Modern windshields are generally made of laminated safety glass, a type of treated glass, which consists of, typically, two curved sheets of glass with a plastic layer laminated between them for safety, and bonded into the window frame.
What is unique about the glass used in car windshields?
Windshield glass is made from laminated glass. Although it’s breakable, this glass is made to survive extreme impacts without shattering. This helps stop injuries that can result from flying shards of glass or passengers being thrown through the windshield. Laminated glass was invented back in the 1920’s.
What is the best replacement windshield brand?
The companies that offer OEM windshields also offer the dealer windshields, with the top three manufacturers again being PPG, AP Tech, and Pikington.
What type of windshield do I have?
Regardless of the windshield type, one of the easiest ways to figure out which windshield you have is to place a piece of white or yellow paper and tape it behind the writing on the bottom of the windshield from the inside of the car. Take a picture with your phone and text or email it to the auto glass shop.
How can I tell if glass is safety glass?
Look closely at the pane and try to spot dimples, warping or bending. Such imperfections strongly suggest the glass is of the toughened safety variety, and occur during the heating process: Due to the very high temperatures required in the manufacturing process, tongs are used. These tongs leave marks on the glass.
What is the strongest glass?
California group’s metallic glass is world’s toughest–strongest material. Ashby map of the damage tolerance of materials.