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Tempered Or Regular Glass For Sliding Doors?

Discussion in 'General Construction' started by MERCOOP, Mar 14, 2015.


    MERCOOP New Member

    Hi Everyone, I am trying to find some info regarding the glass to use for sliding glass doors. I have searched through the posts and have determined that I am going to use 1/4" thick glass however I wasn't able to find info to help decide whether I should use regular glass or tempered glass. I am making a 4'x2'x1' terrarium with a divider for two leopard geckos. I was going to insert a plate of glass in the floor for the heat tape and use sliding glass doors. Each pane of glass would be 25.5"x10" The quote I received for regular glass was around $36 however the tempered glass was around $85. Is the tempered glass worth the extra expense or is it overkill? Thanks!!
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I have always used just regular 1/4 inch plate.
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  3. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    I too have always used regular (1/4inch) plate glass even in relatively large enclosures housing relatively large reptiles.
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    MERCOOP New Member

    Cheers guys! Great to hear! :)
  5. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    This is where insurance will cause a balance in price. If you ever try getting insurance with large panes of regular glass vs tempered large panes... You will see a big difference in premium. Last shop I worked in was dropped by insurance for having to many large panes of regular glass, equivalent of 1 display was to much, so the owners converted to tempered and plexi mix. Their rates where lower than before they got dropped.

    Things to consider...
  6. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    I just use plate. For smaller animals, it's generally fine.
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  7. Darkbird

    Darkbird Elite Member

    I guess I'm the oddball then, since I usually use and recommend tempered. Price difference isn't that bad in my area though, but it usually allows you to use thinner material, as in using 1/8" rather than 1/4", so the panels are lighter. With leos it would likely be overkill though, but I tend to over build sometimes.
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  8. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    I can get tempered fairly inexpensive so usually go that way when the doors are of significant size.
    However for a 10" high door I wouldn't bother.
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