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What is laminated glass?

Laminated glass has the same strength as ordinary glass but it consists of two pieces of glass containing a sandwich of plastic interlayer. If the glass does get broken this interlayer holds the whole piece in place so there is no hole left in the window for an intruder to get in through for example or large free shards that can cut.

How do I know if I need to use safety glazing in my home

It should be used in low level glazing, glazing in and around doors, overhead and in large areas of glazing to prevent injury following accidental glass breakage.

What is the difference between laminated and toughened glass and which should I use?

Toughened glass is upto five times as strong as ordinary glass which means that it has to be hit much harder in order to break, also when it does break it is into lots of small pieces which are much less dangerous. Laminated glass has the same strength as ordinary glass but it consists of two pieces of glass with a sandwich of plastic interlayer. If the glass does get broken this interlayer holds the whole piece in place so there is no hole left in the window for an intruder to get in through for example or large free shards.

I have been told my windows are 'toughened for safety', how can I check this?

You need to look for the small stamp in the corner of the glass. This will give details of the standard the glass is designed to meet, the level it achieved and the supplier. If you cannot see the stamp or want to follow up to check it you should refer to your installer.