Window glass is something that many people take for granted until it breaks or your windows need replacing. Most are not aware that they have choices when it comes to the type of replacement glass they use. Here are some of the most common types of window glass and their uses.
Clear or Annealed Glass
This is the most common type of glass used for windows in your home. It is the cheapest in terms of the initial cost. Glass that has been annealed has been through a special process that does not add any strength, but it will break into larger pieces if broken. This makes it less of a threat for injury. It is the cheapest initially, but it does not save on energy efficiency, and it is a poor insulator.
Heat-Absorbing Tinted Glass
Heat absorbing tinted glass is another option that many homeowners choose. This glass has a tint that will absorb solar heat and help to reduce your winter heating bills. You choose a green, bronze, or gray tint that also reduces glare. These windows can reduce your energy costs by up to 45%, which makes up for the initial cost over time.
Reflective glass has a mirror film and that reduces the amount of light entering your home. These coatings help reduce solar heat absorption in the summer and reduce cooling costs. They also help to control glare. You will see this type of glass on many tall office buildings.
Insulated glass comes in double and triple panes. A clear gas is pumped into the space between the layers to provide insulation. These windows can significantly reduce energy costs in both the summer and winter. They might cost a little more to install, but the cost savings are often worth it.
Laminated glass has a coating inserted between the panes of glass. This not only provides insulation, but it can help to reduce noises from the outside, too. It filters 99% of UV rays and is more durable than standard glass.
The right type of glass can save you a significant amount
Now you know several different types of glass that you can consider when replacing your windows. Professionally installed windows with the right type of glass can save you a significant amount on your heating and cooling bills over time. Even if you do not think that it is time for a replacement, there are many reasons why you should consider it to save you money over time.