StairwellBack in the 1970’s, when safety requirements for glazing were added to the building codes, most of the glass manufactured at the time was either impact-resistant or fire-resistant, but not both.  In the decades since, the codes have changed and so have the available glazing options.  This helps to ensure safety for building occupants while allowing much greater design flexibility.

But…are there disadvantages to fire-rated glass?  You may have heard some of these myths:

Myth #1: Fire-rated glass does not have the color and transparency of typical float glass 

Myth #2: Frames need to be bulky to support the added weight of fire-rated glass

Myth #3: Using fire-rated glass makes enhancing security more difficult 

A recent article from David Vermeulen, North America Sales Director for Technical Glass Products (TGP) does some myth busting…check it out here!

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