Glass breaks because of impact, stress, spontaneous breakage, or edge damage. Ordinarily, glass will break from impact and cause shards to fly regardless of type of glass. Impact breakage is very dangerous because it happens suddenly and the shards can fly in different directions and speed. Even the tiniest shard can cause serious injury and require an emergency visit to the hospital. The breakage from impact will depend on the size of the item that strikes it. If it’s a ball, the breakage will be minimal; the glass might just crack or be limited to a local area. However, during a hurricane, debris is of all sizes, shapes, and weight so glass damage is generally the entire window or glass door.
When professionals remove broken glass from impact breaks, they use tape to pick up the shards and follow a strict protocol and process that includes disposing of broken glass.
Should You Shift to Tempered Glass?
Tempered glass is often called safety glass. It is the type of glass that is highly recommended because it breaks into small pieces. Unfortunately, not all broken tempered glass is safe when broken on impact.
Tempered glass can sometimes clump together and edges can be abrasive, sharp and jagged. If these clumps of broken safety glass fly around during high winds in a storm, it can still be very dangerous to human life and safety.
So what is the Best Type of Glass?
The best type of window and glass door to invest in for your home is impact windows. These are made of safety glass that have been tested against strong winds and rain and follow the strict local government code on safety products. Although these windows are higher-priced than the ordinary glass windows and doors, the lifespan of these products is longer and comes with a better warranty.
Glass can also break during a storm because it is stressed prior to the storm. Stressed glass happens when the glass is heat-strengthened. The cracks will start from the edge and is caused by thermal changes. Most often stressed glass is from poor design which emphasizes the importance of experience in window glazing. For this reason, it is crucial to get your hurricane impact windows from a local supplier or a supplier who is knowledgeable of the local climate and can make adjustments to provide a perfect fit.