In this, the United Nations designated “International Year of Glass,” we wish to highlight the importance of glass in the context of home windows and patio doors. It’s the kind of glass that helps us keep our homes at a steady temperature, provides more privacy, and protects the interior of our homes from dangerous ultraviolet radiation.
Thanks to technological advances, you can find glass that does all of the above. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home or creating your dream home, you should learn more about these glass options and what they can do for your new windows and patio doors.
The twenty-first century is establishing itself as the century of energy efficiency. Electric cars, LED light bulbs, blinds, and drapes are no exception. Windows and doors are no exception. The glass efficiency varies.
Now, no matter what type of window you buy today, it will most likely be more energy efficient than previous generations. However, some glass options, such as Low-E glass, go above and beyond. Low-E glass, which is available in both Low-E2 and Low-E3, can bring energy-efficient protection to your windows and doors. Low-E3 glass is especially effective because it has many layers of metallic coatings that limit solar heat gain, allowing you to manage interior temperatures in your home and keeping your space comfortable regardless of the season.
Obscure glass, commonly used in sidelights and bathroom windows, provides privacy while still letting sunshine into the home. The aesthetic appearance of obscure glass is formed during the production process and is available in various forms. Rain glass, which is made to look like rain dripping down the surface, is one of the most popular patterns. Patterned glass has a frosted-over appearance, giving it a slightly different aesthetic than rain glass.
Reed glass, which typically resembles waves flowing over the window, is another type of opaque glass that inspires thoughts of water. Depending on the intended look, these waves might be narrow or wide.
Then there’s scalloped glass, a prevalent type of obscure glass with a raised, broken appearance. The scalloped glass comes in various styles, with some having a “rougher” appearance than others.
Finally, before we leave this subject, we’d want to bring up acid-etched glass. This type of obscure glass usually has a satin finish and a translucent appearance, giving it a no-nonsense, classic style that minimalists appreciate.
Many homeowners desire to minimize the amount of light that enters their homes while still allowing them to see outside. This is possible using tinted glass, which has grown in popularity in recent years.
Tinted glass provides a novel appearance while also giving privacy. Furthermore, most tinted glass is designed to reduce solar heat gain and block UV rays, lowering energy expenses and protecting your furniture and carpeting.
You can also have tinted windows with Low-E glass if you want them to be extremely energy efficient. Many manufacturers provide both Low-E2 and Low-E3 glass on their tinted goods, allowing you to select windows and doors that have a distinct appearance while also being extremely energy efficient.
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