Just because you can see right through them doesn’t mean there isn’t a bunch of secret stuff going on with your windows. Windows do a lot of work to keep your home safe and energy efficient, and knowing what goes into them makes you appreciate them even more. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about windows or glass in general:
1. There is gas in some types of windows helping you with energy efficiency.
Some window types are filled with gas, usually argon or krypton. The gas helps resist heat flow and therefore keeps things a little cooler inside.
2. Tempered Glass Breaks Into Pieces, Not Shards
One of the scary things about a broken window is that it can break into jagged pieces which are very dangerous to clean up. You risk a great deal of injury, especially with the pieces that remain in the window. Tempered glass is heat-treated so that it is tougher than other types of glass. This is the kind you might prefer in your bathrooms because if it does break, it’ll usually stay within the frame though it appears to be shattered.
Any pieces that do come apart will almost look like cubes, making clean up easier and safer.
3. The Frames Also Matter
Your window frames are just as important as the glass they hold. Old window frames are probably causing your home to lose a lot of energy. You’ve probably noticed that if you have metal frames, your home heats up more quickly during summer. Without insulation, you experience a great deal of energy loss, especially when you heat your home in the winter.Wood, vinyl, or fiberglass frames are just a few of the energy efficient options available to you.
You have a lot of wonderful options to consider when replacing any glass structures in your home. Whether it’s your windows, the sliding glass door to your shower, or a large bathroom mirror, we can help you determine which products are the best for your region, how your particular neighborhood affects these choices, and what styles complement your home.
To learn more about how to make your home more energy-efficient, you should speak to a professional who can tell you more about window design that saves you money in the long run and also gives your home an attractive upgrade. So go ahead and give us a call at 626-254-0614.