Choosing the best glass for your windows is important. This is because the correct type of glass not only makes the house look beautiful but also makes residents in the house comfortable.
Flat large panels are made from molten glass. These panels are called float glass. Float glass adds aesthetic appeal to windows. Float glass is low-cost and ideal if you want a cost-effective option for windows.
Annealing is the process by which float glass is cooled using a controlled and meticulous process. Once float glass is annealed, it becomes durable. Annealed glass should be used for windows carefully. If the glass breaks, it leaves sharp pieces. The glass is not suitable for windows near high traffic areas where injury may be caused.
Tempered glass is a strong form of annealed glass. Annealed glass is cut and formed at first. It is heated to above 1200 degrees and quickly cooled to make it strong. Tempered glass is also called safety glass. Tempered glass is the most suitable type of glass for French windows.
Tinted glass is as the name suggests, glass with color added. This type of glass gives you privacy, shade from sunlight and, protection from UV rays. If you want a little more privacy, you can place tinted glass in your window.
If you want light to come into the room but do not want to see through the glass, obscured glass is the best option for your window. Obscured glass has a wide range of designs including etched, coated or, frosted. These are often used for bathroom windows. If you want natural light indoors without compromising on your privacy, obscured glass is your best option.
Safety Laminated Glass
Safety laminated glass is a very strong type of glass. Two panes are fused with a layer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral). If you want a strong and safe window where glass stays in the frame even when it is broken, safety laminated glass is your best choice.
Insulated glass helps you save money on energy bills. Two or three panes of glass are fused and argon is placed to fill the spaces between the panes. The panes are made of tempered or laminated glass. You should consider insulated glass for your exterior windows if you want to lower your cooling and heating costs.
Wired glass is fire-resistant. It is usually used for windows in commercial establishments, schools and, hospitals. It is rarely used in a residential building. If you are looking for fire-resistant glass for your windows, this is your best option.
Heat Strengthened Glass
Annealed glass is heated above 1200 and then cooled. The cooling process is slower than tempered glass. It is not as strong as tempered glass. It is often used as a glass façade for commercial and multi-storied buildings. The glass is heat resistant and snow resistant.
This is a coated glass that allows light but deflects heat. It is a costly investment but results in lower energy costs in the long run.
The best glass for your windows depends on the location of the window, local building rules and, your unique requirements.
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