If you are looking at getting some new windows for your home, or you may need some for your offices, then bear in mind that there are a few different types of glass that you can choose from, depending on your circumstances and your disposition. Let`s take a look at a few of these.
Float glass, or OptiFloat glass as it is sometimes known, is the regular type of glass in most of the windows you see around you. It is used as the outer pane of glass in thermally efficient double glazed windows. The inner pane can often be a low E type of glass. If you use OptiFloat glass that is over 6mm in thickness it can be very useful if you need a strong glass that will prove very tough and durable, and can also be used in greater spans, it has reduced deflection, high daylight transmission and can reduce noise from the outside. If you want an even tougher glass you can laminate it which will give you more safety and security.
As well as clear OptiFloat glass you can also get it in opal, which gives you the diffused natural light of a translucent glass. There is also tinted OptiFloat glass which will give you a tint effect and can be very attractive as well as reducing the glare through a window. Another one is OptiFloat satin which gives you just as much light as clear glass but also diffuses the light and gives you a little extra privacy.
Another type of glass is Low Iron glass. This is a specially developed float glass which gives you a neutral clear appearance, high light transmission if you compare it with your normal float glass, and it is useful for commercial applications if you need an improved performance.
Low E, Hard Coat Glass is an on-line coated low E glass which is very popular and can be supplied as toughened or laminated glass. Low E glass has a microscopically thin transparent coating, and this thin coating creates a really strong bond which is very durable during fabrication.
Low E, Soft Coat Glass is an off-line coated low E glass which actually gives a superior performance than the Hard Coat glass. It has good thermal insulation and high light transmission. It does require some careful handling during the manufacturing process but these Low E sealed units can provide the lowest `U` values available.
I hope this has given you some interesting information various glasses available and it will help you make a more informed choice.