The Benefits of Tempered Glass: Durability and Strength

A man holds tempered glass

For most of history, glass was simply glass. It looked nice but broke easily and into the jagged shards we all associate with it. It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that tempered or toughened glass was invented, providing people everywhere with a stronger solution for all applications of glass, and the manufacturing process wasn’t widely used until the twentieth century.

Nowadays, tempered glass is used all over the world, in homes, automobiles, commercial buildings, and much more.

What is tempered glass? What makes it better than conventional glass? Let’s dive into the details.

What is Tempered Glass?

Tempered glass is glass that has been toughened through thermal or chemical treatments. To be sure, tempered glass is not indestructible, but it is specially engineered to offer superior strength to the regular glass that would have been common for most of history. Nowadays, tempered glass is commonly used in a wide array of things from electronics to windows, shower enclosures, kitchen appliances, tabletops, and vehicles.

Tempered Glass is Used

The four elements of tempered glass that make it an ideal choice for everyday breakable objects like our telephones and glass stovetops are summed up in the following chant: It’s safer, tougher, scratch ‘n’ heat resistant.


While tempered glass is stronger than regular glass, it can still break if it falls or is hit with enough force. The benefit of tempered glass, however, is that it will break into rather harmless granular pieces rather than sharp shards that will be dangerous for you and your family.


Tempered glass offers four times the durability of regular glass, which means the chances of it breaking are greatly reduced. It can also withstand minor explosions, strong winds, and numerous direct bumps and blows, which is perfect for cell phones and more.

Scratch ‘n’ Heat Resistant

Tempering glass makes it thermally tough and scratch-resistant. Tempered glass is ideal for hot areas such as kitchens. The scratch resistance is great for high-traffic areas for homes, businesses, and restaurants of all kinds.

More Benefits

Tempering glass creates a clear, perfectly transparent glass that is ideal for windows and display cases. Tempered glass is also available in a variety of patterns, designs, frostings, and stains. This makes it a strong, beautiful choice for so many things, including front doors, office partitions, outdoor furniture, and railings.

Mandatory Uses of Tempered Glass

In some industries, the use of tempered glass is mandatory. Such is the case with automobile windows, shower doors, and safety railings.

Verrage Glass and Mirror Inc. is Your Source for Quality Tempered Glass

For over 30 years, residents and businesses have been turning in Woodbridge to Thornhill, Aurora, Vaughan, and across the GTA, to Verrage Glass and Mirror Inc. for all their commercial and residential tempered glass needs. Our glass combines safety, durability, and style. It is tempered in-house from 3mm to 19 mm. Contact us today to order or request an estimate on custom tempered glass.