Laminated glass should be used in situations where both strength and safety factors. For instance tempered glass may be very strong, but when it breaks it comes apart in large, sharp and dangerous pieces. Laminated glass is strong, but when damaged it tends to stay in one large piece.
Laminated glass is created by taking two pieces of glass and putting a layer of PVB between them. The PVB adheres to both pieces of glass. The result is a new piece of glass that is much stronger than the individual pieces of which it is composed. Just as importantly when this type of glass is damaged it does not break into large chards of sharp glass. Instead it shatters into much smaller pieces and most of these pieces will remain adhered to the PVB middle layer. This makes laminated glass an ideal choice anywhere where children play or where there is a chance of heavy objects (Or wind) hitting the glass. For instance on sliding glass doors, windows and doors.
Another consideration when selecting laminated glass is that you can choose the color of the middle layer before the glass is created. Why is the color important? In some instances you may want to have clear view looking outside (For instance at the ocean) versus in other areas the bigger concern is would be to select a type of laminated glass that can reduce UV rays to reduce damage to furniture, drapes, rugs and other items near windows and doors.
A final consideration is that your insurance company may offer a discount if you use laminated glass in certain applications.