Glass was first used to make windows for all types of buildings during the renaissance, the only significant improvement to occur until recently, in a technical sense, was double glazing. And while that took place in the mid 1800s, it didn't actually become popular until well into the mid 1900s/ However the energy crisis, sparked by the oil embargo of the mid 1970s, replaces in complacency with scientific research and development on ways to improve window technology. In the last decade we have made remarkable progress towards making windows more energy efficient.
TILTCO provides glass for every project requirement:
• Low E glass for energy efficiency and improved insulation properties
• Tempered glass to meet building code for safety
• Laminated glass for safety/security, UV protection and hurricane/impact applications
• Triple glazed units for optimal sound deadening qualities and unrivaled energy efficiency
LOW-E + ARGON
Low-e is an invisible coating that reflects heat back into the property during winter and reflects heat radiation away during summer, whilst protecting against UV rays. Low E coating(s) are applied to the inner surfaces of insulated glass units which result in optimal insulation and performance. These coatings perform in several ways. They reflect infrared (IR) light away which can fade and damage décor. They also allow visible light and control solar heat for improved energy efficiency. Argon gas is clear, non-toxic and non-flammable . It has low thermal conductivity properties which aides in preventing heat loss and increases the energy efficiency of a window or door system. With argon gas filled spacers the thermal efficiency of the insulated glass units is heightened further.
Laminated glass is a combination of two or more glass sheets with one or more interlayers of plastic - PVB. Upon impact, the interlayer holds the glass fragments together and prevents full entry. Laminated glass is used to protect against forceful entry or where the glass will fall if shattered. It is used in areas prone to hurricanes and seismic activity for safety and glass pane integrity. A PVB film which is bonded between two panes of glass allows for breakage within the glass, without any shattering. Hence the glass is kept together upon breakage providing extra security at points of entry.
Obscured or acid etched glass obtains privacy without blocking natural light. Textured glass provides a more aesthetic appeal with regards to the design perspective when desiring an obscured appearance.
Wrought iron inserts which are used primarily in entrance door applications. Leaded glass inserts are available for historical restorations, traditional design palettes and where artistic impression is desired.
Simulated Divided Lights provide the look of a truly divided light window that is more cost effective. Grills Between Glass are grills between the panes of the insulated glass units. Truly Divided Lights refer to the option of created a physical division between glass panes using a mullion or transom.
Tinted glass depending on the desired effect blocks and/or reflects different amounts and types of light. This type of glass is popular in areas such as the Caribbean where houses and building are more prone to sunlight.
Tempered, or toughened, glass is four or more times stronger than annealed, or regular, glass. When broken, it shatters into many small fragments which prevent major injuries and property damage