What is laminated safety glass?
Traditional safety glass is used in a range of applications around the home and office. Patio furniture, shower doors and shop fronts all use safety glass. It’s used to provide a more hard-wearing and break resistant option.
Tempered glass is made using heat to strengthen the glass. It’s incredibly strong, has more ability to bend with strong winds and when it does break, it shatters into many tiny cubes of glass rather than long sharp shards.
Thermalam Custom Laminated glass is made by joining two or more panes of glass together using a layer of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA). This means that if the glass does break, it sticks to the EVA, not falling on the floor. It’s commonly used in windscreens, skylights, glass floors and facades.
What are the benefits of laminated glass?
There are a variety of situations where laminated glass is superior to tempered glass. It’s far better for security, as that EVA layer means that there’s a barrier that is difficult to breach.
It’s great in the home as it’s less likely to cause harm to any children or animals around. Because the glass sticks to the EVA, it has less cleanup.
Acoustic laminated glass offers the very highest levels of noise insulation. It reflects the noise back towards the source and absorbs the noise energy within the glass. Some laminated glass can reduce sound levels by up to 50 decibels.
Energy efficiency and thermal control
The thicker glass and layering means that the laminated glass is an excellent thermal insulator and can help your home to be more energy efficient.
Laminated glass helps to reduce the impact of UV rays on your interior. Single panes of glass have a Tdw (Damage Weighted Transmission) of 0.84, which allows most UV light through. Laminated glass will block 95% of UV light while sill letting the visible light through. This means the Tdw rate is 0.66, while still allowing light through.
Can apply colouring
If you want a glass tint, it’s easy to have one applied during the manufacturing process. The colour will be consistent and wont scratch or peel off like films applied to the exterior of the glass can. Dichroic laminated glass changes colour as the observer changes vantage point, creating a unique feature for a home, restaurant or sleek reception area.
What can laminated glass be used for?
Because of its strength and other benefits, laminated glass has a range of uses.
• Shop fronts
• Partition walls
• Kitchen cabinet doors
Why use Thermaseal for your laminated glass?
We can create the glass that you need. Cut to size, with the tint or image you want applied, we can match your needs.
Contact us to discuss how we can create a laminated glass solution for your home, office or retail space.
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