The glass you choose for the windows in your home is one of the most important decisions you’ll make while building or renovating in Auckland.
Windows insulate us from temperature extremes and control the passage of light and heat. Picking the right glass for your needs will mean a more comfortable and healthy home for you and your family.
But how do you go about making this decision?
We’re here to help. Read below to find out more about your options, and why double glazing just might be a perfect choice.
Factors to Consider
When choosing glass for your windows, there are three main areas you need to consider:
- Natural light
- Solar heat gain
- Thermal conductivity
Each window type has different properties, allowing you to prioritise benefits based on your needs. There are options to reduce noise, to provide extra security, and to provide shelter from extreme weather. Think about what qualities are going to best suit your house and its location.
Double Glazing Benefits
Double glazing uses two panes of glass to reduce the transmission of both heat and sound. This style of window offers a wide array of benefits that most other glass types simply can’t beat.
With double glazed windows, your home will be comfortable all year round. The technology keeps the heat out in summer and the warmth in during winter.
You’ll enjoy a peaceful and quieter home with double glazed windows. They will dramatically cut down on any noise pollution from outside, leaving you to relax in silence.
Did you know that your windows play a large role in your home’s heating energy? With the wrong glass, you’ll lose up to 40% of the heat through your windows but with the best option, you’ll gain up to 87% heat. Double glazing offers great thermal performance, slashing your energy bills and saving you money.
The gas in between the two panes of glass in a double glazed window virtually eliminates any condensation during winter. This lack of moisture can help with allergies and saves your window framing from any damage.
Alternatives to Double Glazing
There are several legitimate alternatives to double glazing that will provide slightly different features to your home. These alternatives include:
- Clear Float Glass: Provides high light transmission and clarity but shatters easily and doesn’t offer any additional insulation.
- Tinted Glass: Absorbs solar energy to provide effective climate control but offers limited insulation and shatters easily.
- Reflective Glass: Offers greater solar control than tinted glass and can create an attractive visual effect, but again offers limited insulation benefits.
- Toughened Glass: Comparatively very strong and shatters into small, harmless pieces when broken. Various forms of glass can be toughened for extra security.
- Laminated Glass: Offers greater versatility as you can select an interlayer between the glass to provide properties such as improved insulation or security. Holds together when broken to reduce the risk of injury.
While these glass types offer their own benefits to your home, double glazing offers a wide array of ongoing advantages. Depending on where you live, double glazing could be a great investment that will improve comfort and save you money in the long run. Consider it as an option for your new home or renovations.
Find out if double glazed windows are the right choice for you. Chat with the Atlas Glass specialists today for a free quote and answers to your questions.