Whether your commercial or retail building is located in a warm or temperate climate zone, the upcoming summer means that you’ll need to avoid heat transfer from the
glass. Your Image Glass installer understands all about how to ensure that the right glass, tinting and installation methods can help to keep your air conditioning from working as hard in the summer.
Controlling the amount of heat that comes through glass in these cases becomes the dominant design issue. As you may know, heat travels through glass due to direct radiation from the sun and through the transfer of outside ambient heat. This requires selecting glass with some type of thermal control to address both the direct sunlight and the ambient heat.
There are essentially two ways to provide direct solar control with glass. The first is through the use of coatings added to the glass, which reduces heat and UV light transmissions. Tints add color and greater aesthetic interest to the outside of your building while they reduce the visible light transmittance (VLT) through the glass. The degree of reduction depends on the degree of tinting and the color selected. The key to selecting tinted glass is finding the balance to achieve solar control, help control glare and contribute to the aesthetics of the building.
Tinted glass is readily available in a variety of thicknesses (generally between 1/8 inch and 1/2 inch) and can be processed and fabricated similarly to normal float glass making it a convenient way to reduce solar gain. Tinted glass features a full range of color choices such as green, blue, blue-green, bronze, and grey colors. They commonly provide low external and internal reflectance meaning that they are not very mirror-like. They can be laminated, strengthened, and even bent using standard techniques.
Further, they can be used singly or in combination with other glazing in insulating glass units. All of these traits have made tinted glass a common solar control choice in low, mid, and high-rise office buildings, medical / hospital buildings, educational / school buildings and retail locations.
At Image Glass, our glass installer and glass repair experts have a great deal of knowledge about how different types of glass are manufactured and the best practices for use and installation. This enables them to ensure your satisfaction and safety today and tomorrow. To learn more about how the Image Glass team can help you to achieve beauty, efficiency, safety, and comfort with each installation, call us at 732-438- 8551 to speak to one of our glass specialists.