The side windows and rear windshield of a car are made of tempered glass. This type of glass is extremely strong and is manufactured by rapidly heating it to more than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and then rapidly cooling it to room temperature. There are two main types of glass used when building cars: laminated glass and tempered glass. The glass generally used for the front and rear door windows and the rear window are made of tempered glass, while the windshield is made of laminated glass.
Laminated glass is used in vehicles for safety reasons. It holds two pieces of glass together, with a thin layer of plastic between them. When the laminated glass breaks, the main piece remains intact and the broken piece falls off, preventing people inside or outside the vehicle from being injured by flying glass fragments. The quality of automotive glasses is quite different from the ones you have on the windows of your house.
The technology used in the manufacture of glasses varies from one type of glass to another. An important difference between car or windshield glass and other glass is that the former is shatter proof. This means that the glass will have no sharp parts, if the vehicle collides or collides with another vehicle in a traffic accident. This tempering process induces a compressive stress on the surface of the glass and gives it strength and durability far beyond normal glass. In addition, laminated glass can be repaired, but tempered glass breaks completely in an accident and requires a complete replacement.
In addition, tempered glass has more strength than laminated glass and is therefore less susceptible to breakage by stones or debris. Automotive glass is also designed to be resistant to dust, dirt and impacts to prevent annoying particles from sticking to the glass and distorting the driver's line of sight. In 1903, French chemist Edouard Benedictus discovered the secret of shatter-resistant automotive glass when he dropped a glass jar filled with a dry collodion film. This type of automotive glass plays an important role, allowing drivers to take a quick look at the road so that they can accelerate, change lanes or take turns with precision. At the time of purchase, you can directly ask the manufacturer or supplier about the type of automotive glass you have. When it comes to replacement glasses, this means that they were manufactured by the same manufacturer as the original glasses. Allstar Glass Corporation, proudly serving the greater Houston area since 1990, provides automotive glass services, including windshield repair, replacement or tinting, at prices you can afford.