The owners of the window above were not happy to find this scene after arriving at their office recently. C&V Kansas Doors PROS were ready to come to the rescue with some great window glass options. ProVia has window glass options that make it more difficult for criminals to get through without injury or at least a really difficult time! With the laminated or wire mesh glass selections you will have a hard time deciding which glass to choose…laminated or wire mesh!
To help you decide which glass is right for you, here’s a little info we found on these types of glass on Wikipedia:
Laminated glass is composed layers of glass and plastic held together by an interlayer. When laminated glass is broken, it is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between its two or more layers of glass, which crumble into small pieces. The interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its toughening prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces. This produces a characteristic “spider web” cracking pattern (radial and concentric cracks) when the impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass.
Wire mesh glass (also known as Georgian Wired Glass) has a grid or mesh of thin metal wire embedded within the glass. Wire mesh glass is still utilized in the US for its fire-resistant abilities, and is well-rated to withstand both heat and hose streams. This is why wired glass exclusively is used on service elevators to prevent fire ingress to the shaft, and also why it is commonly found in institutional settings which are often well-protected and partitioned against fire.The wire prevents the glass from falling out of the frame even if it cracks under thermal stress, and is far more heat-resistant than a laminating material.
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