Storm doors can add a lot of value to your home. The provide many beneficial features for your front door and entryway. Selecting the right storm door can be a difficult decision as there are a lot of considerations to make. One of them being the right kind of glass insert for the storm door. There are 3 main options for the glass type and they all have different features and benefits. Let’s take a look at the options.
The first option a standard clear glass. The clear glass type is a tempered glass which is a type of safety glass. It is processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength and durability in comparison with non-tempered glass. Because of this, tempered glass is rated 5 times stronger than regular glass.
#2. Low-E Glass
Low-E glass is also a clear glass but also contains a specialized clear film that makes the glass much more energy efficient. The clear film reflects radiant heat back from the direction it came from. That means that in the summer, it helps bounce the heat away from your home and in the winter, it helps bounce heat back into your home. The Low-E glass type is rated 29% more energy efficient than clear glass.
Laminated glass is a double pane clear glass. It has a sheet of laminate between the two layers of glass that is permanently sealed. This provides a huge increase in security and durability to the glass which makes this glass impact resistant. Impact resistant glass is common in areas that can experience intense weather conditions. This glass also increases the protection of UV exposure which can help resist fading of your entry door.
Not all glass is created equal so it’s important to understand the differences when selection your new Andersen Storm Door. If you are interested in learning more about Andersen Storm Doors, visit our storm door information page here.