As a homeowner, you want to put your best foot forward when it comes to maintaining and decorating your property. New windows can be a big part of that effort, allowing more light and offering attractive views, both internally and externally. Knowing which type of window glass is right for you will help you find the perfect design elements for your home.

 

Glass Types for Windows

Single Pane

This option is no longer a popular choice, given its poor ability to insulate temperature within your property and minimise noise production. They do, however, offer an old-world aesthetic that can aid your wider property’s theme.

Double pane

This type of window glass has two panes separated by a space that is filled with insulating gas, such as argon or krypton. It, therefore, offers improved insulation and better noise control than single-pane windows. They can also have highly aesthetic tinting options, however, because they require more glass than other options, can be harder to clean.

Triple pane

As the name suggests, triple plane glass is the next evolution with a third sheet of glass introduced and separated by more insulating gas. This, naturally, provides further noise cancellation and insulating properties, saving on ongoing energy expenses, but costing more to install.

Acrylic

Acrylic windows feature one pane of acrylic plastic instead of traditional glass panels. The acrylic is held in place using a spacer instead of an air pocket like other types, making it easier to produce larger panes that won’t break. When compared with double or triple-pane windows, these can also prove less expensive. Acrylic windows don’t offer the same insulation capabilities as other options, though. Heat transfer through them can easily occur because they aren’t completely sealed against air leaks

Tempered glass

Manufacturers heat large sheets of glass until the surface is soft, then quickly cool it so it becomes several times stronger than normal glass. It’s often used for both residential and commercial windows because it offers higher strength and resistance to thermal breakage. Tempered glass is much safer if broken, too. Instead of splintering like traditional glass, shards of tempered glass crumble into small chunks that are less likely to cause serious injury.

Laminated Glass

This type features two layers of heat-treated interlayers with a thin layer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral) resin sandwiched in between them. One or both layers can be made from low-e (low emissivity) materials. This type provides excellent insulation and soundproofing, as well as protection against burglars, flying debris, and windstorms.

Learn More on Window Glass Replacement in Melbourne

As you can see, there are several types of window glass available to homeowners today. For more information about your options and the processes behind window glass replacement in Melbourne, contact us at Five Star Glass and Caulking by calling 0413 417 039, or leaving a message on our online enquiry form.

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