Many home styles today are inspired by glass. Glass walls and large picture windows, as well as wall-to-wall French, sliding, and bi-fold doors, are very popular. However, the issue of safety, especially when it comes to fire, has been raised as it relates to glass. Does an abundance of glass make your home safer or riskier in the event of a fire?
The good news is that today’s glass is not flammable. It is actually a fire retardant that prevents fire and smoke from spreading, just like bricks only transparent. Glass has a special coating and undergoes certain strengthening processes that make it robust and fire-resistant. Fire-resistant glass types include wired glass, borosilicate glass, toughened glass, toughened glass with flame retardant coating, toughened glass with intumescent gel, and laminated glass with intumescent layers.
As long as the proper guidelines for designing and constructing glass buildings are followed and the right types of glass are installed in walls, doors, and windows, then glass does not pose an additional hazard if there is fire at home.