The techniques for glass manufacturing or glass repair have evolved significantly since it was used for the first time in 3500 BC. The advancement in technology today has enabled the creation of a wide range of glass that you can choose to fit your specified needs.

One thing our glass experts get asked the most is to describe the difference between regular, standard glass and tempered, laminated glass. The difference can be understood by looking at the different manufacturing procedures of the two glasses.

The tempered and the regular glass are manufactured with the same materials. The glass panes are made up of limestone, sand, soda ash, and recycled materials. These glass panes are what we place in our window and door frames.

The prime difference between the two is how the two glasses are made. This will also help you decide which one would suit your residential or commercial needs better.


Regular Glass

Regular glass is made by using a heating technique. This technique allows the glass to cool down very quickly as it softens, allowing rapid production of the glass in a shorter time for the manufacturer. Regular glass is also the preferred choice for manufacturers because they can rework it according to their needs.

This means that customizations like reshaping, drilling, and polishing edges are possible without shattering or breaking the standard glass. The disadvantage is that the glass is substantially more fragile due to the rapid heating process.


Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is four times more powerful than standard glass. This is because, during its production, the glass goes through an additional process compared to the standard glass. The glass is passed through a high temperature and then left aside to cool down slowly, using air pressure.

This helps give the glass strength and makes it sturdier for more safety. Tempered glass can’t be reworked like regular glass. This means manufacturers can’t cut, drill, reshape, or polish it.


Key Differences between Tempered and Regular Glass

Following are some of the most prominent differences between tempered and regular glass:

  • Tempered glass breaks into small harmless pieces. Whereas regular glass may break into irregular shards that threaten people’s safety.
  • Tempered glass is stronger than regular glass.
  • Tempered glass is sturdy and scratch-resistant. In contrast, regular glass is soft and prone to scratches and damages.
  • Visually, tempered glass is smooth on the edges and may appear seamless. In comparison, standard glass looks rough from the corners due to the rework procedures.
  • Tempered glass is best used in cars, doors, and bathrooms. Standard glass is ideal for shelves, photo frames, and tabletops.


a glass being produced through the heating process


Get a Glass Replacement Quote

Crystal Glass is a glass manufacturing company and an auto glass shop in Edmonton that offers glass repair and glass replacement solutions for all residential and commercial units.

We’re experts in auto glass repair. So, whether you need tempered or regular glass or any other customization in Edmonton or Calgary, we’re ready to help.

Contact us today and learn more about our offerings and services.