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The glass which goes inside your structure, doors or windows is a very important decisions. There are literally thousands of different glass types on the market today. The choices can become overwhelming when the consumer does not understand glazing terminology and process. The following paragraphs discuss the basics on understanding glass types and lays out a format for picking the right glass. There are three major types of glass, some of which you may have heard.

Glass Type

Annealed Glass - This glass is found in kitchen cabinets and glass vases. When this glass breaks it shatters into sharp jagged pieces and falls onto the floor.

Tempered Glass - This glass is incredibly strong and is not prone to breaking. However, when it does break it shatters into small squares and collapses.

Laminated Glass - This glass consists of two pieces of glass, formed together with a polyvinyl butryal (PVB) interlayer. The PVB is invisible to the eye but acts as glue to hold the pieces together. Upon impact, the glass breaks into pieces that look like a spider web but it does not fall out of the frame. Many times windshields of cars are made out of this glass

Solar Garden Series uses this type of glass in the roofs of its glass structures. If the glass in the roof breaks, it will splinter but will not fall on a person’s head. The majority of codes across the country require laminated glass in roofing. Another benefit to laminated glass is that 99% of all harmful UV rays are removed when laminated glass is utilized.

Glass Units

There are generally two categories to pick between: Color tint and Low-E Color tints are just as they sound. A color is added to the glass for aesthetics or for a specific purpose. Blues and greens are often used along coastal areas to enhance the look of a commercial or residential building. Grays and bronze tints are used for privacy and sometimes can be used for controlling light. Other colors such as purple and red are available when required.

When light entering a room is an issue, low emissions (low-e) glass should be used. This is a new technology in glass that has been around for several years now. There is a slight coating adhered to the glass which is the low-e. It is barely visible to the naked eye. Only when held next to a piece of uncoated glass can a difference in appearance be noticed.

The glass reduces the amount of sunlight which enters a room.

This helps to cut down on extreme heat build-up’s which make sunrooms and conservatories unpleasant. Another large benefit to low-e glass is the reduction of UV-rays which penetrate a room. This means that fading to objects within the room such as furniture and draperies will retain their color for longer. The fading is slower than an uncoated piece of glass.

Special Benefits:

Clear Insulated: None

LoE 272:Cuts down on UV rays which burn plants but still lets in enough light for plants growth .

LoE 366:Lets more light in than other options, but keeps more heat out. Excellent fading protection

LoE240: deal for reducing glares. can be used in roof for plantswith 272 in the walls.

LoE i81 (with 366 & Argon) :Triple pane performance requiring only double pane glass.

Item # Clear Insulated LoE 272 LoE 366 LoE240 LoE i81 (with 366 & Argon)
Suitable for Plants Yes Yes No Roof = Yes No
Suitable for People Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Light Transmittance 81% 72% 66% 40% 58%
U Value 0.48 0.30 29% 0.3 0.2
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient 0.76 0.41 0.27 0.25 0.25