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Common types of glass for windows explained

Different types of glass and their uses

Common glass types


When looking for windows for your home, choosing the right glass for the windows is crucial. The basic factors to consider when choosing the right glass are climate, orientation of your windows, acoustics and thermal insulation. There are various window glass types to choose from and all come with their unique properties and benefits. Let’s take a look at the 5 common types of glass so that you can make the best decision on the glass for your new home.

Float Glass

Float glass is a smooth, distortion-free glass which is used for producing other glass types such as laminated glass. They are two types of glass made by float process, clear glass and tinted glass. Tinted glass is a type of glass that is hued or altered to restrict excess heat and light while being visually transparent.

Double Glazed Glass (DGU)

DGU glass comprises of two panes of glass that are separated with a spacer and filled with argon gas in the gap. DGU glass significantly reduces the amount of heat that enters your home, so it help you save on energy bills! DGU glass is also more effective in reducing the noise that can enter your home.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is manufactured by bonding two layers of glass with a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). When laminated glass breaks, the interlayer works to support and hold glass shards in place to prevent glass from shattering dangerously. This provides increased security as the strength of laminated glass make it almost impossible to break.

Low-Emissivity (Low-e)

Low-E glass is a type of glass that has been treated with a microscopically thin, transparent coating, the coating is much thinner than a human hair. The coating minimizes the amount of ultraviolet light and infrared that comes through the glass while still allows as much daylight into your home as possible.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is a type of safety glass that has been treated with heat, high pressure and chemicals to make it up to four times stronger than standard glass. Tempered glass fractures into small, relatively harmless fragments when broken.

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