If you have glass sofa tables in your home, you likely appreciate how beautiful the glass is. All it takes is the smallest ray of sunshine to hit the glass and it is a glowing masterpiece that brightens up the whole room. However, there are threats that come with owning this type of furniture. You need to know the glass is safe. If you have newer glass sofa tables, you may be able to ask the manufacturer if they have used tempered glass. If not, or if they are older tables, you may want to put a glass replacement higher on your list of things to do.
While regular glass and tempered glass look alike, the differences in their function are major. If someone were to set a hot drink or plate down on regular glass it may break from the change in temperature. Not only will it break, but also pieces of it will go everywhere and it could hurt anyone nearby. On the other hand, tempered glass has been put through a detailed process of heating and cooling the glass to make it much stronger than regular glass. It can handle the changes in temperature as well as some pressure being put on it.
If you have children in the house, this is even more important. Even the best behaved of children will have moments when they are having fun, not paying attention and are running about with a toy in their hand. While they may have the best of intentions, it only takes a passing blow from a toy to send your glass sofa tables into thousands of sharp and deadly pieces. Tempered glass on the other hand can deal with a few bumps and bangs and bounce back without breaking.
No matter what shape of glass sofa tables you have, you should not have a problem getting tempered glass to replace the non tempered pieces. The real decision you will have to make is how thick to get the glass. It can come in thicknesses of a quarter inch up to almost an inch thick. Each has its pros and cons. The thinner glass is easier to break than the thicker, but also does not weigh as much. Thick glass can get very heavy very quickly. You will need to make sure the frames of the glass console tables can handle the extra weight if you want to purchase thicker glass.
The final thing to keep in mind when you are looking for tempered glass sofa tables, or a tempered glass replacement is just because you are looking for a particular kind of glass does not mean you have to lessen your options. There are plenty of tables with custom designs throughout them that are beautiful to look at while also able to handle the stresses you need them to deal with.
Once you make the switch you will notice that it takes a little more than a piece of cotton and Windex to keep your table looking beautiful while you also get to enjoy having piece of mind that it will stand fast in the line of duty.
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