If you’ve been looking out of cloudy windows, but fear the cost of reconstructing them, Ridgefield Glass, a local custom glass retailer, is helping Fairfield County residents by providing a more cost-effective solution with insulated thermal replacement windows.
“Many people see a foggy window and automatically think the only option is to replace the entire window,” said John Petronka, co-owner of Ridgefield Glass. “In reality, all they need is replacement glass that actually costs hundreds of dollars less.”
Besides budgetary benefits, another advantage of thermal replacement glass is that it restores and preserves the original aesthetic style of a home as each piece is custom-cut to fit any size window.
Petchonka also notes that when replacing the glass, the new glass can be upgraded to low emissivity, or Low E glass, that limits the amount of ultra violet radiation from the sun that enters into the home and thus, protects against damaging fading on carpet and furniture. In addition, Low E glass helps retain heat in the house during the winter months and keeps the home cooler in the summer by reducing solar radiant heat.
Insulated or "double-pane" glass consists of two panes of glass separated by a space. The perimeter of the glass is sealed, allowing no movement of outside air into the space. The space itself can be filled with dehydrated air or with a special gas. The type of glass, the type of spacer, and the type of gas used in the space contribute to the overall insulating efficiency of the glass and total cost.
Insulated glass can be found in both new residential and business construction. It is required by building codes in many areas as a mandatory energy conservation measure because single pane glass has no insulating value.
The standard 1" commercial insulated glass unit consists of two panes of 1/4" glass and a nominal 1/2" air space. Custom insulated glass unit designs can range in thicknesses from 1/8" to 3/4" per pane with an air space from 3/16" to 7/8". Spacer colors may be clear, bronze, black and aluminum.
Founded in 1974, Ridgefield Glass is the exclusive provider of ultra frameless shower doors and bathroom enclosures in Connecticut, which are installed without clips, wall channel or headers. Besides its full-service, custom design glass department, the retailer offers the most modern applications in mirrors, insulated and commercial glass for both the residential and business market. For further information, visit www.ridgefieldglass.com or call 203.438.3105.