What’s the difference??
Safety glass is used in all automobiles and it is manufactured to reduce the likelihood of injury, if it breaks. Did you know that your vehicle has two different types of auto glass? A certified auto glass technician is trained to correctly repair and replace auto glass.
Windshields are made from a lamination process. The windshield glass in your car is made of laminated glass, which is designed to offer highest levels of safety in the event of a crash. The laminated glass is made up of two pieces of glass, with a thin layer of vinyl between them. The three pieces are then laminated together by applying heat and pressure in a special oven called an autoclave. When a small object strikes a piece of safety glass, typically only the outer layer of the windshield that is struck breaks. However, in severe impact situations, the glass “shatters” but usually does not fly apart because the broken pieces of glass generally adhere to the vinyl inner lining.
The side and rear windows of your vehicle are made of tempered glass, which is produced by heating the glass to more than 1,100°F and then rapidly cooling it. This “tempering” process makes the glass many times stronger than un-tempered glass of the same thickness. If broken, tempered glass is designed to disintegrate into small pieces of glass about the size of rock salt. There should be no large, jagged pieces of glass to injure the driver or passengers.
When you need auto glass repair or replaced, trust your car to Maxx Auto Glass in St. Louis, MO. We do more than just go through the motions of auto glass replacement and repair. Our business was built on referrals and repeat customers, so we have done our best to provide our valued customers with superior work, every time. Our trained technicians can properly repair or replace your auto glass, leaving your car glass good as new. Contact us today with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment to have your glass repaired or replaced.