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5 Common Types of Glass for the Windows in Your Home

June 26, 2020
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When you close your eyes and visualize the house of your dreams, you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about the windows.

Sure, they’re not the most exciting part of the house. But taking some time to decide which types of glass you want to use in each room is more important than you think.

“Which types are these?” you ask. Keep reading to learn the answer!

1. Float Glass

Float glass is a very thin type of glass and it is the base of many of the other types of glass in this article.

Made from molten glass, which is poured into a tin in order to create window panels, this type is quite fragile and easy to break, which is why it’s not typically used by itself.

However, because it is the starting point for some of the most high-quality types of glass windows you can get nowadays, we had to include it on the list!

2. Laminated Glass

If you want your windows to provide your home with as much safety as possible, laminated glass is the right choice for you.

Composed of two panes of float glass and an interior layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) resin, this type of glass is much stronger than other alternatives and it is very difficult to shatter.

Additionally, laminated glass can protect you from ultraviolet rays and it even has sound reduction qualities.

3. Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is made through a process of annealing, in which it is cooled down at a slow pace in order to keep it strong. This is followed by the process of tempering, to make it even more durable.

The thing about tempered glass is that, although it can’t be cut, it can’t be shattered if you hit it strong enough. And when you do, it doesn’t break into a million little (and dangerous) pieces.

For this reason, this type of glass is commonly used for emergency exits that need to be easy to break.

4. Obscured Glass

If you value your privacy just as much as you value natural light, you should look into obscured glass.

Thanks to the designs, features, and patterns used to create obscured glass, it’s impossible to see through it. So you can rest assured that your private life always remains private.

However, natural light can still penetrate the glass. So there’s no need to always have the lights on.

This type of glass is typically used for entry doors, bathroom windows, and shower doors.

5. Tinted Glass

Lastly, we have tinted glass. This is the perfect type of glass window for people who want nothing but to protect their privacy.

This type of glass has a coat of coloring. And besides preventing people from peaking inside your home, it will also protect you and your family from UV rays and will make your place more eco-friendly. Plus, it always looks amazing!

Choosing Between the Different Types of Glass for Residential Windows

There are even more types of glass and windows than the ones we listed today. Picking the right one for you depends on what you value the most, the aesthetics you’re trying to achieve, and your budget.

Here at Atlantic Glass, we can help you make the perfect decision for each room, so get in touch with us today to receive a free quote!

1 Comment
  1. Olivia Smart

    Thank you for explaining that obscured glass can give you natural light with some privacy. We’ve been wondering what kind of glass to get for our bathroom. I’ll have to look into this more, but it seems like it could be a good investment.

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