Is frosted glass same tough to break as a regular tempered glass?

Is frosted glass same tough to break as a regular glass?
Our regular tinted glass got broken into last night. I wonder if we should just order a frosted glass instead getting same regular tempered glass and then calling another crew to tint it again.

Would a frosted glass be same tempered and tough to break as a regular glass with tint?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Straight frosted glass is no stronger than clear glass.

You need Tempered glass as that is more break resistant.

You may need to have wire reinforced glass.  I see this and tempered.
Tiras25Author Commented:
Got it.  Thanks John.  So I guess a frosted glass cannot be tempered and therefore easier to break and not safe.  

Wired glass is a good idea.  Just not as pleasant looking.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Ask your local glass company. I think you can get frosted tempered glass.

Wired glass is a good idea.  Just not as pleasant looking.

I know, but it does work well.
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Of course frosted glass can be tempered, frosted is a surface finish, tempered is a heat treatment.
Use the "custom glass" option at to get a rough price.
Tiras25Author Commented:
Got it.  So it can be as strong as a regular tempered glass with laminated tint?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes it will have the same strength.

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Tiras25Author Commented:
Great.  Let's see the quote from the glass vendor then :)  Get back to you shortly.
KimputerIT ManagerCommented:
When asking for a quote, you have to clearly state you want a higher level of burglary prevention, otherwise they'll still be looking at "normal" glass. Tempered or not, a hammer has no problems at all.
If the quote is too expensive, invest under a hundred bucks in burglar resistant foil (applied on the inside).
Please note, ANY solution (bar a steel roller shutter or similar), will only slow down a burglar, a persistent one will ALWAYS get through. The burglar will calculate the extra time needed against the added risk and decide on that. The "convenience/opportunity" burglar will likely retreat sooner, than the planned/targeted one.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Another possibility is plexiglass. I am on a city bus and that is what they have at the exit door. Tempered Glass is good and Plexiglass is another alternative to consider
Tiras25Author Commented:
Good idea.  Thanks John.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Tempered glass is amazingly strong until it's scratched (q.v. Prince Rupert's Drops).  Then it'll shatter into a million tiny pieces.  It's also quite expensive because it must be produced in the size that it will be used; it can't be cut once it's been tempered.

Attempting to frost tempered glass would destroy the stress structures just under the surface which gives it the extra strength.

In the U.S., tempered glass is required in vehicles by law -- but only in the front windshield!

Wired glass looks tough but it is actually weaker than normal glass of the same thickness.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am seeing this on bus shelters as well. Strong , it does not shatter or crumble like glass
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
You might also want to consider a Lexan Window, which are very hard to break.

You can compare Lexan to Glass here:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you Tiras25 and good luck with your choice of glass / plexiglass
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
Thank you as well. Let us know what you finally decide.
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