Before you install fire rated glass, you need to consider the factors that will have an impact on overall performance and appearance. Protecting a property or business with fire rated glass is essential, especially in areas that are prone to flames and high temperatures, such as kitchens or labs.
First things first, consider the use of the fire resistant glass.
What do you require the heat proof glass for? It could be for glass windows, doors or partitions. Express Toughening supply a wide range of fire rated glass, including the Pyro Ex-30 Fire Glass. This fire rated glass is ideal for windows and doors but also vision panels. The glass is completely clear and doesn’t impede on the aesthetics of the glass. It’s advisable you install heat resistant glass to your building, especially if you want to adhere to building regulations and maintain a safe environment for employees.
Why fire resistant glass?
Fire resistant glass is ideal if you want to stick to a fire protection strategy. The simple installation of glass can offer a reliable solution that prepares your building in the event of a fire. Where fire protection is considered to be important, standard glass or toughened glass won’t offer as much protection as the heat proof glass supplied by Express toughening. Take the Georgian Wire Cast Glass, for example, this incorporates an obscure pattern that has been designed to offer additional security. The glass has been manufactured to include steel mesh, providing stability and preventing any fire hazards from spreading quickly.
Choosing the correct fire rating.
For glass to remain intact, you need to make sure that your glass has the right fire rating. Any glass that can withstand extreme temperatures and impacts from fire, is considered to be fire glass. The average fire rated glass is expected to provide between 20 to 120 minutes of extra protection when a fire occurs. It makes all the difference to have the right fire resistant glass installed. There are no compromises made to the strength of the glass, however, fire resistant glass is not a substitute for ordinary or toughened glass.
In order for heat resistant glass to be rated, it needs to pass a series of checks. The main reason safety checks are performed is to ensure that the glass offers the best performance against high temperatures. At Express Toughening, the Georgian Wire Polished Glass is tried and tested before it’s installed in public buildings such as schools and offices. The Pilkington Pyroshield glass offers impact resistance and although the glass may crack, the wire is held in place.
Finally, make sure you get an expert to install your heat proof glass.
This is a job for the professionals. Taking this into your own hands could be potentially dangerous, especially if a fire was to break out further down the line! Asking a professional, who has an abundance of expertise and skill is the safest option you can choose, they are the experts and can ensure that your safety isn’t compromised. Although you may think it’s cheaper to install fire rated glass yourself, it pays to be safe, using Express Toughening is an affordable alternative that isn’t life threatening!
Find out more about Express Toughening’s fire rated glass today!