On a large proportion of our dining room, living room and home office furniture including glass dining tables and kitchen tables you will see reference made to the product being made from ‘tempered glass’.
Tempered glass is often referred to as safety glass, whilst not completely shatter proof, it is much stronger than standard glass, able to withstand more pressure and less likely to break. The tempered glass on glass dining tables is achieved by using a certain heating and cooling technique, treated with chemicals, this enables the glass to obtain its extra strength.
When tempered glass does break, it does so in a different way to normal glass. Rather than break into large shards of glass with dangerously pointed edges, it breaks into smaller round pieces of glass, which is obviously safer for your family, especially young children who may be tempted to pick bits of glass up.
As you can see tempered glass is imperative when purchasing glass dining tables and other glass dining room furniture, it is also required by UK law, so dont make a purchase without checking first!