Window Glass 101: A Helpful Guide

When most homeowners decide to put new windows in their houses, it’s because something has happened to prompt the decision. Perhaps a window got broken, for example, or an energy audit proved that a home’s existing windows were extremely energy inefficient. Whatever the case, suffice it to say that the majority of people don’t spend a lot of their spare time thinking about windows unless they are actively shopping for new ones.


Due to this, the process of choosing new residential windows can actually be somewhat overwhelming! There are many different sorts of windows — and window glass — available to today’s consumers and it isn’t always easy to determine what is truly best for your needs. As you read on, you will discover details about various types of window glass and, hopefully, be able to determine which one is right for you.


Insulated glass.

Insulated glass windows are usually priced between $100 and $400 per pane, depending on size and shape. If you live in an area of the Carolinas where the weather is often extremely hot (such as on the beach) or extremely cold (such as in the mountains), insulated glass windows might be a good choice for you. These help to control indoor climate, keeping your family comfortable and lowering energy bills over time. 


It is important to note that insulated glass panes are available with varying numbers of layers — the more layers, the more temperature control, and, subsequently, the more money you’ll have to spend. Therefore, if you only need to minorly adjust the temperature in your house, there’s no need to buy a heavy-duty type of insulated glass. 


Low-E glass.


Low-E glass is becoming an increasingly common choice for homeowners who are looking to improve residential energy efficiency. This type of glass works by reflecting heat back into a space instead of towards the outside. In addition to lowering energy bills, Low-E glass can effectively keep temperatures constant in rooms that are difficult to heat or cool. 


There are two types of Low-E glass — hard coat and soft coat — so talk to your installer about which is the best option for your space. It is also good to be aware of the fact that Low-E glass can be costly. Panes often run between $200 and $500 a piece. 


Tinted glass. 


Tinted glass window panes are an excellent choice for Carolina homeowners who are either looking for additional privacy or to increase curb appeal. Stained glass windows, for example, are nothing more than tinted glass — these are particularly common in historic residences. If you are interested in tinted glass windows, but the cost of real stained glass is more than you want to spend, there are DIY glass tinting kits that can be purchased for anywhere from $20 to upwards of $300.


Remember, tinting a window pane will not impact its functionality, so if the glass is also specialized — Low E or insulated, for example — it still will be once the glass coloring process is finished. 


There are other types of glass as well, including etched glass, which is popular for entry doors, and laminated glass, which is specifically designed to reduce noise levels. If you have any questions about windows, the team at Hatch Homes is here to help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss your window installation needs. 

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