Selecting the right impact resistant glass
This is an important part of your window and door selection.
Select between laminated glass or insulated laminated glass.
Laminated Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass
It consists of two glass sheets joined together with a protective intermediate layer.
Laminated glass is the main hurricane barrier used in impact-resistant windows.
Laminated glass is also used in automobile windshields. Hurricane impact resistant products use a thicker glass layer and a special intermediate layer of maya to strengthen the glass unit.
Laminated glass also eliminates 99% of UV rays, reduces noise transmission, provides improved security protection for your home, and reduces the air conditioning and heating portion of your energy bill.
Insulated Laminated Glass
Adds a single glass panel to the laminated glass unit with a hermetically sealed air space (or gas filled space) in the middle.
This glass is generally more expensive but offers improved energy efficiency. The space filled with air or gas serves as an insulator between the difference in temperature that exists between the inside and the outside.
Although it is more useful in colder climates, it improves the performance of LoE coatings and, in some cases, architects or local construction departments require their use.
Decide whether to use a Low E coating or glass tints.
Tinted Glass –
We offer a variety of glass dyes. Glass with dye or “tint” is probably the most cost-effective solution that combines cost reduction with energy efficiency.
Glass with polarized layers absorbs incoming solar radiation through the glass, which reduces heat and light transfer to a room.
The windows dyed gray and bronze are the most common. These reduce the penetration of light and heat in buildings in equal amounts. The blue and green tinted windows offer a greater penetration of visible light and a slightly reduced heat transfer compared to other colored glass colors.
The green or blue glass tends to paint your room in the same color. The gray and bronze tints tend to be more neutral in the interiors. Transparent glass is also available, but without special coatings or dyes, heat transfer is not minimized.
Low E Glass –
Low E coatings are applied to the inner glass surface to separate thermal energy (long wave) and light energy (short wave).
The thermal energy (long wave) is reflected back to the heat source and the short wave can pass through the coating. MV Windows offers high performance coatings on its isolated laminate products.
Low E and Insulated Glass, so how do I decide?
If you are cost conscious, In warm weathers avoid insulated glass if not required by codes. For this case we suggest tinted glass or clear glass with Low E.
If you want the best energy performance, consider insulated laminated glass with a Low E coating.
Also, discuss with your dealer at MV Windows to ensure that you are in compliance with building code requirements.