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Different Types of Glasses used on Windshield

October 21, 2016
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Safety is one of the biggest concerns for any car owner. One crucial factor is the car windshield that plays a significant role. As a windshield glass is specifically designed for automobiles, it protects the driver and the passengers from any dirt, dust, and debris that could cause harm. A good windshield needs to be shatterproof so that the sharp broken pieces of glass do not cause any harm or injuries to the driver and the passengers within. 

Why should you never get a non-genuine windscreen installed in your car?

Non-genuine windscreens are made from poor-quality raw materials. Hence, they compromise safety and are prone to leaks, chips, or cracks. The rubber-mounted windscreens are more prone to leakage than bonded screens due to the deterioration of the rubber seal. One can fix this by replacing the rubber seal. Leakages from bonded screens are much more difficult to fix because they are often caused by bond breaking.

In such cases, the windscreen needs to be removed and re-bonded; removing it can be extremely risky. Moreover, there are higher chances that an undamaged screen may break during removal.

Different types of glasses for windshield:

Laminated glass:

Laminated glass helps in boosting the fuel efficiency of the car. Since air cooling uses a significant amount of fuel, adopting laminated glass reduces the heating up of the car and minimizing the burden on your vehicle’s cooling system. Recent tests have shown that using laminated glass instead of standard glass helps to lower the temperature by 6-7 degrees celsius. The owner can also choose to use an infrared coating on the glass which further makes it better to park your car in the sun. Reduced workload on air conditioners equals better fuel efficiency.

Another factor of laminated glass that improves fuel consumption is the lightweight of the glass. The demand for lightweight products is increasing every day since it makes the performance of the vehicle better. For every 0.5mm thickness reduction in the windshield, there is a 3kg per meter square reduction in the weight. Thus using laminated glass reduces the overall weight and saves fuel.

Other than this, Laminated glass provides many more benefits. It is strong and proves to be difficult to break, giving safety to the occupants of the car. Due to the ability to hold its pieces when cracked, minimizes the damage and adds to the safety in case of breakage.

Another such advantage of using laminated glass is noise reduction. Keeping the car away from outside noise, traveling by car becomes quieter and more comfortable. People can talk or enjoy the music even better when there is less noise and disturbance.

The lamination process begins when two sheets of glass are placed on different sides of a thin sheet of poly-vinyl butyral or PVB. These sheets are bonded to form one piece under heat and pressure. An autoclave heats each component as they are pressed in between rollers. This technique fuses all three layers and makes the layers strong and see-through.

Tempered glass used in the windshield:

Windshields, on the other hand, are also made from tempered glass by using the tempering technique. In this process, the sheet of glass is heated up to a certain temperature. Then, the glass is cooled rapidly with cold air. This process causes the glass to constantly expand and contract resulting in the outer layer hardening and the inner layer being induced with tension. This tempered glass is used for rear glass replacement or side window replacement.

Once broken, tempered glass cannot be repaired, and the only solution is to replace it. Although each windshield glass has different functions, together, in an accident, they protect you from broken glass. In the case of a rollover, windshields retain the roof’s rigidity while the side airbags protect the passengers within.

Solar Glass to combat climate change:

Climate change has sent the temperatures soaring to such an extent that driving during the summers in India can be frustrating. However, with Solar Glass installed on your cars, driving in the scorching heat can be turned into a pleasant drive. This modern glass invention is essentially a combination of solar technology and standard window glass.

In such cases, if you are one of those who find the heat frustrating, installing solar glass can be the ideal solution.  Unlike ordinary glass, solar glass is made from a special material to prevent heat transfer. Most of these windows are similar to their traditional counterparts; they are just as clear and usually allow the same amount of light.

What makes them different is that they don’t allow in the harmful UV radiation, which is the energy given off by the sun. This is achieved by an invisible coating applied to the glass before it is installed on your car. The solar glass that comes along with such a coating is permanent and designed to last a lifetime. By installing such glass, you can reduce heat absorption and improve your car’s insulation, resulting in reduced cooling needs. Another major benefit of using modern solar glass is that it helps reduce fuel consumption and improves your car’s mileage.

Recently, Windshield Experts have come up with ‘Solarglas’ that can prevent excessive heat. It can reduce fuel consumption which in turn will prove good for the environment.

The glass used should be of OEM standards, even if it is sourced from the original equipment manufacturer or suppliers. Every precaution must be taken to ensure that the glass fits just as perfectly as the original one. In case you have any doubts related to laminated auto glass, tempered glass, make sure to get in touch with the right experts. Windshield Experts provide assistance to use the correct windshield glass for any replacement or repair.  Contact Windshield Experts on their toll-free number-1800-102-6364, for any assistance in case of car glass.

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