Safety glass, a replacement for standard glass (the kind you see in house windows), is designed to deliver better security features and lower the chance of injury among automobile drivers and passengers. Since its development during the twentieth century, from experiments involving celluloid polymers and adhesives, safety glass has become popular among commercial, industrial, and household fields.
There are generally three types of safety glass and include tempered, laminated, and armed glass. Laminated glass offers protective elements during instances involving potential human impact, which is why they are common materials for vehicle windshields. However, the type of safety glass is also applicable for extra security in house windows or balconies, aircraft windshields, bank teller booths, and tank viewing windows.
The Future of Laminated Automobile Glass
Laminated automotive glass dominated the market during 2015, raking in a total market revenue share of 49.8%. Market studies also project laminated glass to continue to grow until 2025. The main factors that point to its potential growth are its easy reparability and high safety features compared to other products. Thus, it’s safe to say that the type of glass will continue to be a popular choice as windshields for cars and other vehicles.
Application Insights for Laminated Automobile Glass
Laminated automobile windshields are generally more costly to manufacture than tempered ones. Laminated glass, however, continues to evolve with emerging new technologies designed to improve the experience of vehicle owners and drivers. This development alone will boost the application of laminated glass in the next decade.
Side windows, for example, are already experiencing rapid growth in demand, which is all thanks to the popularity of laminated glass as a material for the windows. As the automobile industry focuses more and more on safety and the quality of vehicles, it will result in an even bigger reliance on laminated glass windows.
Laminated Side Windows versus Tempered Side Window
Laminated glass is much more difficult to break through than tempered glass, and it all has to do with its composition. Tempered glass undergoes heat treatment to create a hardened surface that’s stronger than ordinary glass. However, the glass will instantly shatter into thousands of small fragments once you hit it with enough force.
On the other hand, laminated glass won’t break into pieces with the same force because of its construction – it’s a glass sandwich where two pieces of glass are held together by a middle layer of polyvinyl. This plastic interlayer prevents the glass from breaking, making it difficult to punch through.
Does Your Car Have Laminated Side Windows?
Knowing whether your vehicle has laminated side windows is often relatively easy. Find the bug, a tiny stamp, usually located at the lower corner of the glass. It’s permanently silk-screened into the glass and features a list of relevant information about the product, including its manufacturer, codes that refer to the glass, and either the word “laminated” or “tempered.”
Another easy way of identifying laminated or tempered glass is by rolling down your car’s window halfway and inspecting the top edge of the glass. A laminated side window is a sandwich of two glass sheets with an interlayer in the middle. You can typically spot this layering along the edge. If it doesn’t have an interlayer in the middle, it means that it’s tempered glass.