How glass works

Glass is the only building material that not only insulates us from temperature extremes, it can also control the amount of light, heat and noise into and out of our homes. A better understanding of how glass works can help us help you to make the right selection for windows and glass doors in your home.

There are 4 main areas to consider when thinking about glazing for your home:

  • Natural light. By choosing the right type of glass you can enjoy your views and natural light while controlling UV and glare.
  • Solar heat gain. Solar heat is generated when sunlight passes through a window and heats the surfaces and air inside a home. Depending where you live homes can benefit from the natural warming effect of solar heat during winter and its reduction during summer. Good design and the appropriate selection of glass for to suit the window’s orientation will help keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
  • Thermal conductivity. When there’s a difference in temperature between the inside and outside of your home you have heat flow. The greater the difference between the outside and inside temperature, the greater that flow will be.  The right glass selection dramatically improves the insulation and energy efficiency performance of the window.
  • Noise Insulation. With the correct selection of glass, the amount of noise that enters your home via windows and glazed doors can be reduced significantly.  Double glazing can help here but the type of glass used will have more of an impact.

As with any improvement you make to your home, it is reliant upon other aspects of your home also. Working with our staff at the M.J.Harris Group we can help you to determine the combination of glazing that would give you the best outcome to achieve what you need for your home.