Wire glass windows have become more common in places like schools, hotels, and business. The way it works is a wire mesh is laid into the glass to prevent it from shattering all over the room in the event of a fire.
When Not to Install It
Most people assume that the incorporation of wire into the glass makes it stronger, which is actually not true at all. In fact, the wire in the glass actually weakens it, and makes it more susceptible to breaking. What it actually does is it keeps the breakage contained to one area. It will keep glass from flying throughout the room, which is why it’s used in schools, and under extreme temperatures, it can hold the glass in place.
Where to Install It
Good places to install wire glass are those areas of buildings that are easy escape routes in case of fire. This way, the fire doesn’t have as much of a chance of blocking those exit routes. Stairwells and hallways that lead to emergency exits are the best places to install.
Fire-Rated Glass – The Alternative
Wire glass windows aren’t attractive, which is why you don’t see many of them in residential buildings. Fortunately, for fire-concerned homeowners, technology has provided fire-rated glass, which forgoes the wire mesh completely, and can withstand temperatures of over a thousand degrees. If fire safety is a concern of yours, this type of glass is a great investment. It provides the insulation benefits and aesthetic appeal of other windows, but with that extra piece of mind of fire protection.
Talk to a Pro
If you're interested in installing wire or fire rated glass in your home, you’ll need to talk to a security or fire protection contractor. Seek out a windows contractor with experience in the sale and installation of wire mesh or fire-rated window so you can install them as soon as possible.