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.
Hurricane winds can reach extreme speeds. This leaves the structural envelope of your home vulnerable to serious damage. Your windows are especially vulnerable since flying debris carried by strong hurricane winds can be thrown into your residential glass.
If you live in an area where hurricanes occur frequently, you should consider installing impact-resistant glass in your home. Choosing the right impact-resistant glass can help you protect your property during a major storm.
Insulated vs. Non-Insulated
One of the first things that you need to determine when investing in impact-resistant glass is whether you want your windows to be insulated or non-insulated.
Impact resistant glass is made from two sheets of glass that are bonded together with a special protective interior layer. This construction is similar to that used to create the windshield in your car, but the layers of glass are thicker to maximize protection against impact.
If you want an additional measure of protection, you can invest in insulated glass. In order to provide insulation, a third pane of glass is sandwiched between the existing two layers. Empty air spaces between each pane of glass are filled with gases that help to prevent heat transfer and reduce noise pollution within your home.
Once you have determined if you want insulated or non-insulated impact resistant glass, you need to determine which type of coating you want your windows to be treated with. The most popular options are tints and low-energy coatings.
Tints come in a variety of colors, and each of these colors serves a different function. You can select a gray or bronze tint to help reduce the penetration of light and heat into your home. Blue or green coatings allow more natural light to enter your home but prevent the transfer of heat. A coating will slightly alter the appearance of images viewed through your windows from your home's interior.
Your second option when it comes to window coatings is a low-energy coating. This is a type of coating that is applied to the internal surface of each glass pane. A low-energy coating is capable of separating heat and light energy. The heat energy is reflected back into the environment, while the light energy is allowed to filter into your home. A low-energy coating will cost a bit more, but it allows you to maintain a clear and unimpeded view out of your impact windows.
For more information, contact your local window installer.