressive stresses while balancing tensile stresses at the centre.