When developing our COVID-19 Glass Shields we carried out some research to determine the best materials to use, Tempered glass or Plexiglass?
Our research considered safety, effectiveness, durability, and maintenance and cleaning of our final product.
Our findings were, whilst both materials could be used to produce a screen to provide a barrier between people to prevent the airborne droplets infecting another person, glass definitely has the edge!
A common misconception is that glass isn’t as safe as plastic. The glass used to create all of our desk, counter, and freestanding protection screens is high quality toughened safety glass in compliance with BS EN12150-01-2015. It’s shatterproof, it doesn’t scratch easily, it’s durable and it’s easy to clean, and whilst it has the edge over plastic you certainly don’t need to worry about sharps edges. The anti-bacterial glass we use is specially coated with EnduroShield, a non-stick barrier resistant to corrosion, etching, and staining. Glass also offers better visibility over Perspex and Plastic Screens.
Plexiglass is less durable, less transparent, is prone to chips and scratches, and will become dull and hazy with the frequent cleaning required during the times of a virus pandemic.
Studies have shown that COVID-19 lives for a shorter time on glass than on plastic surfaces.
The biggest advantage of glass over plastic protective screens is they just look so much better!