Learn more about your Glass Options
The key to choosing the right glass package for your home is to find the combination of performance values to suit your needs. Look to Floyd Glass & Window to help you make these decisions.
All windows with insulated glass claim to save you money on energy costs, but not all insulated glass windows are created equal. Vista windows with high-performance glass can save you significant money on energy costs, and their innovative design helps make your home more comfortable.
The performance of your window will depend on the configuration you choose. Many elements can impact the energy-efficiency of your Vista window, such as the use of Low-E glass and the gas that fills the space between the glass.
Low-E Glass is a microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metallic layer deposited on the glass surface primarily to reduce the U-factor (lower U-factor = better insulation) by suppressing radiant heat flow. Low-E coating is virtually transparent to the solar spectrum (visible light and short-wave infrared radiation) and reflective of long-wave infrared radiation. When you order Vista windows with Low-E you get an UPGRADE to Low-E “STACKED” in effect a double coating of Low-E as our standard. Other companies charge you more money for this option.
Argon and Krypton are odorless, colorless, non-toxic inert gasses that can be used instead of air between panes of glass to increase insulation and energy efficiency.
Components of an Insulated Glass Unit:
1.) Dual and Triple Pane glass Options
2.) High Performance Spacer Options
3.) Double stacked LowE2 Coatings
4.) Argon or Krypton Gases
Starting in 2014 Energy Star is tightening the requirements for window manufactures to meet the Energy Star requirements
What does this mean for you: the consumer? Currently, the majority of Window Manufactures are meeting the Energy Star requirements. Starting in 2014, with the raising standards, it will be harder for companies to produce a window that will meet their requirements, there for forcing better quality windows. A quality window, should already surpass the 2014 requirements. Starting in 2014 be sure you look for this sticker on your window (for the St. Louis Area. St. Louis lands in the North-Central Climate Zone.