Dear Glass Detective,
I have a large window (74″ x 96″) that has a bullet hole in it. Would you recommend replacing with tempered glass or laminated glass?
Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your request for some help in knowing what may be the best approach for replacing a piece of glass that has a bullet hole in it. Here are some thoughts for you:
First, if you expect this to happen again in the future, you may want to consider using a bullet resting glass which is typically made up of several layers of annealed glass with a vinyl interlayer between the glass panels.
Secondly, as for whether laminated or tempered glass is better for a replacement product in your situation, neither will stop a bullet but laminated glass should stay in the opening after it is broken much better than will a piece of tempered glass.
Lastly, there is more detail on this subject on the Glass.com® website if you would like to spend a minute there reviewing the differences between laminated and tempered glass. I hope this is of some benefit to you and thank you again for contacting the Glass Detective.