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Question Regarding Laminated Glass Tint Color:

Hi Glass Detective,

I had a break-in through tempered glass. It was Celcius glass so it had a slight tint. If I replace with laminated glass in that one pane, will it look different than the other Celcius glass beside it?


Ruth W.

Answer to Question Regarding Laminated Glass Tint Color:


Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question regarding laminated glass. As you stated, you had a break-in through a tempered glass panel and have now decided to replace it with laminated glass with the thought that it will be harder to break-in through the laminated glass than the tempered glass. And it should be. While the laminated glass will not guarantee that an intruder can’t get in, it certainly will make it more difficult.

I would like to suggest that you use the thickest laminated glass that your framing will allow when you do the replacement. Thicker is always better and also, the thicker the PVC inner-layer the better. A .030 PVC inner- layer is somewhat standard but see if you can get a .045 inner-layer in your laminated glass replacement piece if possible.

Last thing, you are concerned about matching the existing glass type/finish (on the old tempered glass piece) when you install the new laminated glass piece. Your glass supplier should be able to do that. There is virtually nothing that can be done to a tempered piece of glass that cannot be achieved with the use of a laminated glass product. A little effort and maybe a little more money, but it should be doable.

Thank you again for contacting the Glass Detective and I wish you well with your project.

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Lyle Hill

Lyle Hill has been in the glass and metal industry for more than 40 years. In this time he has managed glass retail, contract glazing, mirror, architectural window, window film, and automotive glass businesses throughout America. He obtained an MBA from IIT with a focus on Technology and Engineering Management. Hill is also a columnist for glass industry trade magazines and often called the “face” of the glass industry. He has also authored books including “The Broken Tomato and Other Business Parables,” which is available through Amazon. Find out more about Lyle on Linkedin.

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4 Responses

  1. I ordered a skylight using deep cobalt blue laminated glass. When it was installed however the color seemed not to be as intense. It should have had a 3 percent light transmission, but appears much lighter, and to have much more light transmission than that now that it is installed. While it was close to the ground the color thru it was extremely deep hued. Is it possible the laminate glass faded or some other thing happened to reduce the intensity of color?

    1. Hi Katherine, a “tint meter” is a tool that measures the amount of light transmission through a window. This would be the best way to evaluate whether or not the window that you received has 3% light transmission. 3% light transmission is extremely dark. The company that installed the glass may be able to come out to perform a light transmission test. Another option would be to have a local window tint company perform the test.

  2. Hi . I want to make a glass river table.
    The tables I’ve seen have blue glass.
    I’m sure it’s not laminated.
    Where can I get this glass ?
    And what type of glass is it ?

    Thanks Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew,
      We have helped artisans obtain glass for river tables in the past. All furniture glass should be tempered for safety reasons, but does not need to be laminated. Please send us an email to with your specs and we’d be happy to help you get the glass for your project.

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