How to choose which glass…?Published on 27th June 2014
Glazing choice used to be among the simplest decisions you had to make when building, extending or renovating a home, largely because the options were limited. The last twenty years have seen a huge number of advances in the industry however, meaning that the type of glass you choose to use in your home can have a big impact upon more than just interior illumination.
Room temperature, thermal efficiency, energy consumption, room function, ambience, security and maintenance are all affected by the type of glass used in your home, so how to decide what glass to use where?
Windows – Standard Low Emissivity (Low-e) glass should work well in most windows, the toughened inner and outer panes helping to reduce heat penetration.
Skylights & Glazed Roofs – Cleaning a glazed roof can be particularly tricky, so selecting a glass that can clean itself makes good sense. Toughened to reduce heat transference and finished with a photocatalytic and hydrophilic coating which helps dirt to break down under the sun and wash away in the rain, the Pilkington Activ range is ideal for difficult to reach places.
Conservatories, Orangeries & Atriums – The perennial problem with large glazed structures is their vulnerability to temperature changes. Solar Control glass has been toughened and coated to reduce heat transference by 65%, helping to prevent temperature fluctuations, increasing comfort, and reducing heating and air conditioning bills.
Glazed Curtain Walling – Available with a blue or grey tint, which can enhance the ambience of a room, Pilkington Activ can work very well in curtain walls. Alternatively, fire-resistant glass Pyrocet, which retards the spread of flames, can bring peace of mind when employed in boundary walls for the safety-conscious homeowner.
Interior Doors & Walls – While Low-e can work well internally, if you require privacy in areas such as bathrooms and bedrooms, Frosted, Satin, Ultra White Laminated, or Switch glass can all be beneficial. The first three provide a permanently opaque finish, while Switch Glass allows you to change from clear to opaque at the touch of a button.
Pool & Games Rooms – Where safety is absolutely paramount, the only choice of glass is Low-e Laminated, which combines the thermal protection of standard Low-e with a clear laminate coating, which prevents it from shattering, limiting potential damage to pool pumps and equipment, and keeping your family safe.