When people look for new windows, they usually make their purchase based on the style and look of a window. Only when prompted do they start to consider the heart of the window – the glass.
The glass of a window, not the look, is what determines how good the windows are and what benefits they will provide to a homeowner. And while the look and style are all that people see when they look at a home, it is the glass that dictates when a window needs to be replaced, how much a utility bill will be each month, and how much sunlight is allowed in a home.
So if you are in the market for new windows, it is important for you to be equally concerned about the structure of the glass as you are about the look of the window. To help get you started, here is a basic overview of the glass options you have available to you.
On the Window Glass
The most basic choice you will have to make on your window glass is if you want regular glass or glass with a special glazing on it.
The special glazing comes in two different forms – tinted or low-e. The main focus of these two different forms is to decrease the power of the sun’s rays that enter your home; each glaze just does it in a different way.
The Space Between the Window Glass
It used to be that a window was a single piece of glass that kept the weather and the cold out while at the same time allowing you to still see out of your home. Today we have so many different window options available to us that the use of the single-paned window has become almost extinct.
Today, most windows are double paned (have two pieces of glass), and some are even triple paned (have three pieces of glass). These multiple panes of glass make the window safer, keeps the frost on the outside of the house like it should be, and acts as a layer of insulation to keep the inside of your home more comfortable.
And between those multiple layers of glass is another window option, whether there is just air or an insulating gas. This insulating gas provides an additional layer of insulation to increase the energy-efficiency of the window.
With all of these layers, windows have become almost as good as the walls on your home when it comes to insulating the interior from the outside.
For more information and help to determine exactly what type of window glass will work best for your home, contact us today.