A House With Laminated Glass Windows
Laminated glass windows have a protective vinyl layer of material inside of two pieces of glass. Laminated glass windows create a sandwich by layering vinyl material between two panes of glass, so that the vinyl is laminated on both sides by the glass. The extra layers and the vinyl material create a soundproofing effect. When used in building construction, laminated windows reduce noise that filters in from outside. They also help minimize damage should a window shatter. The layers and increased thickness improve durability, and at times can completely prevent impact breakage. The majority of laminate processes use heat to bond the two layers of glass to the vinyl layer, to create laminated glass windows. The vinyl is invisible between between the layers, and the three pieces together behave the same as one sheet of glass. This denser layer not only provides additional strength, but creates a thicker barrier for sound waves to penetrate, resulting in the noise-filtering effect.
The design of laminated glass windows is similar to vehicle safety windows and windshields, and has the same effect in the event of damage or cracking. The vinyl between the two layers of glass acts as an adhesive. Should either the panes shatter, the shards stick to the vinyl rather than falling or flying in various directions. This can prevent injury from flying glass, or from contact with broken glass. This can also make replacing the broken window easier. Often laminated glass windows can be removed in one piece, with lower risk of injury.