If you’re in the process of choosing double-glazing for your home, one of the most important questions is the type of glass you want to be used in your installation.
In the UK, there are 8 main different types of glass used in double-glazing panes. So that you make the best choice for your home when you’re deciding to place an order, it really pays well for you to make sure you select the type of glass that meets your needs.
In this article, we look at fire protection glass, a tough, durable, and reliable product that has provided safety and security in both homes and commercial premises for decades.
Fire protection glass provides you with a double-glazing system specifically designed to give you a consistent level of protection against the danger of fire spreading.
It’s not just fires that it holds back – it also holds back smoke, one of the biggest causes of injury and death in fires.
Fire protection glass is something you’ll see being used on fire doors and fire screens on emergency exits.
What are the most important things to know about fire protection glass?
You can choose the level of fire protection you want with your glass by specifying a time period you want protection over – 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 120 minutes, or 180 minutes.
Normal glass breaks at around 500°F but your fire protection glass for your home can withstand up to 1,600°F.
Initially designed purely for safety in the event of fire, the technology behind fire protection glass has developed particularly quickly in the last few years meaning that you can enjoy the same peace of mind as before but now with a wide range of attractive framing finishes.
How does fire protection glass work?
Layers of specially-manufactured, fire-resistant clear resin interlayers are placed between the two panes of glass to achieve the safety you need. The panes of glass used in fire protection glass are generally thicker than standard glazing and it’s the thickness of the panes that is the big factor in the time of protection from fire and smoke you get.
What other advantages does fire protection glass offer?
Because of the way they’re put together, fire protection glass offers higher than normal protection against noise and UV rays.
If I’m speaking to an installer about fire protection glass, what should I ask?
First of all, do you really need it? Is there something about fire in your home that so worries you that you’re thinking of investing in fire protection glass? Speak with your installer when getting quotes about the pros and cons of fire protection glass because, if that’s the choice you make, there will be certain types of framing and decoration that aren’t possible because they’ll affect the fire control benefits you want to receive.
Second, it’s expensive. Does your whole house need this? If not, speak with your installer about how to place them in your home to meet the requirements you need the fire protection glass to offer.