Maximizing Home Efficiency and Safety with Window Glazing
Windows are an integral element of a house or any building, providing ventilation and lighting during the daytime while ensuring privacy indoors. Window designs have evolved due to technological advancements. The term glazing is derived from the word ‘glass’ and refers to a wall or window constructed from glass. It also means the process of cutting, installation, and removal of glass. The use of energy-efficient windows and glazings helps in reducing energy consumption and indoor pollution levels. Glazed windows are high-performance window designs that reduce heat transfer, condensation, and air leakage. Whatever type of window and whatever type of home you’re planning to build, the chances are you’ll find your dream material somewhere on this list:
- Patterned Glass
Patterned glass is simply traditional annealed glass that is then heated and passed between rollers whose surfaces hold the mold. Patterned glass is typically used internally more than it is used for external features.
- Mirrored Glass
Though it’s quite a unique look, mirrored glass is still used in many modern builds. Mirrored glass is relatively simple to create: a metal coating made of silver, aluminum, gold, or chrome is applied to the glass and then sealed with an additional protective layer. It’s also possible to create one-way mirrors by using a thinner metal coating and then not sealing the window.
- Laminated Glass
This form of glass is created by taking two or more sheets of annealed glass and then feeding the gaps between them using interlayers of polymeric material. There are several pluses to laminated glass. The interlayer holds the panes in place, even if they are broken, making it one of the least dangerous forms of glass available to modern homeowners. Many modern skylights are created using laminated glass for their interior and tougher glass for the exterior, the combination offering the best of both worlds in terms of safety and security.
- Toughened Glass
Toughened glass is treated in a way that makes it far more resistant to breakage than the traditional material. When it does break, it does so in a safer manner, collapsing into smaller, crumblier pieces. Toughened glass is made using a thermal tempering process. A sheet of traditional glass is heated to above the annealing point – 600 degrees Celsius. Once it reaches this point, the surfaces are cooled rapidly while the center of the pane is left at the same temperature. This variation in cooling rates produces different physical properties, a mix of tensile and comprehensive stresses. In turn, this gives the glass a higher resistance to both traditional forms of breakage and to heat-related damage.
- Annealed Glass
This is a standard flat glass. Common glass tends to break into large, jagged shards, which is why in recent years it has become less popular for those people seeking safer and more secure windows and doors. It is worth noting, though, that even the standard glass produced today is of very high quality and can still be very effective when used in double glazing.
These are the main forms of glass used for domestic glazing. In some cases, it might be better to invest in types of glazing with a special coating. When you have got special coated glass, you can not only get the same level of insulation you would with a triple-glazed unit, but you can also get extra benefits. This includes enhanced security and improved noise reduction.