When you hear the word tempered glass, the first thing that comes to mind is unbreakable. However, that is not the case. Just like regular glass, tempered glass can also break. The only difference is the amount of force needed to break it. That is just one myth about tempered glass.
Common Tempered Glass Myths
Here are 10 more myths about tempered glass that we’re going to debunk:
Tempered glass is stronger than regular glass because it is coated in a safety glaze made up of different chemicals. These chemicals keep the glass from breaking into shards. Instead, tempered glass breaks into small particles – making it relatively safer when it accidentally breaks.
For that reason, there are many myths surrounding the new glass technology.
- Tempered glass is not really glass.
Some think that tempered glass is just a really strong type of plastic. However, tempered glass is still made of regular glass. It’s just treated and superheated to become more durable and safer for buildings, cars, and even phone accessories.
- Tempered glass can stop bullets.
This is a very dangerous myth. While tempered glass will not shatter into shards when a bullet goes through it, a bullet will definitely pass through. Bulletproof glass is an extremely higher-level version of protective and safety glass.
- Tempered glass does not break in extreme heat.
False. Tempered glass melts and warps when exposed to high levels of heat. It can be microwaved, like some plates but only to a certain point. Exposing it to fire will melt and warp it as well.
- Tempered glass can be used as eyeglasses.
False… and true. Theoretically, you can use tempered glass to make glasses. However, opticians don’t usually prescribe this as it is an unnecessary expense. They use cheaper materials that are just as durable and made specifically for glasses lens.
- Tempered glass is safe for children.
Any industrial material, whether it’s metal, wood, plastic, or tempered glass can be dangerous if not handled correctly. Always watch your children when they are around tempered glass structures because they can still get hurt by the weight and force of impact from tempered glass.