Choosing the Right Type of Window Glass

6 Apr

Choosing the Right Type of Window Glass

Although window are an essential part of every home, not all of them are created equally. Windows have become far more advanced and specialized over years with many more options now available. Choosing the right type of glass for your windows is an important decision.  Every type of glass has distinct properties that may make it more appropriate for one particular function over another.

Here are some of the more common types of window glass and the distinctive qualities of each.

  1. Tempered Glass. This type of glass is heat-treated and shatterproof. It crumbles into blunt pieces when broken, reducing the chance of injury. It is also very durable, so it is often used in things like doors and storm windows. Tempered glass is not an energy efficient option, however.
  2. Patterned Glass. This type of window glass is covered with patterns or designs which are often translucent and can be colored or plain. It is a perfect option for areas where both natural light and privacy are needed. The patterns prohibit anyone from looking through the glass, but allow enough light to enter through the glass to light the room.
  3. Tinted Glass. Due to the remarkable benefits that tinted windows provide to car owners, several homeowners also choose to have them in their homes. Tinted glass reduces the intrusion of UV rays into your home and also increases the level of privacy. Tinted filming has also been proven to considerably decrease the amount of time it takes to shatter glass, since the shards of glass are kept together by the film. This makes it more difficult for someone to break into your house through the windows.
  4. Low Emissivity Glass. This glass is energy efficient, coated on one side with a thin metal coating that reflects transmitted heat, and reduces heat transfer. It can reduce heat transfer up to70%. It does not, however, reduce the amount of light that passes into the room.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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