Are glass shower doors shatterproof?
The aesthetics come with a cost however, as I recently learned the hard way: Glass shower and tub enclosures can shatter without warning, endangering any person or pet in the path of the raining glass.
How safe are glass shower doors?
Fortunately, federal codes require that glass shower doors be made of tempered safety glass. This means that when shattering happens, the glass breaks into many small pieces rather than large jagged pieces. While these smaller pieces are definitely less dangerous than non-tempered glass, lacerations can still occur.
Can a glass door shattered by itself?
Because sliding glass door panes are tempered, they’re inherently prone to spontaneous shattering. And while it’s not common by any means, it does happen and can take homeowners by surprise when it does. Most often, shattering will occur as a result of fluctuations in temperature.
What can cause glass to shatter?
Spontaneous breakage of tempered glass is most commonly caused by chipped or nicked edges during installation, stress caused by binding in the frame, internal defects such as nickel sulfide inclusions, thermal stresses in the glass, and inadequate thickness to resist high wind loads.
Is there anyway to cut tempered glass?
The only possible way to cut & customize tempered glass is with the use of special laser cutters, and this cannot be done at home. So, homeowners must seek professional help if they really need to cut & customize the tempered glass without making it lose its strength & durability.
Should shower glass be tempered?
Law requires that professionals use tempered glass when building shower doors. In the event that your shower door breaks, tempered glass will cause the glass to break into dull cubes while regular glass will break into jagged shards.