Glass has been a favorite building material for centuries as it is highly versatile in both design and added benefits. Selecting the right type of glass for your window installation is an important task and there are many things that need to be considered. Whether you’re building a new home or replacing a window or looking to enhance the atmosphere in your business, there are a few things that you will need to consider.
Argon Gas Filled Windows:
These windows are created as a unit in which two panes of glass are sealed and filled with argon gas between the glass. The gas is used on many residential windows which prevents frost from forming on the bottom of the glass panes. The technique of filling two panes of glass with argon gas allows for many benefits and it is easy to understand why this type of glass is becoming more and more popular. The insulation offers a certain amount of sound proofing, helps to prevent heat from coming in during summer and heat going out during the winter, and this in itself helps homeowners to save on energy bills which as we all know is good for the environment and our wallets.
Low-e (Low-Emissivity) Glass:
Low-e glass is treated with a specialized metallic coat that limits the infrared part of sunlight while still letting the actual light come through, in laymen’s terms, it will help to keep the heat out while still allowing light to come in. It provides much-needed insulation and the truly amazing thing about this type of glass is that while during the warm summer months it will limit heat coming in but during winter it will let the heat in. The metallic coat can come in a variety of colors including: clear, blue, gray, green, and neutral.
This is a glass great for families as it is designed as a safety glass. When glass breaks, it usually breaks into large splinters with sharp edges. Toughened glass, on the other hand, will shatter safely into small pieces. Toughened glass has an added strength that most other types of glass won’t, making it harder to break in the first place and is resistant to breakage from extreme temperatures.
Laminated glass is constructed by permanently bonding two or more layers of glass with an inner layer. This is another type of safety glass which instead of breaking into smaller pieces; will hold together even if it breaks. The inner layer lamination can be chosen to deliver specific advantages on request, like improved sound or heat insulation or added security properties. Most glass can be laminated and is available in clear glass, low-e glass, tinted glass and reflective glass.
In the past, much of the glass used for windows and doors was single glazed, but today double glazing allows for a lot more advantages than before. This glass consists of two panes of glass bonded together with a space in between to create better insulation. It is similar to argon gas filled glass only without the gas. Double glazed glass can be made up of low-e glass, tinted glass, and reflective glass.