If you’re looking into replacing windows in your home, you’ve likely come across the term “insulated glass” as a good alternative to your current situation. Not sure what insulated glass is or why you should consider it? Continue reading to learn more about why insulated glass might be right for you.
What Is Insulated Glass?
Insulated glass, also called double glazed, is made up of two or more panes of glass fitted within an aluminum spacer to keep the glass apart. Between the panes, inert gases like argon and krypton are pumped in. The gases limit heat transfer, so the heat or cold on either side of the window stays there. Underneath the spacer is usually a type of desiccant like silica gel to remove any moisture and prevent condensation and possibly ice from forming. Sealants are used both inside the window on the spacer and outside of the glass to create a tight seal.
Advantages of Insulated Glass
Without a doubt, insulated glass is a great option for a window replacement, especially if you live in an area that sees extreme temperatures. Here are the top advantages of insulated glass:
- Incredible Insulation. Improving the insulation in your home sounds like a big job, but the insulation offered by simply changing your windows is amazing compared to the work needed. You don’t need to tear down walls, replace rolled insulation, or do lots of heavy lifting. Instead, a professional window company can replace your windows quickly and easily.
- Increase in Efficiency. If your home is better insulated, you’ll need to run the heat or air conditioning much less often. You’ll be using less energy and spending less on utilities.
- Sound Insulation. One of the happy byproducts of insulated glass is that the more layers you have, the better the soundproofing! The gas inside the glass prevents sound from being passed through it, so the noises from outside will stay there and you’ll get a better night’s sleep.
- Reduce Direct Sunlight. Insulated glass will reduce the UV rays and direct sunlight that comes in through the windows. This will in turn diminish the fading effects that sunlight has on carpets, photographs, and furniture, meaning your possessions have a longer lifespan.
- Increased Security. Windows are often an entry point for break-ins, but with insulated glass, potential intruders will be deterred by the difficulty in breaking through a well-made insulated glass window.
Ask an Expert at Atlas Glass & Mirror
In need of, insulated windows, a new glass shower enclosure or custom vanity mirror for your bathroom? Contact Atlas Glass & Mirror today! We will work with you to create a style that suits both your lifestyle and the aesthetic of your house. We are here to make your vision a reality!