A home or office without windows can become a dank, dreary place, whereas windows can open up the space, and make a room much lighter and more airy. Even if the windows are not the kind which opens, their presence can make a room seem much larger! It is no surprise then, that since the invention of windows, architects have been using windows, glass and plastic in a variety of different ways to create different effects. Some glass is designed and used to improve privacy, some is used to help to control the heat in a room, and some is used for art! Check Santa Fe Glass – Gladstone.
Double glazed glass can be installed by commercial glass installation experts in areas which get very cold in winter, or very hot in summer. Double glazing seeks to reduce the level of noise and heat transfer, which means that in winter, heat is lost far less easily from a room, whereas in summer, when offices or homes have their air conditioning switched on, heat is transferred in less easily from the outside, helping to keep the room cooler. Noise transfer is also reduced, making the room quieter by reducing the levels of noise pollution coming in from the outside. This is only the case when the windows are kept shut.
Tinted windows can be put in by commercial glass installation experts in areas where heat and direct sunshine may be a problem for those inside. Tinted windows can help to reduce the heat from the sun and the light intensity in a room by between 10 – 15% depending on the level of the tint in the glass. Heavily tinted windows are also often used in museums, where the exhibits may be damaged by heat or direct sunshine. Some tinted windows may also be reflective, so that people who are outside looking in will only see their reflection, whereas people who are inside, looking out will be able to see through the window properly (albeit with a slightly “tinted” view of the world!). This sort of tinted glass is particularly well suited to offices or buildings where a higher degree of privacy is needed. Tinted glass can be used in doors as well, in areas of very bright sunlight such as hotel balcony doors, because normal glass can become so transparent in high levels of sunlight that it is almost impossible to see, and it can be very dangerous if people are likely to walk into it.
Stained glass has been used for centuries in churches and other institutions to decorate the building. The purpose of stained glass is not to allow people to see out from or into a building, but to allow the architect and designer to let light into a building in a controlled way, and to tell a story using the light and the pictures which it helps to enhance. Because working with stained glass is a highly specialised discipline and art form, many commercial glass installation experts are not able to install and maintain stained glass windows.