It is well-known that life can be quite unpredictable. Everyone is concerned about the safety of homes and families. Bad weather conditions can cause trouble for homeowners. And modern auto and air traffic mean that the world is an increasingly noisy place.
Laminated glass application can help to solve a number of problems, providing new buildings with the necessary level of safety and comfort.
Laminated glass is made up from a specialty technique known as a laminate. This is where two (or more) panes of glass are bonded together with one (or more) interlayer of tough plastic polymer. The structural bonding of these materials is brought about through the applied effects of both heat and pressure. And once the glass is manufactured, all the layers react together as if they were a single piece.
Laminated glass possesses a wide range of advantages. Among the most important ones is its high safety level. Ordinary annealed glass breaks easily. Tempered glass, while stronger, shatters under a greater impact. But laminated glass is different. If laminated glass is broken, the vinyl interlayer remains in the frame, with glass fragments adhering to the interlayer. This provides a strong barrier against forced entry and cannot be cut from one side only.
There are other benefits of laminate windows to the homeowner as well. These include better protection against UV rays from the sun which fade furnishings and other materials. Single pane clear glass allows most of the UV and visible energy to come through into the room, offering very little protection. On the other hand, laminated glass can block over 95% of the UV energy while allowing most of the visible light through.
And laminated windows can also help to decrease the level of noise, especially when the laminated glass is part of a double-pane or triple-pane insulating glass unit.
It is possible to achieve virtually any combination of features in laminated glass by using different glasses, like tinted, tempered, patterned, Low E glass.