Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Safety Glass and Arizona Building Codes

Tempered glass is produced by heating glass at a high temperature then rapidly cooling it, making it up to 5 times stronger than regular plate glass.  This process makes the glass stronger and also changes the way the glass breaks.

When glass breaks, it often forms large, sharp shards that can pose significant risks to your safety. Tempered glass shatters into small pieces that are less likely to cause an injury. Because of this change in the glass structure, tempered glass is also called safety glass.

Building codes require that safety glass be used in any areas in the home where there is a risk of the glass breaking and causing serious injuries. All glass or panels in fixed, operable, swinging, sliding and bi-fold doors must be constructed from safety glass. Glass located adjacent to a door within a 24-inch arc of the door must be constructed from safety glass if the bottom edge of the glass is less than 60 inches above the walking surface. The risk of slips and falls in wet areas means that glass located in bathrooms or near a hot tub must be constructed from safety glass.

Licensed and experienced glaziers know all of the building codes, and they should be the only people who install, repair or replace windows and glass in your Home. 
Call 623-215-7125 for the Arizona licensed home glass specialists at NU-VIEW Glass to expertly service your home window glass needs in the metro Phoenix west valley!