Understanding a few of the types of glass that is available for custom window installation will help you make a better-informed decision on which glass is right for your project. While there are more than seven, we’ve outlined the top seven below.
Safety Laminated Glass
This glass is often used in vehicles for their windshields but it’s becoming more popular to use it in homes as well. As the name suggests, the glass is put inside a laminated exterior to help keep the glass intact during impact.
Another popular choice for vehicles that are slowly making its way into homes is tinted glass. As more people focus on esthetically pleasing home exteriors, tinting the windows on a garage, guest house, or pool home is a popular way to keep excess sunlight at bay. This also helps keep homes eco-friendly and reduce energy bills.
Tempered glass is a glass that’s built to withstand extreme conditions. Often, you’ll find tempered glass in homes on dining room tables, as end tabletops, and on appliances.
The highest form of energy-efficient windows are the ones using insulated glass. This glass is often found on sky rise buildings, offices, in many downtown apartments and hotels as exterior windows. The glass is usually a combination of tempered or laminated and then is customized to have insulation benefits so there’s no condensation between panels.
When the glass is given a metallic coating, this is called mirrored glass. And often in homes, this is used as a decorative feature, not an exterior one.
eGlass windows are popular for homes because they are built to reflect the heat in the summer and absorb it in the winter. That process helps keep heating and cooling expenses at bay. While you may pay a bit more upfront, the long-term savings are worth it.
Hospitals, schools, and many industrial buildings use wired glass because it is fire-resistant. It’s not common to use this glass in homes, but if you live in a fire-prone area, talk with your custom window installation company if this may be an option worth considering.