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There are a number of reasons why homeowners choose to incorporate internal glass doors in their homes – they’re useful for getting natural sunlight into rooms that are a little on the dark side and they help to make the space feel connected whilst keeping the rooms separate. If someone, such as a child, were to collide with the door, however, a serious accident could ensue. This is why it’s important to understand the safety requirements.
It is a legal requirement that these doors be fitted with Grade A safety glass. This reduces the risk of injury, as it’s much harder to break and won’t fracture into dangerous shards if broken. There are actually a few different types available for internal glass doors – when having the panel designed, it’s important that you settle on which one will best meet the needs of your home. We’ve outlined your options in more detail below.
The high strength and unique design of this glass prevents it from fracturing into large shards when broken. It is actually made from two or more panes that have been bonded together using a flexible interlayer; this holds the shards into place in the event of breakage. The interlayer will also diminish the effect of UV rays entering the home, but it won’t affect the transparency of the opening.
This glass is four to five times stronger than ordinary panes of the same thickness. It is heat treated in a furnace to induce internal stresses, which provide it with its strength. If broken, these panes will fracture into small blunt pieces, reducing the likelihood that they will cut. It is a popular choice because it’s cheaper than laminated products, but it is less effective for security as the opening can shatter.
The third option is to add a window film to regular glass; there are a variety of products available, including those for UV protection through to those for safety. In terms of safety, the films work similarly to laminated panes – they hold fractured pieces together in the case of a breakage. It should, however, be noted that there are restrictions on using films – they depend on the size of the pane and its thickness.
If your door has quite a large glass surface area, additional precautions may need to be taken. This is because large panes have been known to cause injury when people have mistaken them for being open – under certain lighting conditions, the glass can appear invisible. If there is a chance that the barrier may not be seen properly, you should consider the addition of decorative treatments (such as opacity or patterns), colonial bars and transoms.
We hope that the information provided in this article has helped you to understand the safety requirements associated with the installation of internal glass doors in your home. Whilst some homeowners will decide that there is too much effort involved and opt for a solid door instead, others have realised that the legal and safety requirements are really not that difficult to abide by. If you require assistance, do not hesitate to speak with an expert.