Have you been hearing about laminate glass and wondering how it compares to double glazing?
It is a common misconception that are not compatible with each other and that it is either one or the other. The fact is they are two very different products serving two different purposes and could work very well together when the situation requires.
Read on to learn more about double glazing and laminate glass
Upvc windows are far superior to single pane windows as they are specifically designed to prevent heat loss in winter and keep heat out in summer. With 50% – 70% of a home’s heat lost through single-pane windows, double glazing is an ideal option to insulate a home against extremes of temperatures.
Some of the benefits of double glazing include:
– Warmer in winter and cooler in summer. In winter it captures and stores a high percentage of natural heat from the sun and in summer it traps some of the heat from the rays of sun that burn through the windows.
– Reduces energy usage as there is less need for heating and cooling.
– Reduces condensation which can be a serious problem, especially in older homes, as it can cause mould and mildew growth, timber rot, and health problems due to damp.
– Reduces exterior noise by up to 80%.
– Increases the resale value of a home through energy efficiency.
– Increases safety and security, particularly when combined with laminated or toughened glass.
Laminate glass is a type of glass that is strengthened to hold together when shattered. An interlayer of PVB (Polyvinyl butyral) keeps the glass bonded even when it gets broken. The strength of laminated glass prevents the glass from breaking into dangerously large, sharp pieces. When the impact does not pierce the glass completely it causes a characteristic ‘spider web’ pattern but does not fall and shatter.
Laminated glass undergoes a completely different manufacturing process to toughen the glass and Ã‚Â Laminated glass is typically used as safety glass where there is a concern for security and injury.
The benefits are similar to double-glazed glass including:
– Offers greater security against attempted break-ins, accidental injury, and severe weather conditions. From a security standpoint it would take a lot of force to pierce the interlayer sufficiently to create a hole for entry to a home or office.
– The strength of the bond between the interlayers of glass absorbs the force of accidental impact and resists breakage. If the glass does break the shards remain bonded to the interlayer rather than shattering and causing harm.
– The versatile and durable glazing materials in laminated glass provide protection against the rays of the sun, keeping heat out and saving on energy consumption.
– Tinted laminated glass serves as an excellent guard against fading for fabrics, furniture, carpets, curtains, and protects delicate plants from heat.
– It forms an excellent barrier against exterior noise.
– A large colour range is available that will enhance any interior environment.
Laminated safety glass can be combined with double glazing for a more efficient and effective result.
One type of glazing is not necessarily suitable for every application as there are many different types of materials available for a variety of different purposes.
Different types of glazing used in combination can achieve maximum results. When considering window glass, certain factors have to be taken into consideration such as climate, comfort, security, privacy, window size, orientation, and placement.