James Cole Glass & Glazing uses only the most recognised safety glass available. Safety glass generally means any glass used to reduce the risk of accidents arising from sudden impacts & shattering, fractures, on-going stress or fire. Toughened and Laminated glasses are forms of "safety" glass.
Laminated Safety Glass - safety and security
Laminated safety glass is the only glass combining both safety and security properties. It is perfectly clear to look through. Should the glass be broken, it will hold together and not collapse, reducing damage to both property and people. This glass is manufactured in various thicknesses for domestic and commercial use and often used by banks, shops, and any location where safety and security are paramount.
Toughened Glass - glass 5 times stronger
Toughened Glass is 5 times stronger than annealed glass. This is float glass (normal glass) passed through a heat process, which tempers the glass making it toughened, however this does not mean unbreakable. Toughened glass will break under stress and disintegrate in to small granules with dulled edges thus reducing the risk of injury. All toughened glass is made in various thicknesses in either clear or patterned glass allowing the freedom to create varied designs. Toughened glass is the most widely specified safety glass in conservatory construction.
Fire Resistant Glass
Fire resistant glass is glazed to doors and windows and will give 30-minute fire resistant protection. This integrity glass provides specific resistance to the passage of smoke and fumes, though it will permit the transmission of heat radiation from a fire. Fire resistant glass is produced by changing the composition of toughened glass. This is done by laminating or making special modifications to toughened glass.
Pilkington K Glass has a long-standing reputation as secure manufactured glass and is used for improving security and safety, cutting heat gain and loss during warm and cool months and reducing energy costs. It is often recommended for as a higher specification in building conservatories.