Glass garage doors can be fitted with countless glass options. One of the more popular choices among home and business owners is laminates. Laminate garage door glass offers safety and security while also catering to customization needs such as frosting, tinting, or back painted glass. Before making a choice about the glazing you want in you glass garage door, it’s important to gain as much understanding as you can. Just like how not all glass garage doors are made the same, not all glazing types are made equal.

What is Laminated Garage Door Glass?

Laminated garage door glass is considered a type of safety glass as it will hold together when shattered. In the event of an impact, the glass is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) in glass garage doors, that exists between the two panes of glass. The interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when shattered, and its strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large, sharp pieces. Instead, the characteristic “spider web” cracking pattern can be seen when an impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass.

Some laminated garage door glass contains interlayers that are large missile impact tested. This means the glass is considered impact glass. Impact laminates are typically thicker and heavier than typical ¼” laminates so it is important to be mindful of the door’s overall size when working with impact glass. A door that very heavy can be difficult to spring.

Laminated glass comes in clear, tinted, frosted, insulated and non-insulated versions making the glass type very versatile in both the residential and commercial markets.