Auto glass, such as your car’s windshield, serves many purposes. The most obvious purpose is that it allows light to pass through it, so you can see through it. Car windows are also manufactured to be, and to keep you, safe. And if your car’s windows have been treated with window tint in Phoenix, they can protect you from the sun’s damaging and relenting rays, especially during the hot summer months.
Auto Glass Is Safety Glass
Although auto glass looks very similar to glass used in home windows, it’s far from it. When home windows break, they tend to shatter into large, very sharp shards. Auto glass, on the other hand, protects drivers from excessive winds when the car is in motion and to shatter into numerous blunt pieces when smashed. It’s a type of glass known as safety glass that is manufactured to be harmless around people. There are two distinct types of safety glass: laminated glass and tempered glass. These two types each have different functions, and can work in combination to protect you when you’re inside your car.
Laminated glass is usually used to make windshields, and it’s made by inserting a layer of polyvinyl butyral between two pieces of glass, which are sealed and bonded by chemicals, pressure, and heat. Laminated auto glass is strong and able to endure high levels of shock and vibration.
Tempered glass is usually used to make a car’s side and back windows. It’s a type of safety glass subjected to controlled thermal treatments—that is, created by heating and rapidly cooling—or chemical ones. This process makes it stronger than normal glass. Tempering exposes the outer surfaces of glass to compression and its inner surfaces to tension. Because of its strength, tempered glass can withstand daily car driving.
Window tints can help to keep cars cooler in the summertime, especially in areas where the sun can be overbearing. Tinted windows can reduce the transfer of heat into a car’s interior by preventing bright sunlight and UV rays from entering your car while being translucent—i.e., allowing you to see when driving.