Knowing the type of glass, framing and purpose for your windows will help you create a home that is fashionable and functional.

Before buying window replacement glass for your home, it is important to know what exactly you want and need first.

Older homes may have leaded or etched glass on windows or doors that you want to get rid of. The good news is that modern manufacturing procedures have made it increasingly easy to get glass for these areas that are not only easy to install, but ideal for a variety of climates.

As the DIY Network notes, it is important to consider where the glass windows will be installed and what purpose you want them to serve, as some locations in a home or commercial location are required by law to use a specific type of glass. For example, in floor to ceiling windows, you must install tempered glass to protect against shattering.

From there, if you are opting to replace the glass panels in a wooden frame, you will need to know what kind of sealant you want to use, be it putty or glazing beads. Windows and doors that are replaced altogether tend to have metal or vinyl frames already built around them so you won't have to worry over the installation method.

Once you have all of these details set, you will need to consider your glass options. Here is some basic information to help you make an informed decision:

Heat-efficient glass: If you are in a climate that experiences extreme weather, like Idaho and Utah, you may want to opt for heat-efficient glass. Double-glazed glass works by layering two sheets of glass together with a layer of inert gas between them, providing insulation for heat and sound. Low-emissivity glass is a great choice for windows that face the sun for most of the day. These panes are covered in a coating that lets sun in, and retains the heat generated by that light rather than letting it escape back out the through the window.

Reduced visibility: If you live on the first floor of a building, or just have neighbors near by and want a bit of privacy, then reduced visibility panes may be the right choice for you. Privacy glass allows light and warmth in through the window, but distorts the line of sight so that anything on the other side of the glass is unclear. This is commonly used in bathrooms or front doors. Etched or "frosted" glass is another option that serves this purpose by adding a layer of coverage to increase privacy while also adding a bit of character to the room. This option allows you to etch patterns or shapes onto the surface of the glass.

Strong glass: These types of glass are often used in both residential and commercial properties as they help protect against fires, floods and injuries in case of breakage. Examples of strong glass include: 

  • Lamented glass: A clear plastic layered between two or more panels of glass
  • Tempered glass: Shatters into granules rather than sharp shards
  • Wired glass: Commonly used in fire doors
  • Fire-resistant glass: Not reinforced by wire, but also used in fire doors.

If you are interested in learning more about the types of glass available to use in your home improvement project, or how Valley Glass can help you choose and install these panes, contact us today.