When homeowners choose a window for their home the attention often goes to the style or model that will look best in their home, or that will allow for the most light or best functionality for opening, closing etc., but what often gets overlooked is the type of glass being used!
Although it may not be the most glamorous part of the selection process it is still very important and can give you so many added benefits just from choosing the right glass option for your specific needs!
So in light of this, we are going to break down 3 glass options (all of which can be provided by us here at Euro Choice Windows & Doors), including their functionality and benefits! These options include Clear Glass, Low – E glass, and Triple Glass!
Clear Glass is one of the most basic options that a homeowner can choose for their windows. (Clear glass is also a key part used in the designs of our triple glass windows). They provide a great deal of efficiency when it comes to noise reduction over single pane glass. A clear glass window unit will allow for heat and cold air to pass through from the inside or outside easily, without resistance. Clear Glass on its own may have been a more popular choice in previous years but now many people will opt for the following, Low – E. (Low-E is now mandatory in new builds as well).
Low – E glass refers to low-emissivity. This glass was created to minimize the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light that comes through your window, without affecting the ability for natural light to be reflected in your home. Low-E glass windows aid in keeping your home at whatever your desired temperature may be without being affected by outdoor weather conditions. In winter, Low-E Glass helps to reduce indoor heat loss to the cold outdoors by reducing radiant heat transfer and actually reflecting the heat of the interior back into the room, to stabilize temperature! Alternatively, in the summer months, it uses the same effect but in reverse by helping to reduce the flow of the hot outside air coming into the cooler interior. Because of these features, Low-E glass actually helps to lower your overall energy costs throughout the year. Because this type of glass reduces the transmission of the sun’s UV rays, it also helps to avoid early fading and degradation of fabrics and carpeting.
The Triple glass option is often available as an upgrade for your window glass. This type of window can actually utilize both clear glass and Low-E glass together in its structure. Triple pane glass windows are some of the most energy-efficient models on the market, because of the extra pane of glass that is added. Insulating glass helps to keep the cold air outside and warm air inside, and vice versa for temperature regulation all year long. Special coatings are often applied to these glass windows to further enhance their energy-efficient properties by eliminating solar gain. Like the Low-E glass, triple glass also helps to avoid early fading and degradation of fabrics and carpeting because of its ability to reduce the transmission from the sun’s UV rays.
There are your 3 amazing glass options for your upcoming window installations! No matter what type of glass you choose we can guarantee that your windows will look absolutely stunning! And if you choose to work with us here at Euro Choice Windows and Doors you’ll also be guaranteed the best quality, warranties, and customer service!
If you have any other questions, comments or concerns on any of the information in this post just give us a call at 1-855-233-9463 and we can help you with all of your window (and door) needs!