Laminated Glass in Replacement Windows
At Can-Do we believe that an educated replacement window consumer makes for a happier and more satisfied customer! In this article we explain what laminated glass is, and whether you need it in your replacement windows or doors.
What is Laminated Glass?
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together even when it is broken or shattered.
In the event of breaking, the fragments of laminated glass are held in place by a clear vinyl inter-layer between its layers of glass. This inter-layer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when they are broken, and prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces.
When laminated glass is broken it produces a characteristic “crackled” or “spider web” pattern, as long as the impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass.
Why Laminated Glass in Replacement Windows & Doors?
Laminated glass in replacement windows and doors protect homes from high winds and flying debris, such as those that occur during hurricanes and tornadoes. While we don’t experience this type of extreme weather in Orange County and Southern California, we are subject to broken windows from earthquakes!
Laminated glass has been proven to perform very well in “seismic events” (earthquakes) because the plastic inter-layer holds most of the glass fragments after an earthquake, which significantly reduces the potential of glass flying into the room or falling to the ground.
Laminated Glass Replacement Windows are Safer
Laminated glass windows and doors also provide significantly improved protection from home invasion. While standard glass windows can easily be broken, unlocked, and opened, laminated glass windows are much more difficult to break.
The shatter resistant properties of laminated replacement windows also make them ideal for certain architectural applications such as in skylight windows, where a tree branch could fall on a window, even absent extreme weather.
Laminated glass is also used to increase the sound insulating properties of replacement windows. Studies have shown that laminating glass significantly improves sound deadening compared to non-laminated glass panes of the same thickness.
Additionally, the inter-layer used in laminated glass for windows can block up to 99.9% of UV rays.
Do I Need Laminated Glass in My Replacement Windows?
Laminated replacement windows are an excellent way to add extra protection from home invasion, as well as to keep your home free of dangerous glass shards and pieces after an earthquake. They may even qualify you for lower insurance premiums!
However the decision to add lamination is entirely up to you. During our educational, in-home sales process we will explain the different features and prices of installing laminated vs. non-laminated replacement windows. We never employ high pressure sales tactics at Can Do and you will never get “hard closed”.
Huntington Beach area’s Best Replacement Windows
No matter what your budget, Can-Do will come to your home and help you compare your window choices, to ensure you are getting the highest quality, most durable, beautiful and energy efficient windows for the price.
We have installed beautiful, new replacement windows in thousands of homes across the costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and South Bay area.
We can also assist you in obtaining easy financing, with no money down, so you can start enjoying your new windows (and lowering utility bills) right away.