Selecting the Best Type of Glass for Your Windows

24 Feb

Selecting the Best Type of Glass for Your Windows

Glass plays an important and unique role in any building design. By selecting the best type of glass for your area, you can reduce your cooling and heating costs. You should check your windows every five to ten years to see if they need repairs or replacement in order to ensure you are maximizing their energy efficiency. This will also increase the longevity of the windows and better safeguard the house against the elements.

Think about the following when selecting style and materials.

  1. Tinted Glass. A number of manufacturers provide the option of tinted glass to minimize the amount of warm heat entering through your windows. Tinting can also reduce the amount of ultraviolet light that enters as well.
  2. 2.       Conservatory Glass. This type of glass can be cold during the winter and over-heat in the summer, so if you’re considering this type of glass, it is important to determine how much sun will enter the room. If the side of your hours where you’re considering placing the glass gets a lot of sun, choose a solar controlled glass, which will help you reduce your solar heat gain.
  3. 3.       Low-E Glass. It is a very popular glass option that is being used in most residential and commercial buildings today due to its energy-efficiency. The “E” stands for emissivity and refers to the ability of the glass to radiate heat. Low-E glass can eliminate common window problems such condensation and harmful UV rays.
  4. 4.       Double Glazing or Insulated Glass Units (IGU’s). This type of window consists of two panes of glass bonded to both sides of a space to create one unit. Argon gas is used to fill the space between the panes of glass to increase the insulation abilities of the double glazing units. It significantly improves insulation and is ideal for climates with extreme hot and cold weather.  

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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