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  • Low Iron Toughened Glass

Toughened and/or tempered glass are types of safety glass with increased strength both physically and thermally. Processed in our state of the art toughening plant and heated up to 680 degrees depending on the thickness the toughening will create ‘balanced internal stresses’ which would mean that if broken the glass would crumble into small, less harmful pieces as opposed to dangerous large shards. Such properties mean that toughened glass is suitable for use in Shower Doors, Conservatories, Table Tops, Balustrades etc...

The toughening process begins with a piece of float or annealed glass placed on a roller table at the beginning of the toughening plant, this is where the BSI Kite Mark Stamp is put onto the glass. The rollers will take the glass first through the furnace which heats the glass to above its annealing point and then moved onto the quench where it is rapidly cooled. Once both processes are complete the glass will be toughened... But bear in mind that any cutting, drilling or processing must be completed prior to the toughening process otherwise the glass will shatter.

The finished product will be 5 times stronger than float glass of the same thickness and will therefore have a greater resistance to thermal shock and stresses

Express Toughening is one of the leading glass tougheners, processors, laminators and painters in the South East of England. For all that you need in glass we can supply. Whether it be for a Toughened Glass Balustrade, Splashback, Shower Screen, Partition or Shelves our dedicated team will able to advise and assist you with the process. With the ability to deliver glass nationwide for one-off projects or daily deliveries we have the capabilities to supply a premium service. Our products include; Toughened Glass, Laminated Glass, Painted Glass and Fire Rated Glass. We also supply Glass fittings for Shower Screens, Partitions and Balustrades.
Express Toughening toughen circa 3750 pieces of glass per day ranging from 4mm upto 19mm and from clear to obscure in our state of the art toughening plant.  Toughened glass is produced by heating regular float glass after it has been cut to size and edged. Depending on the thickness of glass we heat the plant up to 680 degrees creating balanced internal stresses. The toughened glass if broken would crumble into small, less harmful pieces as opposed to dangerous shards. Such properties make the toughened glass suitable for use in Shower Doors, Conservatories, Table Tops, Balustrades etc...
We have two state of the art CNC (computer numerical cutting) machines that enable us to produce and polish bespoke pieces in bespoke shapes and sizes that wouldn’t be possible using traditional glass cutting and polishing methods. Whether it be a circle, oval or specialist template you require us to match we can produce this for you.
We have two glass polishing machines for that perfect straight line finish, any glass can be given a highly bright polished edge. We also have two drilling machines for any holes you require in glass.
We have a paint booth for painting glass for splashbacks, cladding, breakfast bars etc... We can match any Dulux, RAL, Pantone or British Standard colours. We can use low iron glass from 4mm – 19mm for extra clarity of colour. We can make socket cut outs and notches for any intricate shaping you require.
Our latest addition for all your bespoke decorative glasses is our laminating Kiln; whether it be a crackle tabletop or a toughened laminate balustrade we can manufacture these in-house. Crackle Glass is made by laminating 3 pieces together and then shattering the middle piece thus leaving the cracked ice effect sandwiched inside the other two pieces of glass. The interlayer we use is Bridgestone EVA (ethylene & vinyl acetate copolymer) this is fully waterproof and can therefore be used in outdoor applications such as glass flooring, balconies and balustrades.
Express Toughening; a one-stop shop for all your glass requirements.
-Toughened Glass Balustrades
-Toughened Glass Painted Splashbacks
-Toughened Glass Partitions
-Toughened Glass Shower Screens / Doors
-Toughened Glass Shelves
-Toughened Glass Table Tops
-Fire Rated Glass
-Toughened Laminate Glass