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Glass Types

Glass options typically available in house construction are as follows:

Plate Glass

Plate glass is the standard glass type used in most houses today, typically available as plain or tinted. The glass can be doubled up for insulating purposes, however if broken, it will shatter into multiple sharp pieces.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is three to five times stronger than plane, or plate glass. The advantage of tempered glass is if broken, it develops hairline cracks and will break into multiple small rounded pieces, similar to automobile windshields. It is recommended for use in areas where regular glass may pose a hazard such as where people may run or fall against them.

Insulating Glass

Insulating glass usually consists of two or three sheets of glass, held in a frame separated by a thin air space making it a good temperature insulator, similar to a thermos. Today, the majority of homes have double or triple-paned glass. Current glass manufactures have a variety of energy saving products and options available for the consumer. From time to time government programs come available which can offer rebates for installing energy efficient windows and doors.

Let us assist you in choosing and installing windows and window accessories that are suited to your lifestyle and taste. This may be either as replacement doors or as part of a renovation or new build.