Since 1977, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has required the use of safety glass in both stationary & sliding sections of patio doors.
Our company installs safety glass whenever required by law. As members of the National Glass Association, our company subscribes fully to a professional Code of Ethics and will advise you against using any glass product not specifically designed and approved for the use in the application you contemplate.
Your safety, and the safety of your family, guests, and visitors is the responsibility we take very seriously.
Company Policy: Our employees are expressly forbidden to install glass which does not conform to safety in any patio door opening.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented 75,000 injuries involving sliding glass doors in the last 10 years. Lacerations and cuts were commonplace in doors without safety glass.
There are two main types of safety glass: tempered and laminated.
Tempered: is glass that is heat treated so that, if broken, it crumbles into hundreds of pebbles with rounded edges. Tempered glass must be marked with a "bug" or logo that identifies that piece of glass as safety glass. The "bug" may vary, but will always contain reference to the American National Standards Institute standard ANSI Z-97.1. Often the Consumer Product Safety Commission standard (16CFR-1201) is also included.
Two Examples of Tempered Glass "Bugs"
Laminated glass, unlike tempered glass, can be cut into sections and installed. Cutting laminated glass to size may result in the removal of identifying "bugs". Unless the glass is broken, the identification of laminated glass is difficult for the untrained eye.
Laminated glass consists of two pieces of glass with a middle layer of vinyl which is the heat and pressure treated. The vinyl layer keeps the glass intact when broken and prevents body parts from penetrating the glass pane.
If one panel of your patio door system has been shattered into sharp, dangerous pieces, the chances are good that all the panels are non-safety glass.
Federal law and all building codes require safety glass in all openings and adjacent panels of openings for human passage. Your glazing contractor is required by law , to replace all non-safety glass or the job will not meet code requirements.
For reasons of public safety and because our company rigidly adheres to the law, we refuse jobs if we are asked to use materials that do not conform to safety standards