Prior to the 1970's most windows contained only single pane glass. During the energy crisis many advances were made in the production of glass. Several options are now available, so that you may choose the level of comfort and energy efficiency that you desire.
Dual pane insulated glass with Intercept® Warm-Edge spacer is approximately twice as effective as a single pane of glass in reducing heat transfer. It is created by sealing two single panes of glass to a spacer, creating an insulating chamber that traps air, so that heat does not pass through the window. This means that your house will stay warmer in the winter, and cooler in summer, so you save money on your energy bills and are comfortable all year long.
LoE2 Glass is coated with two microscopically thin metallic layers, which reflect radiant heat while permitting the passage of visible light. In hot climates, LoE2 glass reflects unwanted solar heat, helping to keep your home cooler and reduce cooling costs. LoE2 glass helps keep you rhome warmer in the winter as well by reflecting radiant heat back into your home. This not only keeps you more comfortable, but also helps to reduce heating expenses. LoE2 glass blocks 84% of ultraviolet rays, which will protect your drapes, furnishings and carpets from fading caused by the sun.
Laminate glass, created by bonding two pieces of glass together with an inner layer of rugged, transparent plastic, is widely used in auto windshields. Although it is transparent, this tough film is 99.9% effective in blocking ultraviolet rays, prolonging the life of your furnishings. Laminate glass provides superior noise reduction, reducing sound transmission by as much as 50% when compared to ordinary glass. If broken, the glass will adhere to the plastic inner layer, helping to prevent injury caused by shards of glass, therefore making it safer than other types of glass.
Tinted glass works to reduce heat transfer by filtering out ultraviolet light and infrared radiation. Because tinting can also reduce the amount of light transmitted, it is reserved primarily for warm climates, or for windows with a southern or western exposure. Tinted glass may also be combined with LoE2 for maximum energy efficiency. Galaxy Windows offers Bronze, Green and Gray tinted glass options.
Tempered glass, sometimes referred to as safety glass, is 4 to 5 times stronger than ordinary annealed window glass. This provides an extra measure of protection for your family. When tempered glass breaks, it breaks into small pieces that are not sharp or jagged. In the event of an accident, someone is much less likely to be hurt.
Obscure glass offers privacy where window coverings are not desired, in areas such as bathrooms or for use in sidelights. Obscure glass provides a translucent, rather than transparent appearance.