Glasshape offers a comprehensive portfolio of fully certified architectural tempered glass for interior and exterior designs. Tempered glass is strengthened using a unique heating and cooling process. The glass is first heated to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before being subject to an extremely rapid, high-pressure cooling process.
This cools the outer surfaces before it does the center, initiating a kinetic reaction between both parts, which strengthens the glass. The tempering process makes the glass several times stronger than ordinary annealed glass.
Tempered glass vs. standard glass vs. laminated glass
The tempering process is primarily what distinguishes tempered glass from every other type of glass. Standard glass is created using an annealing process which works by heating the glass to a certain temperature before allowing it to cool down to room temperature. While this makes the glass relatively soft, it allows it to be shaped and customized with ease.
However, due to their softness, standard annealed products are more susceptible to damage. If the glass breaks, it typically shatters into jagged shards with sharp edges, increasing the likelihood of injury to those near it.
Laminated glass is produced using two panes of ordinary annealed glass that are joined together with an interlayer to provide maximum strength and durability. Laminated glass tends to be used for projects where there is a greater need for security.
Perfect for glass doors, railings and a number of other applications, our heat-treated, tempered glass solutions provide high-level safety and strength. Even if the glass breaks, it will shatter into small, rounded pieces, making them less likely to cause damage or injury.
TemperShield® Features and benefits
TemperShield® is a versatile premium glass product providing high-grade solutions for commercial and residential applications. It’s compatible with security, thermal and decorative glazing, making it a highly customizable product that can fit a range of different projects.
We offer hundreds of configurations and curve your product to fit your specification. Both our tempered and laminated solutions can be customized to your requirements.
- 2D, 3D and complex curves, including conical, spherical, J-curves and tangents.
- Thicknesses from 1/8″ (4mm) – 3/4″ (19mm).
- Standard dimensions up to 154″ (3900mm) x 96″ (2440mm) and oversize capabilities.
- Compatible with laminate and print.
- Large range of glass types available off the shelf or bespoke to your specifications.
- Exteriors: TemperShield® is a highly versatile solution that can be customized for exterior-facing projects, including shop front displays and revolving doors. Our expert team of designers can combine TemperShield® with VisionInk glass-printing capabilities to control SHG and VLT properties. It can also be used for curved rooflights in atrium and other entrance way spaces.
- Interiors: TemperShield® can be applied to a variety of interior spaces to maximise natural light exposure, including for offices, shops, malls, restaurants and cafés. Within these spaces, it’s often used for internal partitioning, stair and atrium balustrades, skylights, frameless doors and glass floors. Use VisionInk® to create striking and colourful digital ceramic images to be fused right into the glass surface.
- Cabinetry: We can modify TemperShield® using Glasshape’s glass-bending capabilities, making it perfect for presentation cabinets. It can also be combined with BanditShield to provide protection from “smash-and-grab” burglaries.
- Railing: Curved tempered glass gives new and renovated homes additional light and space that allow for unobstructed views and protection from wind. Structural railings require the glass to take handrail loads, so the balustrades must use tempered safety glass. The loading on the glass is determined by the American National Standard for Glazing – ANSI Z97.1-2015.
- Curved staircase railings: Bent glass railings can be used to enhance the aesthetic of a curved staircase, which is the focal point in many high-end residences. Glasshape produces the tightest bend on a 1/2” (12mm) pane with a radius of just 28″ (700mm), an industry benchmark.
- Residential bay windows: Curved glass bay windows help accentuate the façade of contemporary dwellings. Long, sweeping curves allow for distinctive designs and panoramic views, with the generous expanse of glass enhancing the feeling of openness and freedom, while also letting in plenty of natural light.
For non-curved panes we offer maximum dimensions of 299″ x 130″ (7600mm x 3300mm). This reduces to 7200mm (283″) if heat soak is required. It’s possible to manufacture flat, tempered, laminated and printed panes up to 591″ x 126″ (15000mm x 3200mm). Regardless of your specifications, we can work with you to help design the right product.