If you’re soon to be the proud owner of a new home, there’s probably a long list of things that are occupying your thoughts regarding the overall project. A lot goes into making sure your new home stays your dream home once it’s complete. However, don’t forget important details either. Glass may seem like something you can take for granted, but you do so at your own risk. From shower glass to the kind in your living room, it matters which type you choose.
Alright, if you’re choosing shower glass, you have one last thing to worry about because it doesn’t need to handle UV rays. However, most other options do. So you need glass that will allow light in, but keep UV rays at bay (otherwise furniture, rugs, etc. will begin to fade).
Any windows that don’t open may be eligible for single pane glass. However, this should only be your first choice if you’re having budgeting concerns. This type of glass doesn’t do a great job of fending off extreme temperatures.
A far better option would be insulated glass. It comes with two panes that are separated by air. This air helps boost its insulation grade by making it more difficult for heat to transfer from one side to the other. There are also triple-pane options for those of you living in especially cold climates. For those who want the ultimate of assurances, quadruple pane glass will make sure the outside world stays where it belongs.
Another option is to replace the air between the pains with either krypton or argon gas. Both of these gases do a poor job of conducting thermal energy, meaning heat will have a hard time transferring through it. Fortunately, in the summer, this means cool air will stay indoors longer.
What about the shower glass you need in your bathroom? Obviously, you don’t want to spend extra on the options above. Typically, shower glass comes in two different varieties. There is pure glass and there’s plexi glass which resembles a hard plastic in feel and appearance. Plexi glass is usually easier to install due to its lightweight and easier to handle. Plus, it will be more durable as well. Most people can’t tell the difference between it and the real thing either.
While you probably have a million things to think about with your new home, don’t let glass fall off the list. The type you choose could make all the difference.