October 31, 2019

RESIDENTIAL GLASS TYPES AND APPLICATIONS

Residential glass is more than just simply windows and doors. There are a variety of different types of glass and different applications associated with them. They can be used to increase privacy and security in a home, enhance the aesthetics of a room, or improve the energy efficiency of a property. To help you understand your needs and options, here is a list with information on glass commonly requested by our customers for residential projects.

Insulated Glass

Insulated glass doors and windows are used for their energy efficiency. Keep in mind that different brands are rated at different levels of performance. In general, they are composed of two or three panes of glass and argon gas is placed in between the panes. Argon is used to minimize the transfer of heat through the glass. This gas is not harmful to people or pets in the event of a leak, it is also odorless and colorless. In addition to argon gas, insulated glass also contains a desiccant component to prevent condensation build up. If you have a window fogging up on your home, the seal is most likely leaking and the window should be repaired or replaced.

Safety and Security Window Film or Laminated Glass

Laminated glass and security window film are used for their strength and ability to protect people.  Security window film is frequently used in environments with strong storms to protect against flying debris such as tree limbs. Laminated glass is produced with intense heat and pressure. Two panes of glass are fused together with a thin layer of polyvinyl butyral between them. While both types of protection can break, the benefit is that each contains shattered glass and protects people and structures from harm.

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass is dark or considered to be colored glass. It is unique in that it can come in a variety of shades and colors. While people often associate it with automotive glass, tinted glass is a great solution for additional security in residential and commercial applications. Not only does it reduce heat and glare, tinted glass also increases privacy and protects people and interiors from harmful UV rays. Customers have also requested tinted glass for aesthetic purposes.

Obscured Glass

Obscured glass is typically used for privacy purposes. This type of glass allows light to transfer; however, it cannot be seen through clearly. For example, frosted, etched, and coated glass are all types of obscure glass. It is used primarily in bathrooms, door ways, and garage doors.

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Mirrored Glass

Mirrored glass is exactly what it sounds like. The glass appears to be reflective due to a metal coating and protective sealant applied to one side. The coating creates a mirror effect. This type of glass is traditionally used for decorative applications on items such as walls, doors, and furniture.

Float Glass

Float glass gets its name from the manufacturing process used to produce it. Molten glass is floated on top of molten tin and creates extremely smooth and thin large panels of glass. Its applications include insulated glass, windows, doors, tabletops and shelves. It is also inexpensive and colorless.

Low-Emissivity Glass

Low emissivity or Low-E refers to a surface condition that emits low levels of thermal energy. Therefore, low-emissivity glass reflects thermal radiation or UV rays and it is used in houses for its energy efficiency performance. The coating on this type of glass is unique because in the winter it reflects heat back into a house and in the summer it reflects heat away from a house. The initial cost for Low-E glass is high but over time you will spend less on heating and cooling your home. Lastly, this type of coating can appear to have a tinting effect, so research which type you would like before it is installed in your home.

Glass Inc. Residential Glass

There are a number of different types of residential glass to choose from. It can be overwhelming if you are not sure what your project or application calls for. Glass Inc. is here to help and has been providing Atlanta, GA with residential glass services for over 40 years. Whether you are building a new construction, renovating your home, or in need of a replacement piece, Glass Inc. can assist you with all of your glass needs. Give us a call today to receive a free quote for your home.

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