Consider Various Glass Options when Replacing Windows in Colorado Springs

by | Jun 11, 2013 | Home Improvement

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Replacement windows add value to a home and may lower energy bills, depending on the type of Windows Colorado Springs selected. When you go to select windows, you’ll find you have a number of glass options to select from. The type you choose should be based on many factors, including what the windows will be used for and whether or not you wish to add a decorative touch to the home. Here are the basic types of window glass to choose from when purchasing Windows In Colorado Springs.

1. Low-E or low-emissive glass comes with a film applied to one surface of the glass or suspended between the glass panes. Light enters through the film, but the film blocks some solar rays to help control temperatures in the home. On hot summer days, longer wave radiant heat is blocked from entering the home while, on cold days, radiant interior heat cannot escape. In addition, the film blocks UV rays and reduces fading of upholstery and carpets. When buying Windows Colorado Springs, you may wish to choose windows with Low-E and argon. Argon gas inserted between the two panes increases the insulation value of the windows.

2. Safety glass may be required in certain applications and here you will have options also. Safety glass may be laminated, wire-reinforced or tempered and is appropriate for any situation where someone may walk through a window. Laminated glass comes with a plastic film which keeps the glass together if it is broken while tempered glass is heat-treated so the glass crumbles rather than shatters if broken.

3. Tinted glass is an option in areas where glare is a problem. Available with either a gray or bronze cast, tinted windows limit the amount of heat and light from the sun which may enter the home.

Consider all types of glass when choosing your new windows. You may find you want tinted glass in certain areas of the home or office and safety glass in those areas adjacent to a street. If you are unsure of which type of window glass to select, speak to the installer. He or she will be happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type for your home or office.

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