Safety & StandardsIt doesn’t shatter like ordinary glass. The composition of this type of glass consists of a durable, clear interlayer that absorbs impact, resists penetration and remains resilient – even when broken. This maintains the glass fragments in place, which in turn – reduced the risk of injury. The safety compliance regulations used in commercial buildings have increased on a global basis due to the rise in glass-related injuries. This, for many commercial property owners has increased overhead and liability, especially those that implement overhead glazing structures, as they can be hazardous with falling glass. Laminated glass reduces this risk, liability and protects occupants from injury.
SecurityThe interlayer used in laminated glass also acts as a protective measure against break ins. The resistance is specially designed to safeguard one side of the glass (the outer side) from being cut. Since the majority of burglars utilize glass-cutters to silently enter through windows, the interlayer in the laminated glass is not penetrable by these tools. While the tool will find its way through the outer layer of glass, the interlayer will block the glass cutter from further entry.
Sound ReductionWith specialized viscoelastic properties of the PVB interlayer, laminated glass protects and insulates rooms by acting as a sound barrier from the outside distractions. In doing so, the transmission of sound is dulled, dampened and some even eliminated completely before entering the room from the outside.
Solar Energy ControlMaintains a healthy balance of natural light that enters into the building. This reduces the amount of heat that builds up, in turn, reducing energy costs. Using tinted, reflective Low-E glass – laminated glass has the ability to control glare, reduce heat gain and decrease air conditioning expenses.
Design VersatilityCustomize the architect of the building with a wide selection of aesthetic options such as annealed, tempered, heat strengthened, tinted, decorative ceramic coating or reflective glass. Various colors and textures are also available to maintain a unique architecture and appeal.
DurabilityProlongs the life of the window, preserving all tints and color throughout the life of the building. While laminated glass is conveniently cleaned just as any other type of glass, it does not fade the color or protective layers.
UV ControlWhile UV light is often the leading cause of fading and deterioration to pictures, interior furnishings or fabrics – laminated glass is manufactured with UV-absorbing additives that enable the glass to withstand UV exposure. This can be advantageous to plant life and visibility levels inside the building, since laminated glass screens out the damaging effects.
Fire RetardancyLaminated glass does not disintegrate like standard annealed glass when exposed to flames and intense heat. While it is not classified as fire-resistant, this type of glass will confine the fire for longer than traditional annealed glass, giving building inhabitants ample time to detect, evacuate and extinguish the fire.
Versatile InstallationConveniently custom fit the laminated glass to any building walls. Laminated glass can be cut to size, drilled or notched on-site– giving you the freedom to ensure the perfect fit without returning back to the manufacturer or warehouse to be modified.
Low Visible DistortionWhile most forms of glass can often distort images from the outside, laminated glass maintains sharp reflected images to ensure perfect visibility.