What Is Laminated Glass And Why Should You Use It In Car Windshields?

Posted on: 19 December 2018

There are all kinds of glass, and the glass that you find in your windshield is going to be different from the glass that you have in the windows in your house. So, what makes it different? For one thing, it's laminated. But what does that mean?

Laminated Glass

The glass that makes up your windshield is already toughened, which means it's has gone through chemical or heating processes that have made it stronger, less prone to breakage, and more resistant to stresses. But then, on top of that, it is laminated so that it's even stronger. The laminating process takes two or more pieces of glass and puts them together with a special adhesive or a resin. Basically, it's like a sandwich with the glass as the bread. There are a lot of reasons why your windshield is made out of laminated glass. 


The biggest reason that windshields are made out of laminated glass is that makes them safer. The lamination makes it so that if something happens to the glass and one pane of it breaks, the other piece won't break, so all the broken pieces of the windshield are going to stay stuck together and not fall on you. The fact that only one pane of the glass should break and that the pieces of the broken pane will stay as part of the whole will also help your windshield maintain at least some of its structural integrity if it is broken. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't immediately go get it repaired or replaced if your windshield gets chipped or cracked, but it will help stay strong until you get it fixed. 


Laminating the glass that is going to go into your windshield also makes it stronger. Even though the glass has already been strengthened, doubling it up with the resin or adhesive in between the two layers of glass makes the window even stronger, which will help it to resist getting dinged, cracked, or chipped. Think of it like two pieces of cardboard that have been glued together. You may be able to tear one piece of cardboard, but when it has been doubled up with another piece, it becomes much harder to tear. 

Your car's windshield is an integral part of your car's safety system. Because of that, you want to make sure you contact a windshield repair company to come and deal with your windshield as soon as possible if it incurs any damage.