Glass intensifies heat from the sun. This can make spaces with lots of windows hot and uncomfortable.
Solar control glazing is a specialised type of glass designed to alleviate this problem.
Solar control glazing has been around for some time but is mostly found in commercial buildings. Today, it’s much cheaper than it used to be, which means that it is accessible to more and more property owners.
What is solar control glazing?
Solar control glazing is a sort of glass that is designed to lower temperature build-up in rooms and structures during sunny weather.
It is a good option for property owners who would like a cool home without having to exclude natural light with blinds or install air conditioning.
How does solar control glazing work?
Solar control glazing has an extremely thin coating on one side. This lowers the amount of solar radiation that moves through the glass by reflecting some of it back into the environment. It also restricts the amount of radiation that does travel through and absorbs some of the energy.
While solar control glazing is extremely effective, it needs to be used with rather than instead of other solutions. Ventilating a room and keeping it shaded when not in use will work with solar control glazing to keep your home cool.
What are the advantages of solar control glazing?
Solar control glazing has multiple advantages. Many homeowners have rooms that they don’t use in the summer because sunlight makes them uncomfortably warm. This is an especially common issue for people who have south-facing rooms with big windows or conservatories.
Fitting solar control glazing can help to boost the amount of living space you have during the summer and make your home more comfortable.
Other advantages of solar control glazing are that it:
- Is effective even in spaces with large amounts of glazing
- Decreases glare without blocking out daylight
- Is more durable and long-lasting than blinds
- Is more durable and energy-efficient than air conditioning
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