How to choose between laminated safety glass and tempered glass

How to choose between laminated safety glass and tempered glass

April 21, 2020

When choosing safety glass, whether it is decorative glass or functional glass, there are usually two choices: tempered glass or laminated glass. Both products are of the "safety glass material" type, which means that they are in compliance with current safety glass regulations, so they can be used indoors, satellites, railings and other places that may be considered dangerous.

Tempered Glass
Tempered glass is made by heating and cooling a standard piece of glass in a tempering furnace. Before placing the glass in the tempering furnace, it must be pre-cut and trimmed, then heated to approximately 1200 ° F, and then quickly cooled. This process is also called quenching. The quenching process hardens the glass, so its strength is about 4 to 5 times before the tempering process, so it is less likely to break. If it breaks, the tempered glass will break into small pieces and will not cause serious trauma.
Laminated Safety Glass
Laminated glass is basically a glass sandwich, made of two or more layers of glass with a vinyl sandwich in between (like the windshield of a car). The glass will tend to stay together, and if one of the glass boxes breaks, it can be used as a safety glass material. Another major advantage is that it can block 99% of UV transmission, has noise reduction properties, can be cut after lamination and can polish the edges. Some thicker multilayer safety glass can even be used as anti-theft and bulletproof glass.
Because laminated glass has better impact resistance than other types of glass, this is the glass used in modern windshields. The interlayer interlayer gives the glass structural integrity and avoids breaking like tempered glass. This is the key to effectively deploying the airbag and keeping the occupants in the car during a collision.

Tempered Glass VS Laminated Glass: how to choose the right one for your job
Therefore, for strength and breakage resistance, tempered glass is usually considered first. Considering flexibility, UV resistance, safety and sound considerations, laminated glass is usually the first choice. Both are considered safety glass materials and can be obtained in various thicknesses, colors or tones. When properly installed, both are easy to clean and maintain.

Generally, the price of laminated glass products is slightly higher than that of tempered glass of the same type and thickness. The optical clarity of laminated glass and tempered glass is excellent, no matter which product can provide you with satisfactory service for many years.