Types of Windshield Glass

One of the most important parts of a vehicle is the windshield. It provides a protective barrier and a clear line of sight to the road ahead — but this essential part typically goes unnoticed. There’s more that meets the eye, though. There are different types of windshield glass and classifications you should know about.   

What are the different types of windshield glass?

While tempered glass is most often used for side windows and the rear windshield, the front windshield is made of laminated glass. 

Laminated windshield glass

Laminated glass is ideal for the front windshield because it’s super strong. Two layers of glass are fused together by a layer of plastic. In the event of an accident, the windshield should stay intact and prevent the driver from exiting the vehicle. 

Tempered windshield glass 

Tempered glass is made by heating up the glass to a high temperature and then rapidly cooling it. It’s stronger than regular glass and safer, since it shatters into small round pieces when broken. This prevents injury from shattered glass but requires a full auto glass replacement. 

Are there different qualities of windshield glass?

All windshields are made out of laminated glass and provide protection, but there are three different qualities of windshield glass. 

OEM glass

OEM parts (original equipment manufacturer) are made directly by the car manufacturer. This means the auto glass is made specifically for your vehicle make and model and is guaranteed to fit. These types of parts are also designed to provide optimal safety and performance. 

Dealer glass

Dealer glass is made to the same specifications as OEM glass. The only difference is that the windshield is made and marketed by the dealer itself. 

Aftermarket glass

This type of windshield glass is like the off-brand OEM glass. While it is a less expensive option, you don't know where or how it is made. It still must meet the standards of the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA). 

Which windshield glass is best for a car?

Car enthusiasts and purists are more inclined to go with OEM glass. After repairs, your car can be declared good as new. 

For those who aren't as particular, dealer glass is still a great option. It's the closest you can get to the OEM certified part. 

If you need your windshield replaced, don’t delay. Broken and cracked windshields can impair your visibility. Make an appointment online or call the experts at Caliber Auto Glass today.





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