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You are here: Home > Frequently Asked Questions > I hear that tempered glass is harder than regular glass. Does this mean that I should look for tempered glass tiles? Should glass tiles used on the floor be tempered?
Glass tiles are not tempered, for good reason. First, some background information: tempered glass is a type of toughened glass that has been heated above 600 įC, then rapidly cooled with forced air. This process causes the outside of the glass to become brittle. On impact, the glass will shatter into small pieces and crumble.

As a result, tempered glass canít be cut or trimmed. It is cut to size before it is tempered; it canít be re-worked. This makes it unsuitable for tiles, as it can't be fitted to various site conditions.

Glass floor tiles are bonded to solid surfaces, which means that violent follow through is impossible. What is more, the bonding agents that the tile is set enables glass pieces to stick together.
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