Tempered glass is safety glass. But not all safety glass is tempered glass.
What is Safety Glass?
Safety glass is a type of glass made in such a way that it is less likely to cause injury if it breaks. Tempered glass is one of the most well-known forms of safety glass, but it’s not the only one. Safety glass can also be laminated, engraved, and made of wire mesh.
The processes used to make tempered glass, laminated glass, wired glass, and engraved glass can be combined to produce types of safety glass that are toughened, laminated, meshed, and engraved at the same time.
Safety glass is used in automobiles, residential and commercial buildings, electronic devices, household items, and much more. Tempered glass, in particular, is a preferred material for personal electronics and glass cookware.
Laminated glass is often used in areas where there is a possibility of human impact. Automobile windshields, skylights, curtain walls, glass storefronts, and windows are often made from laminated glass. Wired glass is known for its fire-resistant properties.
What is Tempered Glass?
Tempered glass is a special type of glass that is made using extremely high heat and a prolonged cooling process. The tempering process results in glass that is resistant to heat and shatters into small crystals instead of large sharp pieces. According to Scientific American, this type of glass is four times stronger than normal glass.
Tempered glass is used in vehicle windows, glass furniture, appliances, aquariums, architectural glass doors, shower enclosures, protective eyewear for factory workers and divers, and cookware.