Toughened glass is often used in applications where using standard glass could pose a potential danger. Toughened glass is stronger than standard glass and does not shatter into large shards when broken. This is important, because it can greatly minimise potential danger in the case of a break. Manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, Toughened glass is much harder than normal glass.
In the case that Toughened glass does break, it shatters into small pebbles that are void of dangerous, sharp edges. As Toughened glass is much safer than normal glass, you may often here it referred to as safety glass or toughened glass. Toughened glass has a wide variety of uses that you’ll find just about everywhere.
Another benefit of Toughened glass is the ability to stand up to moderate heat (470°F). The process that creates this strengthened glass also makes it heat-resistant. This makes Toughened glass a great solution for a situation where there is a danger of the glass breaking due to impact or moderate heat. Toughened glass is often used for fireplace doors (not wood stoves) or kitchen splashbacks behind the hob. If Toughened glass is exposed to higher temperatures, it gradually weakens the structure of the glass thus making it more susceptible to breakage. Toughened glass is not recommended in wood burning applications.