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What are the code requirements for safety tempered glass for doors?
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Doors are considered a "hazardous location” for the purpose of where safety/tempered glass is required in a home, and all door glazing is required to be safety/tempered with only two exceptions: a glass panel so small that a 3” ball cannot go through it or if the glass is categorized as decorative. All standard French doors would not pass the 3” ball test and must be safety/tempered.
It makes sense because doors are in the center of the traffic path and often get both slammed and banged into. Here’s the citation from the 2017 Residential Edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) is similar.
A definition for decorative glass is also provided by the code.
The entry door shown above is an example of the decorative glass exemption. Code for when safety/tempered glass is necessary for windows is not as straight-forward, and you can read about it at our blog post Where is safety/tempered glass required for the windows of a house? And for links to all of our articles about safety glass, go to
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