It’s Not Just About the Frames: We Discuss the Glazing Options Available for Your Vinyl Window Replacement
Windows, and more specifically glazing, has evolved significantly during the past couple of decades. The improvements in quality, security and energy-efficiency properties have been vast. Many homeowners place a great emphasis on the actual window frames. The frames are an important part of any window replacement project because they can be used to complement the appearance of the existing architecture of a home. Aside from considering the visual aspect, it is also necessary to understand the importance of selecting suitable glazing. Attributes such as security, safety, sound reduction, UV protection and thermal insulation are just some of the ways in which glazing can benefit your home. What we’re trying to say is that glazing is just as important as the frames in a vinyl window replacement project.
Some of the Most Popular Glazing Options Available to You
There are a number of popular glazing options that are available to homeowners who may be considering vinyl window replacement. You should consider each available option and decide upon which one most closely matches your requirements. Below we are going to briefly discuss some of the most popular options.
- Low-E Glass Helps to Insulate the Home – This type of glazing is particularly useful in locations such as Durham, Markham, Richmond Hill and Scarborough, where temperatures can drop well below freezing during winter. The glass benefits from a thin coating which reflects the heat back into your home instead of letting it escape outside. The result of this will invariably be seen with a decrease in your energy bills. Additionally, the Low-E glass also provides protection against UV rays which can cause interior fabric to fade.
- Reduce the Amount of Times You Clean Your Windows – Self-cleaning glass benefits from a coating that works in conjunction with UV rays to decompose organic materials on the surface of the window. When it then rains, the decomposed material is simply washed away.
- Safety is Paramount – In the unfortunate event of an accident occurring involving a glass window, you undoubtedly want to reduce the risk of injury to yourself, your family, friends and pets. Tempered glass is one of the safest glazing options available and can easily be incorporated into any vinyl window replacement project. The glass does not break into jagged, sharp pieces when it is broken which reduces the risk of injury to those in the immediate area.
- Security and Sound Reduction Properties – If you live in a home that suffers from excessive outside noise pollution, then laminated glass may be the perfect solution. This type of glass has two vinyl layers which cushion the effect of noise within the home. Additionally, laminated glass is exceptionally strong which reduces the risk of unwanted intruders gaining access to your home. Window companies also recommend this type of glass due to its UV protection properties, which helps to preserve interior fabrics such as curtains, furniture and carpets.
Before deciding upon which type of glass to use in your vinyl window replacement project, it is advisable to contact a reputable window company such as Superior Home Improvements. Our experienced and friendly staff will discuss the glazing options available to you and answer any other questions you may have. Call us on 416-287-0333 for an informal chat about your window replacement requirements.