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Laminated Safety Glass vs. Tempered Safety Glass

Last updated 6 years ago

Both laminated and tempered safety glass are used in automotive windshield repairs. However, the different types of glass are specially designed to perform best in certain locations. Keep reading to learn the differences between laminated safety glass and tempered safety glass.

  • Laminated: Laminated safety glass is the most commonly used glass for auto glass repairs. This type of auto glass is actually constructed from multiple layers of glass and durable polyvinyl butyral (PVB) plastic. This ultra-thin film can adhere to glass exceptionally well and adds a flexible property to the windshield. Plus, laminated safety glass is strong enough to be used by banks as a bullet-resistant barrier—that means your laminated glass windshield provides reliable impact protection on the road. Laminated safety glass even cuts down on ultra violet (UV) ray and sound transmission, too. These perks help to maintain the looks and comfort of your entire vehicle interior.
  • Tempered: Unlike laminated safety glass, tempered glass panes are a single piece of solid glass. The glass is hardened through exposure to high heat and a fast-freezing tempering process. The process of tempering glass does more than simply strengthen the glass—tempered glass products are almost ten times more durable than their normal glass counterparts. This strength is part of the reason that tempered glass is used for safety applications. The tempering technique also ensures that the glass will break into harmless, rounded pebbles instead of jagged shards. This property makes tempered glass the best choice for vehicle side and back windows.

Choose Glass on the Move to replace your auto windshield with high-quality laminated and tempered glass. Our professional installation methods ensure your vehicle’s new glass is fit securely and permanently. Log on to our website or call us at (510) 338-4791 if you have more questions about our glass services. 


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