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Tempered Glass: Understanding Its Features and Benefits

Today’s residential windows in Independence MO and across the country have various features, such as durable frames, energy-efficient panes, and easy-to-clean mechanisms. If you’re in the market for replacement windows, you’ve probably encountered products that come with “tempered glass.”

What does it mean and how does it affect the performance of your windows? At Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City, we want to help you get the best products for your home. Here’s some information on tempered glass that’s worth knowing about:

Features

Tempered glass and heat-strengthened glass are types of toughened glass. The main difference between these two is the length of time they are cooled. With an accelerated cooling process, tempered glass has higher surface compression than heat-strengthened glass. It is also at least four times stronger than untreated, conventional glass.

Uses and Benefits

Tempered glass offers additional protection for building occupants, especially during instances when there is high risk of broken glass, such as explosion, fire, hurricane, and tornado. As it is stronger than its counterparts, tempered glass is a great option if you need a product that can effectively resist thermal stress and/or wind pressure.

Apart from strength, tempered glass offers the following benefits:

Safety
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, Independence, Missouri is at risk of hail, tornado, and wildfire. All of these conditions may cause glass on your windows and doors to break, which may result in glass injuries.

Unlike traditional glass that breaks into sharp pieces, tempered glass breaks into tiny, round pieces. This reduces the risk of injuring anyone when an accident or extreme weather condition occurs.

Heat Resistance
This type of glass can help protect your home and family against wildfire, as it can withstand exposure to wind-blown embers and flames. You have to make sure, however, that the windows and doors are closed before evacuating your home during a wildfire.

Clean Up
Broken tempered glass pieces can be cleaned up by just sweeping them up with a broom. Furthermore, you can vacuum small glass pieces to make sure you didn’t leave anything behind.

Dual-pane, tempered glass windows are great additions to your home. For more information on this type of glass, contact Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City. We offer a range of products, including double hung windows in Independence MO.

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