Laminated Glass by GlassPro Limited
GlassPro Limited in Kenya, has worked with different types of glasses over the years. One of the most preferred glass for safety reasons is laminated glass.
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. It is made of interlayer that keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces, producing a characteristic “spider web” cracking pattern when the impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass. The glass sheet for making laminated glass can be ordinary glass, float glass, tempered glass, colored glass, heat-absorbing glass or heat-reflecting glass.
Laminated glass is made of two pieces of regular or tempered glass sandwiched around a layer of clear plastic film polyvinyl butyral (PVB). The set of glass is treated through a process intended to expel air pockets and then it is heated for an initial round of melting. After this, the glass is heated under pressure to create a finished bound product. The interlayer works to hold the glass fragments together if hit with an impact that would normally shatter it, such as wind storms, bomb blasts, bullets, and forced entry. Laminated glass can be made stronger by adding layers making the end product thicker.
Laminated glass is normally used when there is a possibility of human impact or where the glass could fall if shattered and also for architectural applications. Skylight glazing and automobile windshields typically use laminated glass. One of the main reasons for the use of laminated glass in building envelopes is its safe failure mode compared to that of float glass and tempered glass.
Laminated glass has good transparency, and its impact resistance is several times higher than that of ordinary sheet glass. Due to the adhesion of PVB glue film, even when the glass breaks, its fragments keep binding on the thin film and will not hurt people, and the surface of the fragmented glass remains clean and smooth, which effectively prevents fragments from penetrating or falling, thus ensures human safety. In addition to being found in vehicles, laminated glass is also commonly used for the windows of tall buildings, skylights, balconies, and frameless glass railings.
Some of the benefits of using laminated glass includes:
Safety: As the glass doesn’t shatter when broken, there is a reduced risk of someone being cut or injured by shards of glass.
Security: The strength of laminated glass make it almost impossible to break, so any unauthorised person would struggle to gain entry. Even if a break was to occur, the interlayers holdup the strength of the structure so that widening the gap is extremely difficult to do.
Reduced noise pollution: Installing a thick piece of laminated glass helps reduce noise pollution.
Protection from natural disasters: In the arrival of natural disasters or volatile weather, laminated glass will remain in its frame, reducing the risk of accidents and making a life-threatening situation slightly safer.
More design choice: Laminated glazing is available in many colours, tints or tones, and can be manufactured straight or curved for greater versatility in appearance.
Looking for reliable laminated glass solutions? Look no further than GlassPro Limited. Our variants of laminated glass are designed to provide safety to your home or office.
At GlassPro Limited, we pride ourselves in providing the most reliable glass solutions for homes, offices, shops, or any other purposes. For end-to-end glass solutions that guarantee both structural integrity and aesthetic value, contact GlassPro Limited today on 0727034222.