Laminated glass and tempered glass are the two main types of glass used in vehicles today. Laminated glass is composed of two separate sheets of glass that are glued together with PVB (polyvinyl butyral) and then melted at high temperatures. It is the most common type of glass used in cars, as it is used for both the windshield and the front and rear door windows. Tempered glass, on the other hand, is widely used in car doors or windows, as well as rear windshields due to its cost-effectiveness.
Laminated glass provides an incredibly strong and durable automotive glass that won't break in the event of an accident. The PVB interlayer acts as a cushion and prevents passengers from getting fired from the car in the event of a head-on collision. It can also be repaired, while tempered glass breaks completely and requires a complete replacement. Tempered glass is manufactured as a single layer product, treated by a rapid heating and cooling process.
This tempering process induces compressive stress on the surface of the glass and gives it strength and durability far beyond normal glass. It also changes the glass so that, if broken, it breaks into small pieces of glass that do not have extremely sharp edges. Automotive glass is also used for sunroofs; they are designed to be UV-resistant to help passengers enjoy natural light without harmful UV rays. In addition, automotive glass is 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.When it comes to replacing automotive glass, it is important to use the same manufacturer as the original glass.
Allstar Glass Corporation provides automotive glass services, including windshield repair, replacement or tinting, at affordable prices.