Now Available in BIG Glass Configurations.
The most common laminated glass units are constructed with two plies of glass permanently bonded together with one or more interlayers. The most important characteristics of laminated glass are fall-out protection due to the ability of the interlayer to support and hold the glass when broken as well as the reduced ability to penetration the opening. The ability to resist various kinds of penetration is dependent upon a number of factors including thickness of the glass and the type of interlayer selected. For additional information regarding the interlayers Viracon offers, please refer to the interlayer component page.
Laminated glass also offers a greater availability of coatings than monolithic glass. Low-E coatings which cannot be exposed, and therefore cannot be used with monolithic glass, can be used inside a laminated unit where they are protected.
Laminated glass units also have more aesthetic possibilities than monolithic glass. The interlayers used in laminated glass are available in a variety of colors and opacities. In addition, the Low-E coating and silk-screen pattern, if desired, are applied to the exterior ply of glass leaving the interior ply available for additional treatment. For a spandrel location, a full coverage opaque ceramic frit can be applied to the inner face (surface #4). For vision areas where daylight is desired but view through needs to be minimized, a translucent ceramic frit can be applied to the surface facing the airspace (surface #3).