Monday 29th June, 2020
Temperatures in the UK have soared this month, with the hottest day of the year so far recorded when the mercury hit 32.6°C. As sweltering as that may seem, it is nothing compared to the 600°C heat applied in the manufacture of toughened glass to make it one of the most resilient and versatile glass products on the market, and ideal for use in the kitchen.
Heat is a fundamental part of the tempering process that results in toughened glass. To create this commercial glass giant, ordinary glass is passed through a furnace and heated to approximately 600°C. This temperature is sustained before cold jets of air are applied to cool the exterior of the glass. The compressive strain that this creates on the outside of the glass, combined with the tension on the inside, materially alters the physical properties of the glass and multiplies its strength by five.
This resilience to heat and inherent strength is what makes toughened glass a type of safety glass and ideal for use in commercial and domestic kitchens. Glass splashbacks are a popular use of toughened glass in the kitchen.
Kitchen glass splashbacks using toughened glass are heat resistant and easy to keep clean. Glass splashbacks can be cut to any size or shape but cutting must occur prior to the tempering process to ensure the integrity of the glass. At Tufwell Glass we use CNC (computer numerical control) technology for precision cutting and have our own dedicated glass tempering facility, enabling an efficient and quality-controlled glass production process.
Toughened glass partitions are a convenient way to manage your kitchen or dining space. Glass partitions are favoured in commercial dining areas, for example, in hospital or university cafeterias. In domestic settings, glass partitions can be a stylish way of organising open plan kitchen and dining spaces.
Toughened glass kitchen counter tops allow for personalisation without compromising on cost. As with all Tufwell’s toughened glass products, its glass kitchen counter tops can be coloured, frosted or printed; resulting in a personal finish that meets your design needs. The durability of toughened glass makes it a cost-effective choice whether used in a commercial or domestic setting.