When it comes to replacement windows in Carlsbad, CA you assume glass is just glass. The truth is, there are a lot of different glazing options to consider. Modern technologies make these windows safer and more efficient than ever before. Not sure which options and upgrades will fit in your budget? We can help. Here are just some of the most popular glazing upgrades to keep in mind:
Number of Panes
The first thing you want to decide on is the number of panes you want in your insulated glazing unit (IGU). Very few windows are made with a single pane of glass because it does very little to prevent heat transfer. Two panes of glass are standard on most modern windows. But homeowners can also choose three panes of glass for added protection and insulation. The panes are set apart with a spacer and sealed as a single unit. Each additional pane of glass will make the product more expensive, but will also improve safety, security, soundproofing, and insulation.
In the past, windows simply had air trapped between the panes of glass. But air molecules expand and contract with temperature fluctuations which weakened the seals on IGUs. Today companies manufacture windows with inert gas fills. Inert gasses have more density and are not as volatile. They do not expand and contract, making them a much better insulator. The three most common gasses used are argon, krypton, and xenon. They are odorless, colorless, and non-toxic. Each one has unique properties and it is important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision on the gas fill for your windows.
Window tints are another common upgrade to consider when choosing replacement windows. You can use tinting to offer privacy, eliminate glare, reduce heat transfer, and stop harmful UV rays. There are a lot of unique options available including solar film, glare control, mirror film, decorative film, security film, ceramic non-reflective film, and metalized film. Each comes with a unique look and serves a unique purpose.
Low-E stands for low emissivity. For this glazing upgrade, manufacturers apply an ultra-thin, metallic layer to certain surfaces of the glass. They developed this technology to help minimize the transmittance of infrared and ultraviolet light without compromising the amount of visible light transmitting through. During the summer, radiant heat gets reflected back outside. And during winter, the reverse happens, and radiant heat gets reflected back inside. This insulating benefit means less reliance on heating and cooling to keep the home comfortable.
Another upgrade to keep in mind is safety glass. Special coatings and applications improve the strength and durability of the glass. Laminated glass is made by bonding layers of glass with a resin, usually polyvinyl butyral (PVB). The impact resistant glass largely remains in place, even when it breaks. Tempered glass involves heating the glass to an extreme temperature and rapidly cooling it to improve strength so it is better at resisting force. And if the glass does break, it shatters into pieces that are much smaller and less dangerous.