New boats, as well as older boats, are taking advantage of an innovative way of glazing glass that uses special adhesives and sealants to “glue” the glass in place. This bonding process offers several advantages over traditional methods that require sturdy window frames to hold the glass in place and often limit the size of the windows themselves.
Besides larger windows, bonded glass expands design and styling options leading to improved aerodynamics. Bonded glass is lighter and often less expensive than traditional window assemblies. The photos in this blog show you the “before” and “after” of a boat rehabbed with bonded glazing. The new look is modern and sleek in appearance.
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ProCurve Glass President Steven Lerner notes, “We are often contacted by customers for input on marine glass and glazing, and we know the products that are used in bonded glass applications, as well the standards that address the strength, weathertightness and watertightness of glazed openings in yachts.” Lerner cites ISO standard 11336, Part 2, which covers design criteria, structural support, installation, and testing of glazed openings that are elastically bonded to a bulkhead or shell.
For more information on bonded or glued glass, contact ProCurve Customer Service.