Laminated or triplex glass is two or more glasses welded together with a special interim adhesive film (interpolated specific films, usually polyvinyl butyral PVB). The film acts as a binder between sheets of glass to create a new undivided body, thicker and more durable, achieving increased endurance and safety.
When an ordinary glass breakes, numerous, irregular, pointed and sharp pieces are generated, which pose a serious risk of injury. An effective response to this problem is triplex glass. Its endurance does not differ from the one of its components. They do break in the same way, the only difference being that the pieces tend to remain stuck to the interlayer film. So in case of break, the glasses do not collapse thus keeping the space protected, while on the other hand, the dangerous, sharp edges that could fall down and cause a serious injury remain unexposed. That is the reason why laminated glass is called safety glass.
Laminated glass can be made transparent, milky or coloured. During the production process, using proper positioning of coloured films or the incorporation of any material in flat sheets of fabric, paper, metal, plastic, etc., the final product can acquire unlimited decorative possibilities, while maintaining increased endurance and security properties.
Strength as well as other properties of laminated glass panel can be adapted to meet specific needs. Some undercoats can reduce noise and others can help the glass to serve more as a structural composite material. Laminated glass panel can combine security with aesthetics and energy saving.
Summarizing, the advantages of triplex glass panel, apart from its main use which is protection and safety, are:
- High protection of human health in potential break
- Sound Insulation
- Increased resistance to burglary
- Protection from UV rays
- Delay of fire spread
- Protection from weather conditions
- Improved structural efficiency
- Protection from terrorist attacks
- Energy saving