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Homemade un-breakable glass??? Answered

ok, so there's a hurricane coming, and my friend said he's taping his windows. so i'm like: wtf is taping your windows? and he says covering your windows in tape makes them more durable to shattering, if you use masking tape. Masking tape? he said it was some trick that was very well known... he called me an idiot... i got all confused why he expected me to know... i argued why i should know, then he hung up, and got all pissed at me for some wierd reason...

so i just need to know: what's the deal with this trick i've never heard of?


I live in FL...we get a lot of hurricanes. Taping windows is a safety measure that people to take to stop glass from shattering if it breaks. The idea is to hold the pieces together. Also, duct tape is what is generally used, i'm not sure if that's a coincidence or if masking tape doesn't work. That being said:

  • We've never had a window break
  • People who do tape their windows either never take it off (it's a HUGE pain) or spend hours cleaning off the residue.
  • If there is enough debris flying, you shouldn't be near the windows anyways
  • You'll still have to pay to fix the window.

Covering windows with plywood is a better idea, but it takes much longer to put up, something that deters many people. We don't do anything; the time and money that it would take to put up plywood isn't worth it to us for the price of a window.

Ideally, you could install some sort of latching system that allows just sliding/snapping boards into place for quick put up and take down.

he said "it wouldn't break", which is why i got confused... then i called my other friend... "it's just to help with the mess" i don't see the point of wasting your time taping it, if it will still break...

Well, it helps, as was said, with cleanup, but also, if people are still in the house, it cuts down flying glass. Since it shatters but stays putif the tape is strong enough one merely removes the window are replaces it, rather then cleaning it up form all over the room (and possibly getting cut by that cleanup).

Automobile windows are like that, with a thin sheet of very durable plastic substance between two layers of glass.......it breaks, but is not supposed to shatter.

oh, yeah, that's also how hurricane windows are made, there's just the same material as soda bottles over them...
OH, wait, isn't it plastic over glass?

Anyways, if it's the case that the window doesn't break, you might have a bunch of sticky stuff on your window... shouldn't you be out of the way in the first place? and also wear gloves?

Well, over, inside, it serves the same purpose really, to keep the glass from flying about....and if the window doesn't break? Well, instead of tape, maybe use that plastic insulation material, that also helps keep cold or heat outside. :-)

oooohhh, but if the plastic is outside, the glass can't move, right?

It may flex far enough to break, but not fly around, unless you are talking about a very rigid plastic ?

well, soda bottles are made of fairly strong plastic, but i mean if it's held in place by plastic, then the glass will crack, but still hold out debris...

Tape does not stop the glass breaking, it just makes it stronger. But if the glass does break, the glass does not shatter and make a heck of a mess, it would still stick to the tape, therefore, easy clean up.

yeah, but eh, i don't care, a broken window is a broken window...

glass is flexible a little bit and can bend. to see push against a window and see the reflection in it deform if it gets more support then the same force makes it bend less and its less likely to break however the tape is way more flexible than the glass so i dont think it can do anything except holding together a broken window. and i'd use duct or packaging tape not masking tape something more to consider - the tape does not prevent the entire piece of glass from getting out of the frame. pieces of broken glass (of any size) are sharp blades which can fly in the wind. if the hurricane is expected to be strong i'd take out the window frames and close the hole with something more durable

eh, never mind, he was just talking wierd... he said it "wouldn't break", which is why i got confused... thanks for the comment though...

It keeps it from shattering and falling down. The window is ruined, but at least its blocking the hole

And also that way you don't end up stepping on it either.

Yeah, cleanup is just cutting the edges and putting it in a dumpster

Well, to make tempered glass, you laminate it using something almost like clear packing tape. So this could work, but it wouldn't be as effective as a piece of acrylic.

he said it would stop it from shattering, not breaking... his mistake... thanks for the info!