The Difference Between Tempered And Laminated Windshield Glass

When it comes to the glass used for windshields, there are two different types of glasses that are commonly used. Tempered glass and laminated glass are the two types of glass that are used for windshields. Both types of glass are break-resistant; however, they do have many differences that are important to understand.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is made by sticking two or more panes of glass together using a plastic-based adhesive. Laminated glass is made of alternating layers of glass and plastic. Laminated windshields are made from at least two panes of glass, although some laminated windshields contain more panes of glass. When laminated glass breaks, it doesn't shatter all over your vehicle. Instead, when laminated glass breaks, the broken pieces of glass stick to the layers of plastic that sandwich each piece of glass. In an accident situation, this helps prevent cuts and injuries due to broken glass.

Laminated glass is also popular for use in windshields because laminated glass can help block out UV radiation from your vehicle. Laminated glass also has some soundproofing qualities and can make your ride a little quieter. Additionally, the plastic inside of the glass can be tinted, allowing for a tinted windshield.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is another type of safety glass that is commonly used in windshields. Tempered glass is made by taking regular glass and heating the glass up using a combination of pure heat and chemicals. This heating process helps strengthen the glass, and makes the glass considerably stronger, without having to increase the size or thickness of the glass.

Tempered glass is popular for windshields because the glass is flexible. It can bend a considerable degree without breaking, which means it can provide you with a high degree of protection. When tempered glass breaks, it breaks into little tiny cubes instead of sharp shards. This helps protect the occupants inside of a vehicle in the event of a damaged windshield or accident. It may be messy when it breaks, but you shouldn't get harmed when a tempered windshield glass breaks. Additionally, tempered glass can withstand the force of really strong winds. So a strong wind storm with 60 m.p.h. gusts are unlikely to cause any damage to your windshield.

Both tempered glass and laminated glass are great safety-glass options for your windshield. Tempered glass is really flexible and wind-resistant, whereas laminated glass can protect you from ultraviolet radiation and can help provide you with a little quieter ride.

Visit your auto repair shop to learn more.