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Laminated Vs. Tempered Glass, Which Is A Better Choice For Your Car

You can’t undervalue the importance of a windshield and how crucial it is to change it before it starts to crack. Windshields aren’t just essential for keeping out wind and dust; they’re an essential safety precaution in accidents. If you have got a broken windshield, you are putting the safety of yourself and your loved ones at stake. However, most car owners get confused when selecting a glass type for their windshield. Take a look at the major differences between laminated and tempered auto-glass:

Laminated Glass

A thin layer of vinyl is compressed between two layers of glass to create laminated glass. This results in a thicker and more durable panel. As they are hard to crack or shatter, they are regarded as one of the safest types of glass. Laminated glass is used in the manufacturing of car windshields.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is a kind of safety glass that is toughened with the application of high thermal energy and chemical products. Tempered glass is four times more durable than normal glass; however, it is less durable than laminated auto-glass.

Manufacturing Process

One of the most prominent differences between the laminated and tempered glass is their manufacturing procedure. Two or more layers of glass are laminated together with a layer of adhesive like polyvinyl butyral (PVB). These glass layers and the interlayer together use superheated steam to make laminated glass. Tempered glass is made by hardening regular glass to make it stronger. When compared to laminated glass, this hardening method makes it stronger. Excess heat, high-pressure, and chemical processing techniques are commonly used in this method. Tempered glass, despite its robustness, cracks and shatters when struck by massive forces such as gunshots.

Cost: Which Is More Cost-Effective?

Another difference between the two types of auto-glass is the amount of cost. Laminated glass is more expensive than tempered glass due to the intricacy of the production process, heating and pressure treatment operations, including the chemicals used. A resin substance and glass panels are used in the manufacturing process. Tempered glass is more costly than standard glass; however, it’s less pricey than laminated glass.

Maintenance: Which Is Easier To Maintain?

Laminated glass requires less maintenance than tempered glass. Also, another important factor about laminated glass is that if it’s cracked or chipped, you can get it repaired. However, if tempered glass is damaged, it can’t be repaired; the only solution is to get it replaced.

Residential And Commercial Use

Laminated glass is recommended for commercial glass in terms of security. The additional layer of polyvinyl between the glass creates a difficult-to-break barrier, protecting your business from intruders and harsh weather. Tempered glass is an excellent choice for residential properties for bathtubs and shower panels. It’s simple to clean and often less expensive than laminated glass.

End All Your Auto Glass Worries

AAR Auto Glass provides all kinds of auto glass services in the Houston area. If you need to install new glass, repair the old one or get your windows tinted, we’ve got you covered. Call us now at (832) 303-0318.  

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