If you’re like most homeowners, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about upgrading your windows is undoubtedly the frame material.
The sort of glass used in those frames may appear to be an afterthought, or you may not know that you have any control over it at all.
In fact, while selecting the proper type of glass for your windows may appear to be a small matter, it can have significant implications for your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.
Glass is singularly the most important element of your new windows, and it plays a major role in defining the performance of your windows and, ultimately, your home
The starting point for most of us when we buy new windows is that we want to improve the energy efficiency of our home and reduce the cost simultaneously.
Double-glazed and Triple-glazed windows can serve this purpose significantly by using two sheets of glass in the case of double-glazed and three for triple-glazed units with a gap in between to create an insulating barrier.
You must also remember that it is a valuable investment in your home in the long term.
When you opt for quality products, your new windows and doors should last for a very long time. We urge you to think in decades rather than years.
With proper consideration of the characteristics of glass available, the selection and design of your ideal window can be achieved.
What’s the Best—Air or Inert Gas?
IGUs were normally filled with air, but when the air warms and cools, it forms warm zones at the top and cold areas at the bottom of the window. Heat transmission is reduced by replacing the air with a less conductive gas, which improves the glazing’s performance and lowers the unit’s U-factor, or rate of heat transfer. The majority of today’s IGUs are filled with either argon or krypton gas. Both gases are odorless, harmless, nonreactive, and transparent.
Argon gas is more cost-effective than krypton – opt for double-glazed windows filled with argon gas.
Krypton gas takes up less space than argon gas – opt for triple-glazed windows.
For strength and breakage resistance, tempered glass is often the first consideration. For flexibility, UV resistance, security, and sound considerations, laminated glass is often the product of choice.
Low-E coatings have been designed to allow for high, moderate, or low solar heat gain. This innovation helps control the total amount of heat transferred through the panes and allows builders to tailor windows to the housing needs.
Tempered glass is heated and then cooled very quickly during the manufacturing process; this rapid change in temperature makes it about four times stronger than untreated glass.
● Higher solar-gain coatings allow more heat from the sun into a home or building, so they’re most commonly used in parts of the country with long, harsh winters.
● Lower solar-gain coatings block approximately 75 percent of the sun’s heat, so they’re a popular option in warm climates.
Glass is an amorphous material that is often valued for its ability to transmit, reflect and refract light. It is generally durable but brittle and comes in many varieties that have special properties in areas such as strength, safety, thermal insulation, and heat resistance.
At Deltra, we handpick our glass selection and provide you with the best that technology has to offer. As a result of this, by installing Deltra windows you can protect your interiors from climatic hazards. Our windows are – Weather Resistant, Maintenance Free, High Sound Insulated, Highly Secured, Thermal Efficiency Insulated, and Durable.
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