Tempered glass is a type of safety glass that has been chemically strengthened to handle more impact. It’s used in many types of construction and home improvement projects, but can you cut tempered glass with a tile saw?
What Is The Use Of Tempered Glass?
Tempered glass is used in a variety of home improvement projects. It can be found in shower enclosures, bathroom walls, and even kitchen counters.
If you are doing any renovation or construction work around your house, it’s likely that you will encounter this type of glass at some point during the project. Cutting tempered glass with a tile saw is a common task, but it’s not always easy.
Tempered glass has been treated with chemicals that make the surface harder and less likely to break quickly. It also gives off a stronger reflection than regular window pane glass.
The chemical treatment process makes tempered glass much more difficult to cut using a traditional circular saw or even a hacksaw blade. These tools will often crack or chip the edge of the glass as you try to cut through it, which can be frustrating for contractors who are trying to do their job efficiently and effectively on time and within budget.
A tile saw with diamond-coated blades is an effective way around this problem because they have enough power behind them to complete the cutting project in one smooth pass down both sides of the glass.
How Can You Cut Tempered Glass With A Tile Saw?
Worry no more because we have a solution for you. In this post, we will teach you how to cut tempered glass with a tile saw as well as give tips on what to do and not do when cutting it.
First Step: Safety
Read the manual of your tile saw before using it. It is crucial that you know how to properly use your tile saw to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Second Step: Prepare the Glass
You have to prepare your glass for cutting. You should be able to identify what type of tempered glass you are dealing with by looking at its edges. If it has a smooth edge, you can use your tile saw on it even if there is already a crack on the surface or anywhere else.
But this will not apply if the other side has a jagged edge because delamination might occur and cause serious damage during the cutting process.
Always make sure that both sides of your tempered pane meet those criteria before trying to cut it as well as know how much pressure should be applied when clamping down each end onto the proper guides provided by either manufacturer or third party guide systems.
Third Step: Set Up Your Tile Saw
Make sure that all of your accessories are properly attached to the tile saw. You should then place the tempered glass on top of its appropriate guides and align it with the blade path, but make sure that there is enough space between each side so you can easily remove chips while cutting through the glass.
Be careful in placing your hands near moving parts when starting up your equipment or if any adjustments need to be made. It would also be best not to wear loose clothing during this process because they might get caught by one of these parts thus injuring yourself even more than just dealing with a piece of broken glass alone.
Fourth Step: Start Cutting!
Now turn on your tile saw, start applying pressure, and slowly move the glass forward and back depending on what you need.
You should cut with the glass facing up because this is how it was designed to be done by manufacturers for safety purposes and so that debris falls down instead of flying upwards towards yourself or anyone else in your surroundings. Continue applying even pressure while keeping both hands away from moving parts such as blades, gears, etc.
Lastly Step: Get a Professional!
If going through all of these steps seems too difficult or if there’s any chance of injury occurring, get a professional to do the job for you instead!
This way, you can ensure everything will go smoothly without worrying about anything since they know what they are doing and have experience handling tempered glass before. They are also equipped with the proper equipment needed when cutting tempered glass with a tile saw.
Now that you know how to cut tempered glass, there’s no need for you to worry about having an accident in your home or office when dealing with broken pieces of shattered glass from it ever again!
You can use this method at your own convenience and have peace of mind knowing that the job will get done perfectly without any issues whatsoever along the way.
Remember, safety first! Always make sure to read through all instructions before using a new machine so as not to cause damage due to a lack of knowledge on handling its parts properly. You can also read our posts about cutting ceramic tile with a circular saw and using a smaller blade on a circular saw.