There are assorted glass products in the market to consider for residential window installations. Therefore, selecting the most appropriate product for your unique requirements can be a daunting task. The right product choice should enhance both the functional and aesthetic properties of your windows. One of the important aspects to evaluate before the glazier comes is the light and heat control function of the glass. Your final decision will affect the privacy in your home, flow of natural light and the long-term energy efficiency after installation. Here are the primary glazing options to consider for residential heat and light control.

Low Emissivity Coating

The low emissivity treatment is ideal for controlling the solar energy flowing into the interior space through the windows. This coating is in essence an ultra-thin layer of metallic oxide or even metal layer, and this is deposited directly on the surface of the glass. Generally, this layer will limit the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light passing through the glass. The low emissivity treatment will prevent heat gain or loss, contributing to better energy efficiency with regard to cooling and heating. The coating is virtually invisible, so it will not interfere with the aesthetics of your windows. Moreover, the treatment does not limit visible light which means you can still enjoy sunlight comfortably.

Reflective Coatings

As implied, reflective coatings are designed to reduce the flow of solar radiation into your home through reflection. In simple terms, this window treatment consists of a metallic layer which can reflect light energy. The metallic coatings can be purchased in different colours, including silvery, gold and even bronze hues. The energy efficiency in the building can be improved significantly by this treatment because solar light energy contributes to an increase in heat. Unfortunately, the visible light from the sun will also be affected by the reflective coating. This will necessitate the constant usage of artificial lighting. You should choose this type of glazing for special rooms that require controlled levels of light or if your home is located in a very hot region.

Heat-Absorbing Tints

The heat-absorbing glass treatment is designed and fabricated with special tinting elements that change the colour of the glazing. The tint will absorb a significant amount or the sun's radiation, reducing heat gain in your home and general glare. The exact levels of heat gain and light penetration through the glass will depend on the type of tint applied. For example, grey and bronze tints reduce both heat and light while blue alternatives allow light penetration.