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  • Friday February 27, 2015

    V-Class by Sunrise Windows

    Hello Everyone,
    I'm wondering of anyone has any information on the V Class replacement windows from Sunrise?
    I was told that it is...

  • Wednesday February 25, 2015

    Double vs Triple in Ohio

    Settling in on my window purchase and going over the details, and I’m trying to decide on Double vs Triple pane glass.
    I...

  • Tuesday February 24, 2015

    Problem with Gorell slider door

    I am having a problem with my Gorell slider door.
    It seems that during extremely cold temperatures (-12 degrees this morning), the door...

  • Tuesday February 24, 2015

    ViWinTech windows vs. Simonton Profinish or 5500?

    I am a homeowner going through a major remodel. I've been planning on the Simonton. We are re-doing all siding and changing...

  • Friday February 20, 2015

    Choice of Windows, 2 homes

    Hi Everyone,
    I have 2 homes that require windows.
    1. 25 year old town house, eventually will sell in 1-2 years, need...

  • Thursday February 19, 2015

    Seeking advise for mid range windows selection in North East

    Hello everyone!
    I'm about to ask what I'm sure is a very difficult and murky question: What are the best brands / models...

  • Sunday February 15, 2015

    Burris in Houston, how are they value for money

    Any comment Burris AC single hung in Houston for about $8K with 366 glass. Should we keep looking, any other windows with better...

  • Sunday February 15, 2015

    Okna vs Sunrise

    We have been quoted both Starmark (Okna)with krypton gas and Sunrise w/ultra plus and Apex (in bathroom) with argon gas. They both seem...

  • Saturday February 14, 2015

    Sunrise Options

    I'm looking at the base sunrise window (not the essential), and would like to know what if any of these options exist for...

  • Wednesday February 11, 2015

    Okna 800 or Soft-Lite Elements

    I'll try to keep it simple. We recieved two comparable quotes between two local companies for Soft-Lite Elements vs Okna 800. ...

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Layers of Glass and Air Spaces

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Single-pane. This has very little insulating value with (approximately r-1). It provides only a thin barrier to the outside and can account for considerable heat loss and gain.

Double-pane. To improve a window's energy efficiency the number of glass panes in the unit is doubled, because multiple layers of glass increase the window's ability to resist heat flow.

Triple Pane. These windows create an even more energy efficent window often with gas sealed in the frame. Triple Pane will add weight and expense to the window. They are used for northern climates and soundproofing near airports and highways.

Types of Glass

There are various types of glass manufacturers use in constructing windows.

Clear glass has been the primary material available for window panes in homes. However, in recent years, the market for glazing--or cutting and fitting window panes into frames--has changed significantly. Now several types of special glazing's are available that can help control heat loss and condensation.

Low-emissivity (low-e) glass. This has a special surface coating to reduce heat transfer back through the window. These coatings reflect from 40% to 70% of the heat that is normally transmitted through clear glass, while allowing the full amount of light to pass through.

Heat-absorbing glass. This contains special tints that allow it to absorb as much as 45% of the incoming solar energy, reducing heat gain. Some of the absorbed heat, however, passes through the window by conduction and re-radiation.

Reflective glass. This has been coated with a reflective film and is useful in controlling solar heat gain during the summer. It also reduces the passage of light all year long, and, like heat-absorbing glass, it reduces solar transmittance.