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The Differences Between Tempered, Laminated & Hurricane Impact Glass

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Apr 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Living in Florida, you know the importance of having impact-resistant glass windows for your home or business.

What you might not know is the difference between all the various types of glass, and you may need help choosing the right hurricane-safe solution. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt if they were stylish and energy-efficient!

We get a lot of question about the difference between tempered, laminated and impact glass, so we’re here to address some questions.


What is Tempered Glass & What’s the Benefit?

Tempered glass is glass that has been heat-treated, and is sometimes referred to as “safety glass.” These high temperatures make the center of glass very hot, and when the glass eventually cools, the surface and edges of the glass become compressed. In this way, the tempered glass becomes about 5-10 times stronger than traditional glass.

Another perk of treating glass with heat is that it changes the way it shatters. Whereas traditional glass can break into large, sharp pieces when broken, tempered glass shatters into small pebble-sized bits without dangerous edges that can cut or damage. For this reason, many Florida homeowners choose tempered glass windows. However, oftentimes, they also opt for laminated glass.

What is Laminated Glass & What’s the Benefit?

While you might think that laminated glass is synonymous with tinted glass, it’s not. Whereas homeowners typically tint windows to cast a room in a certain color, to add privacy/ shade or to block UV rays, laminated glass windows are more similar to tempered glass.

Instead of being heated like tempered glass, however, laminated glass is created by bonding together two or more panes of glass with a thin layer of film or vinyl in between. This inner layer works as an adhesive film and holds the glass together should it break or crack, making the structure of the window more stable— so broken glass doesn’t fall everywhere!


Can Windows Be Both Tempered & Laminated at the Same Time?

The heated effect of tempered glass can be combined with laminated annealment to create a hybrid window. With the strength and resistance of temperament and the shatter-resistance of lamination, these windows are often called impact-resistant windows— though some places label soley laminated windows as such too.

What Qualifies as an “Impact-Resistant” Window?

Impact-resistant windows typically combine tempered and laminated glasses, creating a safe glass to withstand blunt force. Whether this is to stop burglars, whipping winds or debris from natural disasters like hurricanes, this glass is designed stronger and with a different way of breaking than traditional glass.

Impact-resistant windows, however, rarely have only stronger, break-safe glass. They also are comprised of heavy-duty frames, designed to keep this glass in place beyond a traditional holding structure.

Our Hurricane Impact Windows

Here at Storm Solutions, our windows can be customized to your specific needs. Want glass that’s both tempered and laminated? No problem. We can even add energy-efficient tints and UV-resistant films, combining safety with a reduction of your electric bill!  

Explore all the reasons why people all across SWFL trust our hurricane windows for both their homes and businesses.

Then, give us a call for more information at (239) 431-3190. We’d be happy to help you get a quote and install a beautiful set of impact-resistant storm windows.

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Topics: Hurricane Impact Glass, Laminated Glass, Tempered Glass