Here’s something you may not know: Every window in your car doesn’t necessarily have tempered glass, the kind that turns into a pile of small harmless chunks in case of breakage. Instead, some of your windows, nearly always at the side and occasionally at the rear, may be made of laminated glass.
How can I tell if my car window is laminated?
You can tell if you have laminated glass by viewing it on edge. Laminated glass has a visible interlayer. It also sounds different from annealed or tempered glass when knocked on (but it may require an ear attuned to the difference).
Do cars use laminated glass?
Car manufacturers are required to use laminated glass for windshields. More and more companies are starting to use laminated glass for side and rear windows. The combination of laminated and tempered glass is certainly possible but very difficult.
What glass on a car is always laminated?
I don’t know why they do that but I suppose because they think that but the door glass is where most people try to break in.., On your common vehicle, the windshield is always laminated and most generally all your door glasses and back glasses are tempered,” said Glass Doctor Sales Representative Randy Burchell.
How much do laminated windows cost?
However, laminated glass is typically considered a high-end window feature, so adding it can bump up the cost of a window replacement project. For a laminated insert on a standard double pane window, you can expect to spend around $950.
Which is more expensive laminated glass or tempered glass?
Cost. Laminated glass is generally more expensive then tempered glass. Until recently, laminated glazings used to cost three to four times as much as tempered glass. It is mandatory for car manufacturers to use laminated glass in windshields.
What can break laminated glass?
Laminated glass has plastic layers sandwiched between glass layers. Because of the plastic sheeting, it tends not to break, but be punctured under force. High impact is needed to defeat laminated glass, and fragmentation and spalling can occur which send small flakes and powdered glass inward.
Does my car have tempered or laminated glass?
To find out whether your car has tempered or laminated side windows, read the label in the bottom corner the window, or check directly with the manufacturer. Make sure to check every window, as it’s common for at least one side window to be made from breakable tempered glass.