If you are in the process of replacing the windows in your home, you may be considering the different types of windows and glass available on the market. Below is a guide to the different types of glass you can have installed in the windows of your home.
In a lot of ways, laminated glass is exactly the same as the standard glass used in other windows. It is manufactured in much the same way. However, it differs in one important respect. Laminated glass consists of two separate sheets of glass which are bonded together using an extremely tough transparent plastic material. If the window is broken, the plastic will help to stop the glass from splintering as shards of glass will stick to the plastic material. This feature helps to reduce the risk of cuts and other injuries.
Solar Reflective Glass
Solar reflective glass is specially tinted on the outside. This tinting means that the glass will reflect a large proportion of the thermal energy associated with sunlight while still providing a clear view of the outside from the interior of the building. This type of glass is ideal during the long Australian summers, when you may wish to have natural light entering a room but are concerned about your home becoming too warm. Solar reflective glass is available in a wide range of tints, which means you can select the level of reflection that is right for you.
Acoustic glass is manufactured using a special core layer. This core layer prevents sound waves from causing the panes of glass from vibrating against each other, helping to create a barrier against outside noise. This barrier can be especially helpful if you live in a location that has a lot of noise pollution such as a highway or airport, as excess environmental noise entering your home can lead to poor sleep, increased stress and reduced concentration levels.
Design glass features a range of different patterns, colours and textures which can help to reduce the visibility afforded by the window while still allowing light to pass through the glass. This type of glass is ideal for use locations such as bathrooms, where you wish to maintain a level of privacy.
If you would like further information about the different types of glass that are available, you should contact a glass manufacturer today. They will be able to discuss your needs before carrying out work to install new windows in your home.