Whether you need to install brand new windows or just want to replace the ones you currently have, you should look into the different kinds of residential glass that are available. Here's an introduction to get you started:
Tinted Glass - similar to tinted glass for cars, you can get tinted glass for the windows in your home. These windows will primarily serve two purposes: to increase privacy and to reduce heat transmission from outside. The more opaque the glass is, the less light will get in, and thus the less of your house will be visible from outside the window. Similarly, a more opaque window will also lead to less heat being transferred by the sun into your home.
Annealed Glass - if a window claims to be annealed, then that means that it has been slowly cooled after the heating process. This leads to a higher resistance to environmental changes (such as temperature), but at the cost of a potential safety hazard. Due to the manufacturing process of annealed glass, it will not shatter when broken. Instead, it will break into large jagged shards, which can be extremely dangerous.
Tempered Glass - on the other hand, if glass is tempered, then that means that chemicals were carefully added to the heating process in order to create an extremely hard glass. Tempered glass is more susceptible to temperature changes than annealed glass, but it is also much safer in the event of a broken window, since it crumbles into very small pieces instead of large shards.
Reflective Glass - reflective glass is a special type of glass which is surrounded by a layer of metallic coating. This coating reflects light, which simultaneously creates a shiny exterior and reduces heat transmission through the windows. Although reflective glass is more common for industrial and professional uses, it can be used on residential homes.
Laminated Glass - if you want an extremely safe type of glass, then you should look into laminated glass. This style of window has a bonding component which prevents the window from shattering in the event that it is compromised.
Low Emission Glass - if you want to maintain the climate and temperature of your home, then look into low emission glass. This special variety operates by trapping heat inside the home while reflecting incoming light from the sun, including UV and infrared waves. This serves to maintain a stable temperature within the house.
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