Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dual Pane Windows Insulate Your Home

Dual pane windows on homes in Arizona not only insulate your home's interior from the searing summer heat, but they also keep in the heat during cold desert days and nights.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Home Window Glass Fast Facts

Here are some home window glass fast facts! What is Tempered glass? Tempered glass is glass that has been heat treated and it breaks into small pieces. What is Annealed Glass? Annealed glass is non-tempered and it breaks into jagged shards. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Seals In Older Windows Degrade Over Time

The seals in older dual pane windows can degrade over time. When exposed to the harsh Arizona sun, they can become soft and begin to sag. When this happens, the seals have failed. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Annealing Process of Glass

Annealing of glass is a process of slowly cooling hot glass after it has been formed, to relieve residual internal stresses introduced during manufacture.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How Does Window Glass Work As a Thermal Insulator?

How does window glass work as a thermal insulator? The insulator is the vacuum between the two walls of a double paned window. Vacuum is a good insulator because it shuts down both conduction and convection, two of the main mechanisms of heat transport. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Is Glass Really a Liquid?

Some people believe that glass is really a liquid at room temperature because of its molecular properties. Liquids have a definite volume, but they take the shape of their container. A solid has a fixed shape as well as fixed volume. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Strength of Glass

Glass is strong enough for many things like windshields and building windows that need to handle high stress without breaking. Glass producers believe some of the latest methods from the microelectronics and nanotechnology industry could produce glass that is twice as strong as the glass available today.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Advantages of Energy-Efficient Dual-Pane Windows

There are many advantages to energy-efficient dual-pane windows. When compared to single-pane glass, dual-pane windows save money as they can reduce energy usage by up to 25% during the winter, and by up to 15% in the hot Arizona summer. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Windows and Glass Evolved Over Time

The word Window first appeared in the early 13th century, and originally referred to an open hole in a roof. The word Window replaced the Old English word 'eag├żyrl', which literally meant 'eye-hole,' and 'eye-door'. Because of the transparent nature of clear glass, people don't pay much attention to it because it is something that we look through, not at.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Aluminum and Vinyl Window Frames

Both aluminum window frames and vinyl window frames incorporate the same energy efficient features like low-e glass and multiple panes of insulated glass. Aluminum and vinyl window frames are noted for their strength, durability, and low maintenance. There are no significant differences in maintenance requirements between the two materials.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Safety Glass and Arizona Building Codes

Tempered glass is produced by heating glass at a high temperature then rapidly cooling it, making it up to 5 times stronger than regular plate glass.  This process makes the glass stronger and also changes the way the glass breaks.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Fixing Fogged Glass In a Dual Pane Window

The seals on insulated glass windows occasionally fail, allowing moist air between the glass panes, where it condenses.  If dual-pane windows appear misty or foggy, it means that the seal protecting the window assembly has failed.