It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.
A solarium, also known as a sunroom or solar room, is an addition to your home that is similar to an enclosed porch with walls that are entirely or mostly glass. While you can order pre-made solarium and sunroom kits, having custom glass designed and formed for the structure allows you to take advantage of more advanced features. Build a more beautiful, longer lasting solarium with these four important glass features.
Two layers of glass with a gap for air in between offers the best insulation value. Why does a solarium need to be insulated? Glass itself in a single layer allows a lot of heat to escape through it, either warming up your home in summer or making it colder in the winter. This contributes to higher heating and cooling bills. By paying a little more for double-pane glass from the bottom to the top of your solarium, you'll spend less in the long run on keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. Don't wait until you see the higher costs on monthly bills to realize that you need double-paned glass panels.
The strongest and thickest pieces of glass can only withstand the rigors of storms and snow loads when they're supported by a proper frame. For the best balance of strength, cost, durability, and attractiveness, choose aluminum frames. These frames come in practically any color and finish to resemble wood and other materials, but they require a lot less maintenance over the lifetime of the solarium. Aluminum also resists the tendency to swell, shrink, or warp due to humidity and temperature changes.
Choosing tempered glass is essential for even the smallest solariums designed to use solely for houseplants. If a falling branch or a flying piece of debris strikes the glass and causes it to crack or break, the tempering process ensures that the glass breaks into small and even pieces with few cutting edges. Non-tempered glass breaks into large shards that are very sharp. Tempering also makes the glass stronger and better able to handle temperature changes.
Finally, look for glass panels that are thermally broken and tightly sealed. These double-pane units feature a clear insulation film to keep temperature differences on different sides of the glass from putting pressure on the windows and breaking the seal between it and the frames. Thermally broken glass lasts the longest and requires the fewest repairs to maintain a water tight seal around each panel.
To learn more about your options, contact a local glass company.