In our lives, we don’t spend much time thinking about one of the most omnipresent products surrounding us every day: glass. There is glass everywhere! Look around and you’ll see it in your home, office, glasses (unless they are plastic), ceramics, bathrooms and dishes, bottles, light bulbs, TV screens, and your car, of course. What does glass mean? It is a mixture of components, most frequently silicon dioxide (sand), lime, and potash. Specialty glasses are made of other materials, but soda-lime glass, the kind we see all the time, is mostly composed of the three materials mentioned above. If you wish to learn more about this, visit American Windshield Replacement & Auto Glass
For a detailed explanation of glass that is easy to understand, visit Wikipedia and type in the search term glass. The two common glass types with which we interact on a daily basis, annealed and tempered, are essentially the same products that have undergone various manufacturing treatments to give them individual characteristics. Such attributes are intended to serve certain functions. Tempered glass is known as safety glass because, instead of long sharp-edged, knife-like shards that can inflict terrible wounds, it shatters into hundreds of small blocks. Human flesh is much less likely to be cut by the tiny blocks of broken tempered glass. In the side windows and back glass of cars, as well as in commercial glass, sliding doors, and windows that reach the floor, tempered glass is used. In order to make windshields, annealed glass is used, as in your kitchen window.
You might wonder how the kitchen window in front of a driver can be used in the world. That is insane! Yes, that would be crazy, unless a strong piece of plastic and another piece of glass were laminated together with the annealed glass to make a sandwich called laminated safety glass. You look through all three pieces, two of glass and one of plastic, when you look through your windshield.