CRYSTALCLEAR tempered glass is made using special heated furnaces, which heat the annealed glass to a uniform temperature of approximately 700ºC. When the glass exits the furnace, it is rapidly cooled. This rapid cooling puts the glass surface into a state of compression while the centre core remains in tension.
When tempered glass is broken, all the stored energy is released at once and the glass breaks into small pieces.
Characteristics of Tempered glass:
Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than annealed glass of the same size and thickness against impact. Tempered glass has higher thermal strength, and it can withstand high temperature changes up to 250°C. Tempered glass is considered as safety glass. It is difficult to break and even in the event of a breakage, disintegrates into small relatively harmless globules. Tempering does not alter the basic characteristics of glass such as light transmission and solar radiant heat properties of normal glass. The glass surface after heat treatment has the same resistance to surface damage as annealed glass. Tempered glass cannot be cut or altered.