There are many types of glass that you can use for home or commercial use. They can be used to maximise aesthetics and functionality. As windows are part of the exterior building envelope, they have a big impact on how the overall design of the house is perceived.
Double glazed glass
Offers so many benefits such as improving energy efficiency of your home, reducing noise transmission and improving overall security. This has two layers of glass with a sealed space in between creating a layer of insulation between the glass. Having double glazed windows installed in your home can have an impact on your utility bill as it will prevent heated or cooled indoor air from escaping outside. There is grey tinted glass that can reduce solar heat gain along with glare. But you will still be able to enjoy natural sunlight in the building which can create an inviting indoor environment. The grey tint is responsible for absorbing and then reflecting back a significantamount of the heat and light so that it doesn’t come into the house. You can use grey tinted glass in areas with a lot of exposure to the sun. A downside of direct sunlight coming into the house is fading of furniture. This can be prevented by grey tinted glass.
Frosted glass allows
You to maintain privacy in indoor areas while still illuminating it with natural sunlight. You can use frosted glass in bathrooms or even in entrance areas. For example, frosted glass can be used in the entrance door as a pattern so that your lobby area is still illuminated without allowing anybody from outside to see inside. You can have frosted glass customised with different textures and patterns in order to improve aesthetic appeal. You can even have tinted or coloured frosted glass that can help create a decorative element. If you are looking for a way to minimise sound transmission into a building, especially when you are located near a busy street or urban area, acoustic glass is an ideal option. There are several layers of glass in this along with an acoustic interlayer which absorbs sound vibrations and dampens them. This will help create a quieter indoor environment.
You can also use low-emissivity or low-E glass to improve energy efficiency.
They have improved thermal insulation and they are able to reduce heat transfer to a considerable degree. You can also save your utility bill as you will be relying less on your heating and cooling system. There are even integrated blinds that are venetian blinds built-in between double glazed glass. The benefit of this glass is that you can do away with traditional window coverings such as curtains and blinds. You can control the blinds inside the glass manually or through a motorised system so that light and privacy levels can be adjusted easily. And because the blinds are sealed inside the gap between two glass layers, there is no need to worry about cleaning dust.