Vehicle glass includes windshields, side and rear windows, and roofs with glass panes on a vehicle. Side windows can be fixed or raised and lowered by pressing a button or switch or using a hand-turned crank. Safety glass is a type of glass that, when hit, breaks into small fragments but does not break. It is encased in a very thin layer of vinyl that allows it to maintain its overall shape and prevent glass fragments from flying out.
Most passenger car windshields are made of safety glass. Laminated glass is made by sandwiching a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) between two pieces of glass. The glass and PVB are sealed by a series of pressure rollers and then heated. This combination of pressure and heat chemically and mechanically bonds PVB to glass.
Mechanical bonding occurs through the adhesiveness of PVB, whereas chemical bonding is created through hydrogen bonding of PVB to glass. Because of this, automotive glass is manufactured in two different types of safety glass to protect both the vehicle structure and the occupants inside. We have more than 30 years of experience replacing and repairing automotive glass in the Shreveport and Bossier City, LA area. Depending on the size of the damage to your windshield, your vehicle may require replacement of the car's window.
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