When it comes to the latest and greatest news regarding your Las Vegas auto glass needs, Clear Quality Auto Glass works hard to stay informed. For instance, do you know the difference between a laminated glass windshield and a tempered glass windshield?

Laminated glass actually includes an extra layer of plastic embedded between two other two layers of glass. This allows the laminated glass to remain intact in the event of an accident.

While tempered glass is more sturdy than laminated glass, tempered glass shatters completely upon impact into small, cube-like pieces that fall to the ground. This means that, without the extra layer of plastic in between the glass, the tempered glass cannot hold its shape and provides no protection against passenger ejection. Statics show that ejected passengers are more likely to die than those who remain in the car.

The idea behind laminated glass is that, in the case where a passenger’s seatbelt does not to work or the passenger is not wearing a seatbelt, that person still has a chance to remain in the car because of the way the laminate holds together, which is not the case with tempered glass.

Laminate windows are more costly than tempered windows because of their manufacturing process that includes that extra layer of poly-vinyl butyral (PVB).  

For decades, car manufacturers couldn’t decide whether or not to use laminated glass for all of the other windows found on a vehicle. However, because tempered glass is less expensive, they chose this. Their thinking also included the fact that, in the event of an accident where water submersion was a factor, tempered windows would allow a person to escape, which would not be the case with a laminate window. Tempered windows would also be useful if a child accidentally became locked in a car, and tempered glass would also prove to be more stable during a roll over. However, the down side was that burglars were likely to know this fact and gain access to items in a car more easily.  

After all was said and done, in the end, most cars today use laminate glass for their windshield and in all other windows of a car. You will still want to ask what kind of windows your car has, just so you know.

When it comes to all your Las Vegas auto glass needs, call Clear Quality Auto Glass today.

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