glass windows

How to get the most out of your windows

Glass windows are the standard in home construction, but in fact, there’s a wide range of glass that can types that can be used. Whether you’re planning to make upgrades in your home or are building from the ground up, your windows play a crucial role in making your home comfortable and energy efficient. Here’s a quick guide to the types of glass you can use and their associated advantages.

Safety glass

This is a type of glass that’s commonly used to make windshields and vehicle windows. It’s made by sandwiching a layer of polyvinyl butyral between two glass panes. This generates a strong window that, doesn’t create jagged shards if it shatters. Instead, it forms pebble-like bits that are unlikely to cause injury. This type of glass if often used for large patio doors and offers increased security.


Obscured glass
This is glass that allows light to come in but can’t be seen through. It may be frosted, etched or coated. It’s often used for custom glass shower enclosures as well as bathroom windows. This is a great choice if you want to maximize natural light while preserving privacy.


Tinted glass
More commonly seen on vehicles, tinted glass is coloured. While this is usually done for esthetic reasons, it can also enhance privacy and reduce the heat from sunlight, helping out with energy efficiency. It’s often used for decorative panels and skylights. 


Insulated glass
This type of glass is perfect for homeowners who want to maximize both energy efficiency and natural light. It’s made of two or three glass panes separated by argon gas, ensuring maximum insulation. This material will help maintain energy efficiency by drastically cutting down on heat transfer between the inside and outside. 


Low-E glass
Show for low emissivity, low-E glass is treated with a special coating that reflects thermal radiation. The coating essentially reflects infrared rays while allowing light through. Since windows are one of the main points where energy loss occurs, either because they heat up in the summer or cool down in the winter, low-E coatings will likely save you a significant amount on energy costs.


Glass experts in the GTA
When choosing a material for your windows, it’s important to speak with a professional so they can point you to the best choice for your needs. This is also true if you’re planning on completing custom glass construction, such as curtain walls or railings. For professional service, you can trust the experts at Northstar Glass. We have extensive experience with a range of residential and commercial projects, so contact us today for a free estimate.

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