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Most homeowners seeking to replace their windows spend their time researching the energy efficiency of a window frame. However, in addition to selecting a frame type, an owner should investigate the different kinds of glazing or glass available. When combined, the frame and the treated windowpane will provide the optimal energy efficiency for a home. Also, based on a home's placement, climate, and design, owners can choose different types of glazing for each window.

Even so, before deciding on a window treatment, homeowners should consult a reliable Norwalk roofing associate to help determine the desired comfort level for the home. For example, if the indoor glass temperature is lower than the insulated home is, the home will feel colder. A properly installed window will regulate the surface temperature on the windowpanes similar to the actual temperature in the room.

One such treatment is the Low Emissivity or Low E glass. Emissivity is the ability to radiate power. Manufacturers produce low emissivity glass with options to increase the usage of solar heat. The cured Low E glass handles natural light by guiding its transfer of heat.

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Low Emissivity windowpanes can deter the fading of curtains, furniture, and carpets that are in direct exposure to the sun. Furthermore, low emissivity window treatments will also decrease noise that may come from outdoor influences. Windows treated with Low E glazes usually cost 15 percent more than regular windows; however, they minimize energy loss by as much as 30 percent.

Another window treatment is a solar control film, or a tint that contains a thin glaze comprised of a polyester foundation and a scratch resilient veneer. Some coatings require many polyester sheets to attain maximum results. The layers are millimeters thick and attach to the indoor window with a bonding agent. Window tints are available in many shades and colors that reduce the sun's exposure. The colors can vary from clear to opaque. Tinted styles offer privacy while the clear veneers tend to be less reflective, giving less of a mirrored look at night.

Lastly, consider insulated window glazing, which refers to glass with two panes. The separating and hermetically sealed pane allows the insulating of air space. Insulation occurs when the area between the glass panes fills with inert gas, namely argon or krypton. The gas creates a greater resistance to heat flow than air. Insulated window glazing mainly lowers the U value, but it also reduces glare.

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