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Understand and Using Insulated Glass

Insulated or "double-pane" glass can be found in both residential and business construction. It is required by building codes in many areas as a mandatory energy conservation measure. And it really makes sense because single pane glass has virtually NO insulating value.

Storm windows can act in consort with your existing single pane windows to reduce heat loss. However, unless the storm windows are tightly closed they are ineffective as insulators.

What is Insulated Glass?

Insulated glass consists of two panes of glass separated by a space. The perimeter of the glass is sealed, allowing no movement of outside air into the space. The space itself can be filled with dehydrated air, or with a special gas. The type of glass, the type of spacer, and the type of gas used in the space contribute to the overall insulating efficiency of the glass, and also the total cost.

If you are purchasing a new home, doing a renovation, or just adding replacement windows, you want the best insulating glass you can afford. Review the window options with your builder, and have him place a dollar value on window upgrades. Only then can you be sure to get both quality and value in your windows.