From an outside perspective, all windows may seem exactly the same. However, even windows that appear identical in size and shape can be quite different in terms of construction and building materials. The type of glass used in a window can significantly alter the integrity and energy-efficiency of the window as a whole. Below you’ll find a few different types of window glass commonly used in residential buildings as well as the advantages of each type.
Many standard windows are installed with annealed glass. A budget-friendly option, annealed glass is quite reliable and durable because of the process used to create it. Annealing is a process in which the hot glass panel is cooled very slowly from within a temperature-controlled kiln or oven. The temperature within these kilns is still extremely high, but it allows the glass to cool at a very slow rate. This reduces the glass’s potential to crack or break as it is wont to do when exposed to drastically different temperatures. This process also relieves the glass of any internal stresses, including those that may be imperceptible to the naked eye.
Of the different types of window glass, float glass is among the most common. Created from molten glass, float glass is shaped into large, thin panels that are then floated into a pool of molten metal. This creates a smooth, flat surface with uniform thickness throughout. After the glass undergoes the annealing process and is brought down to a safe temperature, the large glass panels can be cut to a window’s specific dimensions. Float glass is a popular choice for residential windows because it yields a high degree of light transmission and can be produced in a wide variety of colors, opacities, and shapes.
Insulated glass lends an element of energy-efficiency that other types of glass don’t typically provide. Insulated glass is often comprised of several panes of glass with argon interspersed between each layer. Because insulated glass is tempered and utilizes multiple glass panes, it’s much less resistant to cracks and breakages. Even if one glass pane does break, though, the others surrounding it will still protect you. Insulated glass is the best option for homeowners hoping to steer clear of window condensation. The desiccant between each layer of glass prevents the formation of condensation between windowpanes, thereby reducing the likelihood of mold growth within the window.
To install custom windows in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas, or for further questions regarding the best type of window glass for your home, contact our team at the Window Source of the Rockies.