As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment and green building practices, we offer a selection of glass efficient options for our sealed glass units, that can help reduce energy costs and minimize your carbon foot print. In our manufacturing process we minimize our waste by reusing or recycling our vinyl excess. By producing less waste and recycling more we strive to help our environment and save energy.
Glass Efficiency Options:
Argon is a colourless, odourless, non-flammable, non-reactive, inert gas. Argon gas fills are used to reduce heat loss in sealed units by slowing down convection in the air space. Argon gas is very cost efficient, and works in unison with Low E coated glazing. Argon is the most commonly used fill gas, due to its excellent thermal performance and cost-efficiency in comparison to other gas fills.
Bronze & Gray Tint
The primary purpose of the bronze or gray tint is to reduce solar heat gain, but, it also reduces visible light transmission compared to Double-Glazed with Clear Glass or even other standard tinted glass products such as green and blue tints,all of which offer significantly higher visible light transmission. Bronze glass cuts down on the amount of glare and heat entering a building. The bronze coloration makes an especially dramatic statement for a glass facade and has become increasingly popular.
Krypton Gas, an inert, odorless, colorless, tasteless, nontoxic gas which is about 12 times denser than air. It is used to replace air between the glass panes to reduce heat transfer and deter convection. Used when a higher performance is desired than that produced with Argon gas. Only used in in triple glass units.
The term “Low-E” Glass refers to a clear glass, with a microscopically thin coating of metal oxide that is non-visible to the human eye. “Low-E” Glass works by reflecting heat back to its source.The metal oxide coating keeps heat inside during cold climates and keeps heat outside during warmer climates.
“Low-E” stands for “low emissivity”, meaning that the glass in the window allows a small portion of energy to penetrate through. Conversely, a window that permits the heat from the sun or from your furnace to pass through would have a high emissivity. The more effectively the metallic layer insulates from this transfer of energy, the lower the emissivity.
There are two types of “Low-E” Glass:
Another benefit of “Low-E” Glass is its ability to allow visible light to pass through the glass, while blocking or reflecting ultra-violet and infrared lighting, which can be harmful to your skin, wood, and fabrics.
Triple-glazed windows offer incredible energy efficiency. Triple-glazed windows utilize three panes of glass to dramatically reduce condensation and thermal transfer while insulating as much as 60% better than double-glazed windows.
Additional Glass Options:
Pilkington Activ™ Clear
A must for glass enclosures, glass doors and windows; self-cleaning glass is revolutionizing the way homeowners feel about glass in their homes. Pilkington Activ™ Clear’s unique dual-action coating uses the forces of nature to help keep the glass clear of organic dirt, giving you not only the practical benefit of less cleaning, but also clearer, better-looking windows.
When you need your privacy but you also want the sunlight, NorthView Window’s obscure glass will provide an effective shield without shutting out the sun. Obscure glass, available in pebbled or glue chip pattern, is particularly useful for bathrooms, basements or along walkways.
Tempered glass is one of two kinds of safety glass regularly used in applications in which standard glass could pose a potential danger. Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not break into sharp shards when it fails. Manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, making it harder than normal glass and the go-to option when safety issues are front-and-centre. The added strength of tempered glass means it can withstand blows that would shatter other glass. And there’s less chance of injury if it breaks because fragments are smaller.
Thermal Edge Spacer
The Thermal Edge spacer features a steel core with a polymer bridge that enhances thermal performance. Steel is less conductive than aluminum, and creates a vapor barrier and offers increased structural integrity. The glass edge touches the polymer and not the steel, thus creating a “warmedge” which will reduce condensation and raise the temperature of the “edge of glass” area in your sealed unit.
We offer a selection of Colonial, Pencil and Georgian grills, all of which are available in your choice of brass, pewter, white or optional colors.
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