In the glass industry, laminated glass is held in very high regard. It is an extremely important type of glass which finds numerous applications due to its properties and benefits. In the field of architecture and automobiles, laminated glass is used almost everywhere: windows, doors, facades, table-tops, bathrooms, meeting rooms, partitions, cabins, car windscreen, etc.
For the uninitiated, laminated glass is manufactured by sandwiching a plastic interlayer, usually polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between two or more glass panes. This layer acts like a glue and a buffer zone which provides the glass with many highly beneficial properties like impact resistance, acoustic insulation, temperature control, etc. One very important property of laminated glass is that, if at all it does break, it does not shatter like ordinary glass or tempered glass. The glass sheets crack but do not separate as they remain stuck to the plastic interlayer.
Depending upon their usage and functionality, there are many different types of laminated glass available in the market. Here are the three of them:
1.Laminated Glass for Noise Cancellation
It has become increasingly essential for the interior atmosphere of any building, whether it be a home or an office, to be harmonious and peaceful. This means that all the unwanted external noise and disturbances that might affect people inside need to be eliminated.
In such a scenario, laminated glass varieties that are specifically built to cancel out external noise, such as AIS AcousticglasTM, should be incorporated in the building architecture. This type of glass has a PVB interlayer that dampens sound by up to 90%, and is ideal for not only the building exterior, but the partitions, cabins and meeting rooms inside as well.
2.Laminated Glass for Security & Safety
The primary use for laminated glass comes in the form of reinforcing the safety and security of a building and its interiors. In the architectural segment, high grade specialized laminated glass is used so as to provide not only protection against heavy impact and damage, but also forced entry and intrusion.
Most of these glass types don’t even require grills or shutters, and can be combined with multi-locking systems to safeguard your home, office or retail store. Additionally, laminated safety glass is also highly durable and provides high light transmission as well. Some laminated glass varieties, like the AIS SecurityplusTM with Dupont Sentry interlayer, are five times stronger than ordinary laminated glass.
3.Laminated Glass for Automotive Windshields
Cars are incomplete without laminated glass. In order to deliver a high performance glass in the windshield needs to be laminated. This is because windshields are the most prone to accidental damage, which makes the driver and side-passenger vulnerable to critical injury.
Since laminated glass doesn’t shatter in to sharp pieces and is highly impact resistant, it is preferred in the windscreen. Other value-added laminated glass products are also available for automobiles, such as solar control glass, infrared-cut windshields and PET windshield.