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Building a Sunroom: Glass Choices

By Karen Lawson
Building a Sunroom: Glass Choices

Sunrooms are a cost effective alternative to home remodeling and expansion. A sunroom can bring light and the essence of the outdoors into your home. Today, many companies offer do-it-yourself installation kits. However, before rushing off to purchase a sunroom kit, be sure you understand the differences between sunrooms -- particularly the windows.

The central element to any sunroom is the window. There are various window options when it comes to building a sunroom, so be sure to choose the window that is right for you.

While double-paned glass is traditionally the standard window for most sunrooms, there are additional types of glass that might be right for your area. Depending on where you live, the climate can affect the type of window pane you choose.

Triple-Paned Glazing: Designed to prevent heat loss, triple-paned glazing can create multiple layers of insulation between the separate panels of glass.

Low-Emission Glass: Commonly referred to as "low-E" glass, low-emission glass is coated with thin layers of metal. Low-emission glass is designed to protect the sunroom against ultraviolet (UV) rays as well as heat transfer.

Argon-Filled Glass: Like triple-paned glass, argon-filled glass is designed to protect against heat loss by creating better insulation. Argon gas fills the space between the panes and its density (it's denser than air) can lower the temperature of the sunroom.

Safety Glass: Safety glass is typically required by most building codes. When building a sunroom, be sure to investigate the use of safety, or tempered glass. Safety glass doesn't shatter into giant pieces of glass when broken, but instead, collapses into smaller, safer pieces.

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