CUSTOM FRAMELESS SHOWER ENCLOSURES
SEMI-FRAMED TUB AND SHOWER ENCLOSURES
RETRO FIT WINDOWS
DOUBLE PANE REPLACEMENT GLASS
BACKSPLASH, COUNTER TOPS, SHOWER WALLS
WHEN AND WHERE TO USE SAFETY GLASS
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REPLACEMENT DOUBLE PANE:
Insulating Glass (IG) units are hermetically sealed combinations of two or more lites of glass separated by a dry airspace. IG units improve thermal performance, significantly reducing heating and air conditioning costs. IG units also reduce interior condensation in cold climates.
Where should I use it?
A wide range of applications include:
Insulating glass units are fabricated according to project specifications. IG units can be constructed using a large variety of glass products to achieve desired aesthetics, meet design criteria, safety codes and/or to improve solar control and thermal performance. Glass options include clear, low iron, Low-E's, standard or high performance (spectrally selective) tints, reflective, silk-screened, spandrel, laminated, decorative and wired glass. The glass lites of an IG unit can be annealed, heat-strengthened, tempered or laminated.
- Fixed and Operable windows
- Storefronts and Curtain Walls
- Sloped/Overhead Glazing
- Non-vision (Spandrel) Locations
What is Heat-Treated Glass?
Heat-treated glass is glass that has been processed through a tempering oven to increase its strength to resist impact, mechanical loads and thermal stress breakage. There are two distinct heat-treated glass products, heat-strengthened and fully tempered.
Where should I use it?
- Doors: Patio, Entrance, Storm and Sidelites
- Tub and Shower Enclosures
- Windows: Commercial/Residential, Fixed and Operable
- Displays, Partitions
- Storefronts and Handrails
What is Laminated Glass?
Laminated Glass is a multifunctional glazing material that can be used in a variety of applications. It is manufactured by permanently bonding two or more lites of glass with layers of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer, under heat and pressure, to create a single construction.
Where should I use it?
Safety glazing is required by the International Residential Code in a number of locations and is intended to reduce the potential for injury in the event of accidental contact with the glazing.
- Sloped/Overhead Glazing
- Museums, Prisons, Government Buildings
- Jewelry Stores, Banks, Airports
- Safety Glazing Applications
- Schools, Hospitals, Hotels
- Interior Partitions, Office Buildings
The two most common types of safety glazing are tempered and laminated. Each pane of safety glazing is required to be permanently labeled. The label typically consists of an etching in the corner of the window indicating if the glass is tempered or laminated.
Safety glazing is required in the following locations:
Safety Glazing In Windows
- In side-hinged doors including storm doors.
- In fixed and sliding panels of sliding door assemblies and panels in sliding and bi-fold closet door assemblies.
- In doors and enclosures for hot tubs, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, bathtubs, and showers whenever any glazing is within 60 inches measured vertically from any standing surface. This would include windows adjacent to bathtubs.
- Glazing within fixed or operable panels that are within 24 inches of either edge of a door in the closed position and the glazing is less than 60 inches above the adjacent floor.
- Glazing in a fixed or operable panel that meets all of the following conditions:
- The exposed area of an individual pane is more than 9 square feet.
- The bottom edge of the pane is less than 18 inches above the floor.
- The top edge of the pane is more than 36 inches above the floor.
- There is a walking surface within 36 inches horizontally of the glazing.
- Glazing in railings.
- Glazing in walls and fences enclosing indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas where the edge of the pool or spa within 60 inches above a walking surface.
- Glazing in walls enclosing stairway landings including areas within 60 inches of the top and bottom of the stairs whenever the glazing is
less than 60 inches above the walking surface.
** There are a number of exceptions to the rules listed above because of the design and variety of doors, glazing products, and locations. If you have questions regarding a specific location for safety glazing, contact your local Inspections Division
- Safety Glazing In Or Adjacent To A Door
- Glazing in ingress and egress doors except jalousies.
- Glazing in storm doors.
- Glazing in fixed or operable panels adjacent to a door where the nearest exposed edge of the glazing is within a 24-inch arc or either vertical edge of the door in a closed position and where the bottom exposed edge of the glazing is less than 60 inches above the walking surface.
- Safety Glazing Adjacent To A Bath Tub Or In Tub Or Shower Enclosures
- Glazing in hot tubs, bathtubs, and whirlpools in any portion of a building wall enclosing these compartments, where the bottom exposed edge of the glazing is less than 60 inches above a standing surface and drain inlet.
Glazing in an individual fixed or operable panel that meets all of the following conditions:
- Exposed area of an individual pane greater than 9 square feet.
- Exposed bottom edge less than 18 inches above the floor.
- Exposed top edge greater than 36 inches above the floor.
- One or more walking surfaces within 36 inches horizontally of the plane of the glazing.
** There are certain situations that require safety glazing. Below is the “Minimum” standards set by the “International Residential Building Code”. If your state or local codes require more strict codes remember in any building code situation, the MOST STRINGENT CODE APPLIES.
When it comes to safety, these Codes are taken very seriously, and are strictly enforced by any law, punishable by heavy fines or imprisonment or both. Contradictory to any rumors you may hear that these codes do not apply to a “Remodeling” or “Existing” situation please be assured they do apply in “ANY” situation.
There have been many serious deaths and injuries before these codes were adopted. You need to think of it this way. Suppose you buy a house and the previous owner has replaced a window with non safety glass to save $60.00 and your child falls through causing serious injury or death. Wouldn’t you have rather it cost another 60 bucks? Or maybe you sell a house and someone falls through the glass causing serious injury or death, I think you then wish you paid the extra 60.00. Or maybe you just live alone and think it doesn’t matter. Later either you or your family decides to sell it and an accident happens. To sum it up it’s simply not worth the risk. The life saved could be your child.