Laminated Glass vs Laminated Insulated Glass
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that will hold together even if it breaks. This feature makes it an ideal choice for use in the construction of hurricane impact windows and gives you more protection as a homeowner.Plastic vinyl layers and polyester film are bonded between 2 panes of glass, forming a single sheet.
Although it looks likes everyday glass, laminated glass offers benefits such as superior protection from flying debris, UV light, and noise, while still allowing most visible light to penetrate through. When the glass is impacted, such as with flying debris during a hurricane, the broken glass fragments will stick to the durable, bonded plastic vinyl interlayer, and will break into the characteristic spider pattern. The strength of the glass prevents it from breaking into large, sharp pieces that can potentially cause injury.
Laminated glass is available in both an insulated and non-insulated version.Insulated windows have a lower U-factor (the rate of loss of heat through a window). The lower the U-factor is, the greater the window can resist heat flow, and therefore the better ability it has to insulate.Laminated insulated glass provides consistent thermal regulation inside your home.
In colder months, the insulated glass prevents warm air from leaving your home, reducing the amount of energy required to keep your home adequately heated.During the warmer summer months, the insulated glass prevents the hot, outside air from entering your home, reducing the amount of energy required to keep your home adequately air-conditioned.
Overall, by choosing laminated insulated glass hurricane windows, the energy required to keep your home at a stable, comfortable temperature is reduced, saving you money on energy bills.Insulated windows may come at a higher cost, but this can often be balanced out by the amount you can expect to save on energy costs in the long run.
For more information about laminated glass hurricane impact windows, contact the knowledgeable professionals at The Window Guys of Florida at (561) 598-6295.