What Are the Best Glass Options for a Sunroom?
Style, size, and location are all important considerations when planning a sunroom, but one feature that requires just as much careful consideration is the type of glass that will be used in your new living space. Although it’s designed to be unobtrusive, glass plays a critical role in how much enjoyment you’ll get out of your sunroom. That’s because whether it’s in a window, wall panel, or roof, the glass in a sunroom needs to do more than simply allow in light. It needs to provide protection from ultraviolet radiation, minimize heat transfer, and keep you and your loved ones safe from injury.
If you’re considering a four-season sunroom, energy efficient windows can make big difference when it comes to keeping your addition comfortable year-round and easing the burden on your home’s HVAC system. At the very least, windows should be double paned, with each layer of glass separated by a thermally non-conductive spacer to reduce heat transfer. The highest rated windows have three or more panes with argon or krypton gas fills between.
Low-E or low-emissivity glass has been coated with a microscopic film that blocks out harmful ultraviolet radiation. Not only does low-E glass protect skin from sun damage, but also fabrics from color fading. Low-E glass also improves energy efficiency by reflecting heat. This helps to keep your sunroom cooler when it’s hot outside, and warmer when it’s cold out.
For added safety, tempered glass is a must. This type of glass is four-times stronger than annealed glass, which shatters into sharp fragments when broken. Tempered glass, on the other hand, has been specially treated and baked, so not only is it stronger, it also crumbles into chunks when broken. Automobile windows are made from tempered glass.
Although not as energy efficient as low-E glass, tinted glass still provides effective glare reduction. It can also reduce solar heat gain. This type of glass is a good choice for sunrooms in warm climates with mild winters. Tinted glass can also provide privacy for your sunroom, but some homeowners may find the reduced light levels too oppressive.
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