Window of Security

Windows provide many things for a home: architectural accent from the outside and natural light and views from the inside.

August 01, 2001

 

Architects and window specifiers are increasingly looking to laminated glass for specialty applications, and this segment of the market continues to grow.

Windows provide many things for a home: architectural accent from the outside and natural light and views from the inside. Now windows featuring laminated glass can also provide protection. Laminated glass features a tough layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) bonded be-tween two panes of an-nealed, tempered or heat-strengthened glass. The product is similar to automobile windshields, lessening the chance of breakage from severe storms or burglars, reducing injuries from shattering glass, dampening sound intrusion from exterior noise and lessening the effects of UV rays on interior finishes and furnishings.

“In our southern Florida location, impact-resistant glass isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity,” says Curt Sunday, CEO of S&P Architectural Products of Miami.

Weather Shield has partnered with Solutia Inc. to offer laminated glass in three thickness options (.030-inch, .060-inch and .090-inch gauge PVB interlayers) to provide increasing degrees of protection from breakage. For additional information, visit www.weathershield.com or call 800/477-6808, or visit Solutia’s Web site at www.keepsafemax.com or call 800/787-2331.

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