Laminated Glass VS Toughened Glass

What is Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is made of two pieces of the same type of glass which are bonded together with a thin layer of plastic interlayer, hence why it’s called laminated. This type of safety glass is used in situations where both durability and light weight are desired. The process involved in creating laminates makes them up to three times stronger than regular glasses.

‍Pros of Laminated Glass

The main benefit of having laminated glass is its ability to resist breaking even when subjected to high forces which result from collisions, earthquakes etc., Also if any one piece totally shatters, all other pieces stay intact since they are held together by the plastic interlayer.

Another significant benefit of laminated glass is that it blocks 99 percent of UV light, has sound reduction capabilities, and can be cut and polished after lamination.

‍Cons of Laminated Glass

The problem with laminated glasses is that if the interlayer fails the glass will shatter into many pieces since individual pieces of glass are not attached to each other. Another disadvantage is that in order to cut a tool needs to be used which will also result in some plastic being removed from the edge, thus creating a weak point where fracture may occur.

What is Toughened Glass

Toughened glass is also called tempered glass. It’s commonly used when there is a need for safety glasses to protect the users against large broken shards if it shatters, these glasses are most frequently seen in cars or home front windows.

‍Pros of Toughened Glass

The main advantage of toughened glass over laminated is that it can absorb energy through compression without breaking apart, so if this type of safety glass does break, it will shatter into small pieces with no sharp edges . Another benefit is that since each piece of toughened glass is individually attached to its neighbor, they don’t create any weak points which might cause them to break apart contrary to laminated glasses. Also it can be cut into any shape you want without leaving a trace of the cut.

‍Cons of Toughened Glass

Once installed, it cannot be recut. If you choose toughened glass for a sliding door and then decide to install a pet door later, this is something to think about. The entire panel will need to be replaced.

Which One To Choose?

According to Ramy Jbeili from Quik Window Glass Replacement,  both of these materials are considered safety glazing and are available in a variety of thicknesses, hues, and tints. When placed correctly, both are simple to clean and maintain.

Laminated glass is typically slightly more expensive than tempered glass of the same type and thickness. Both laminated and tempered glass have outstanding visual clarity, and both will give many years of reliable service in your front door.