Safety Glass Requirements
Certain applications (e.g., entry doors and sidelites) generally require the use of tempered or laminated safety glass. The requirements are complex and vary by municipality. Your local building inspector is the ultimate authority on whether safety glass is required for your specific application. You accept all responsibility for determining whether you must have safety glass when you place your order with us.
We heat-treat glass so that if it breaks, it breaks into many small less harmful pieces, instead of more harmful large shards. Not all glass patterns can be tempered. For example, glass with any trapped air (e.g., Seedy) cannot be tempered. A certification ASTM SGCC logo will be placed on the tempered glass unless no logo is requested.
The glass you order is sandwiched together with plain glass. If it breaks, the pieces stay together, making it less harmful. This process makes the glass thicker and heavier.