There are different options in selecting which type of glass will be best for your sunroom project. There are different levels of LoE glass, some with better insulating factors and others that are tinted for UV protection. Glass is rated by the solar heat gain ratings and the insulating qualities, obviously the better the ratings the better the glass. As well, it is highly recommended to use tempered glass in any sunroom project for strength and safety. Let’s look at what options are available to create the best sunroom glass available today.
LoE3 (cubed) A New Standard
This is the ultimate performance glass. LoE3 delivers the ideal balance of solar control and high visibility. It is the best for the highest levels of year round comfort and energy savings, reducing your yearly energy costs. The secret is a triple layer of silver. This is way above the ordinary low-E glass, LoE3 sets the new standard. Another plus is LoE3 provides the ultimate in fading protection. It blocks 95% of the sun’s damaging rays. Your carpets, furniture and wall coverings will stay beautiful for many years.
LoE2 A Good Choice
In the winter, LoE2 reflects the heat right back into the room. LoE2 glass has two layers of silver. In the summer months, it rejects the sun’s heat and damaging rays. LoE2 does not have a “bluish’ cast or does not haze. How well your glass insulates effect has a direct impact on how your rooms feel. LoE2 blocks enough solar heat that cooling loads can be cut by 25% or more, compared to ordinary LoE glass and clear glass. LoE2 has a patented technology coating, which filters out solar heat, but allows the daylight to pass through. In fact it blocks 84% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. This translates to comfort and substantial energy savings.
Single Tinted Glass
This type of glass is best for southern climates as the primary purpose for the tint is to reflect the solar heat gain (sun glare). It has good solar heat gain, but lower insulating ratings. This glass could be used in seasonal rooms, but with the reflection of the solar heat gain this glass type could be detrimental to the use of the room in the winter depending on the local climate conditions. It is not recommended to use this single tinted glass for year round rooms. This type of glass with its heavy bronze or smoke colored tints tends to darken the personality of your home.
Armed with the above information provided you should be able to choose which is “best” for your project.