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Frequently Asked Questions:
Does LowE Glass Look Different?
LowE glass may look different than clear glass in certain light conditions. LowE color differences do exist between various LowE coatings due to the use of different coating materials, thickness of the coating material, as well as differences in the coating materials applied to the glass.
Why is Glass Green?
Believe it or not, this is a relatively common question. While most glass is transparent when it's thin, the thicker glass gets, the more it takes on a green tinge. Why? Ordinary glass, which is made of a soda-lime base contains iron-oxide. When thin, you don't notice any color. When ordinary glass gets thicker, it takes on a green tinge from the iron-oxide impurities which are common. Glass can be made with a low iron oxide content to eliminate the green tinge.
What is Tempered Glass & Why is it Safety Glass?
Tempered glass is a type of glass that is highly resistant to thermal stresses while being stronger and more impact resistant than ordinary glass. Tempered glass is ordinary (annealed) glass that has been heated to near its softening point and forcibly cooled.
Tempered glass dices or crumbles when it breaks. Tempered glass breaks down into small pieces with no jagged or sharp edges, reducing the risk of injuries, which is why it is one type of safety glass.
What is Curtain Wall?
A curtain wall is an outer covering of a building in which the outer walls are non-structural, designed to keep out the weather. As the curtain wall is non-structural it can be made of a lightweight material, typically aluminum, reducing construction costs. The aluminum frame is typically infilled with glass which provides an architecturally pleasing building, allowing natural light to penetrate deeper within the structure. Curtain walls differ from store front systems as curtain wall is designed to span several floors.
Why Do Thermopanes Fail?
A common problem is that moisture gets in between the layers of glass through a failure in the seal, which causes the window to have a foggy appearance. Read more: Leading Causes of Failure
What is Argon Gas & Why is it used in Thermopanes?
Argon gas is an inert and safe gas that occurs naturally in our atmosphere. It is invisible and heavier than air, thus it is denser than air. If used in a window it is added between the two panes of glass as they are manufactured into their sealed glass units. Once the gas is installed in the thermopane the air space in the thermopane is denser than regular air. The overall effectiveness of Argon gas in providing a greater energy efficient window depends on the climate it will be used in. Argon gas works best in cold climates.
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