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Applications of Different Types of Auto and Heavy Equipment Glass

Last updated 6 years ago

Windshields and other types of protective glass are crucial to the safety of nearly all vehicles and heavy equipment. While there are many similarities in the structure and needs of auto and heavy equipment glass, there are also many distinct differences, often tailored to the requirements of specific industries or uses. Here is a brief look at the uses of different glass types: 


Windshields in modern cars use laminated safety glass. This strong and secure material is made by pressing a thin sheet of polyvinyl butyral between two sheets of glass. Once the windshield is pressed and shaped, it is fitted to a vehicle where it can withstand great impact forces and remain intact. One of the benefits of laminated safety glass is its ability to keep people in the car during a collision and direct the deployment of airbags. 

Side and Rear Windows

The side windows (called sidelites) and rear window, or backlite, of a car are made from another variety of strengthened glass. Tempered glass, made by rapidly heating and cooling a sheet of auto glass, is used to make rigid and resilient windows for cars, boats, and other vehicles. Because of the tempering process, when the glass is struck, it will shatter into small pieces without sharp edges. Tempered glass cannot be cut or shaped like laminated glass, and so must be ordered to size. 

Heavy Equipment Glass

Heavy equipment and construction vehicles also need protective glass. This type of glass is often made to different standards from auto glass, as dictated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The glass used for commercial purposes is often made from thick, flat sheets of safety glass, and is designed to provide protection from a wide range of hazards. 

If your car, truck, or heavy machine is in need of glass replacement, call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791 and set up an appointment. We provide excellent repairs or replacements right at your location in Oakland, Berkeley, or Hayward. 



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