4 Types of Glass to Consider for Your New Windows

15 January 2016
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New windows are a great addition to a home. Not only do windows provide insulation and structural integrity, but they can also set a "vibe" and bring a certain aesthetic to your home that was otherwise missing. If you've decided on purchasing new windows, one of the many things that you need to take into consideration is what type of glass will be the best fit for your windows. You should know the different choices between glass when it comes time to get a window replacement. 

Gas Filled Glass

If your home has had energy efficiency problems in the past, then part of that problem most likely has to do with the degree of insulation your house has. Gas filled windows can help to rectify this situation, since they are an insulation powerhouse.

Gas filled windows will act to further reduce the amount of heat that you lose in your home, which is perfect during those cold winter months. Not only do these windows provide an excellent sense of insulation, but they can also prevent frost from forming at the bottom of windows and also act to sound proof your home to a large degree.

Insulated Glass

Much like gas filled windows, insulated glass is perfect for the home that is having issues with energy efficiency or heat loss. Insulated glass is perfect for keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler during those painfully hot summer months.

Insulated windows generally operating by being several panes thick. Industry standard is often two panes thick these days, but specialty insulated glass is three or even four panes thick, occasionally. In addition to this, insulated glass windows are also coated with a  low emittance coating that contributes to their ability to insulate your home. Much like gas filled glass, they are also great for contributing to sound proofing your home.

Heat Absorbing Tinted Glass

This type of glass contains certain chemicals that react to heat. This type of window usually have a blueish, bronze, or gray tint which helps directly absorb heat into it, rather than reflecting it into your home, which can cause additional heat or can contribute to what is traditionally known as a "green house effect".

Gray or bronze tinted windows can effectively reduce the amount of heat or light that enters into your house by absorbing the UV rays and then subsequently releasing the stored heat back outside, rather than into your home. These sorts of tinted glass are also reinforced, which make them far more difficult to break, which, in turn, makes for an added security boost to your home.

Low Emissivity Glass

Low emissivity, or low E, glass is a type of glass that absorbs a large portion of the sun's UV rays, while allowing all of the visible light to reflect and enter your home. This means that, while a great deal of the heat that attempts to enter your home will be absorbed, the vast majority of light that tries to get into your home will be allowed. What makes this glass especially unique is the fact that it "understands" that infrared light from outside should be blocked, but any infrared light that emitted from your home itself can be let outside. This makes for a uniquely efficient and powerful type of glass that is perfect for any new window installation.

Choosing a type of glass that is perfect for your new window installation can be a difficult process as there are a number of great choices when it comes to glass. Hopefully knowing some of your choices will make choosing new glass easier. For more information, visit resources like http://www.newmanroof.com.