Laminated Glass

laminated glass

Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that is highly versatile and can be utilised in a variety of applications including windows, doors and tabletops.
It consists of two pieces of glass joined by a polyvinyl butryal interlayer.
Since the glass is adhered to the interlayer, it does not shatter into dangerous shards so is considered a safer option than regular float glass.
Laminated glass has the appearance of a single pane of glass and is practically indistinguishable from regular glass.

Uses for Laminated Glass

In addition to it’s use on doors and windows, laminated glass is often utilised in the construction of glass railings, glass floors, skylights, roofs, awnings, curtain walls, and glass facades, among other applications.
Laminated glass is ideal for the glass awnings in commercial buildings because it remains unbroken when damaged.
Laminated glass can be utilised in hotels, airport terminals, and recording studios because of its noise-insulating capabilities.

Laminated Glass Benefits

  • Energy Efficiency:  glass can assist reduce heat input from the sun, allowing for less frequent usage of air conditioning and lower emissions.
  • Noise Insulation: Noise pollution is reduced when a thick piece of laminated glass is installed because sound waves are disrupted as they pass through the material.
  • Increased Safety: Because the glass does not shatter when broken, shards of glass are less likely to hurt or injure people.
  • Protection from the Elements: When natural catastrophes or volatile weather strike, laminated glass will stay in its frame, minimising the likelihood of accidents and making a life-threatening scenario significantly safer.
  • Range of Designs: Laminated glazing comes in a variety of colours, tints, and tones, and it can be either straight or curved for a more varied look.

Laminated Glass Disadvantages

  • It’s Expensive: Laminated glass costs $200 to $400 per square metre which makes it twice or three times as much as toughened glass and six times as much as regular annealed glass.
  • Hard to Break in an Emergency: Laminated glass is extremely durable which makes it a great deterrent against break in’s, but this works against it in cases of emergency where you need to break the glass to create an escape route.
  • Prone to Water Damage: Over time, exposure to the elements could cause deterioration of the seals which leads water to get inside the PVB layer
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David Chahine

David Chahine

David has over 5 years experience providing glass repair and replacement and is also the owner of Primal Glass Replacement