If you have embarked on home renovations, one of the decisions you would have to make is what type of glass to use in the structure. Traditionally, annealed glass was the main option homeowners would choose from glaziers when it came to the windowpanes of their home. Despite being an economical option, this type of glass does not provide your residence with other features such as safety or energy efficiency. This is why it is a good idea to consider another type of glass that could benefit you in an assortment of applications in and around the home. So what are some of the options available to you when choosing glass for residential use?
This is also referred to as safety glass. Although it is not unbreakable, it reduces the risk of becoming injured if it is to shatter. It is capable of doing this, as the glass will break into large chunks rather than minuscule shards. This makes it easy to collect and eliminate without posing the risk of serious injury. Tempered glass is created using a controlled thermal process that functions to expose the glass to varying pressures. This results in a hardened exterior as well as interior.
This is also known as security glass. This type of glass is characterised by being quite difficult to break into. In the event that someone tries to break it, the pieces of glass will stay in place and not shatter to the floor. This makes this type of glass suitable for individuals who are looking to beef up the security of their windows. Laminated glass comprises two or more panes of glass that have polymer interlays in between them to strengthen their adherence to each other. The more panes of glass used to create the laminated glass, the greater its innate strength, which reduces the likelihood of it becoming compromised. Other than security purposes, you can also use your laminated glass at high-risk areas such as pool fencing or as balustrading.
During extreme temperatures, you will find that the ambient heat in your home will become affected by the temperature outdoors. This, in turn, will mean an increase in your energy bills as you try to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures through artificial heating and cooling. To prevent this, you should opt for low emission glass. This type of glass functions to decrease the amount of thermal gain and thermal loss through your windows.
For more information, contact a window replacement company.