“Safety glass” is a term given to specific types of glass that when broken will break in such a way as to minimize potential injury to people. This is in contrast to standard “plate glass” which breaks into large shards that could result in personal injury. The most common types of safety glass are tempered, laminated, acrylic and polycarbonate. Uniform building codes have been created that address specific applications for residential and commercial buildings and assure the public’s safety when followed. Safety glass is required in applications such as patio doors, side lights, patio furniture glass, etc.
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