Pacific Timberworks uses only two or three-pane glazing for your safety and comfort.
Fixed glass panels, tilt-and-turn window, sliding and folding doors are just some of the options available for your sunroom. Depending upon your sunroom’s location, and your intended use, either thermally-insulated or solar-controlled glass products can be used.
UV & Heat Protection Glazing
At Pacific Timberworks, only two-or three-pane glazing are used to provide optimal skin for your sunroom. In addition to the thermal insulation advantage, glass filling, edge-sealing system, heat-resistant coating and/or security glazing are important factors to be considered.
For overhead and vertical glazing, we use only laminated safety glass. A hail-proof, tempered safety glass (ESG) is used for the outer layer, while the inner layer is a splinter-binding laminated safety glass (LSG). The individual layers are made by a special, very high tensile strength welded and usually transparent polyvinyl butyral film (PVB) to form an inseparable unit. This film can be transparent, translucent (transparent), colored or UV-protective.
Open your winter garden to nature with a few simple steps. In addition to the fixed glass roof system, we offer a diversity of access concepts. From the classic tilt-and-turn windows and doors to parallel sliding elements and folding glass doors, we can offer you tailor-made, large-opening concepts.
Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass
Using Low-E Glass
Choose large areas of glazing to maximize internal space and light, whilst improving the energy efficiency and comfort of your home all year round. Thermally insulating low emissivity (Low-E) glass can be combined with many other products for multifunctional glazing, such as low-maintenance, solar control (for year round comfort!), noise reduction, decorative glass and enhanced safety and security. We recommend the use of Low-E glass for the following benefits:
- Thermal insulation – reduced heat loss saves you money on your air-conditioning bills.
- Promotes solar heat gain – free heat from the sun passes easily through the glass helping to warm your home.
- Energy efficient – reduced need for heating helps to save energy and protect the environment.
- More comfortable rooms – improved thermal insulation means fewer cold spots and drafts near windows and doors.
- Less condensation –the inner surface of the glass stays warmer therefore reducing condensation inside.
Low-emissivity glass has a transparent metallic coating that reflects the heat from radiators and fires back into the room, rather than allowing it to escape through the windows. At the same time it allows free heat and light from the sun to pass through the glass, warming your home and further contributing to the energy efficiency of your windows.
Window Energy Ratings
Government Building Regulations require us to use products that save energy to help protect the environment. A Window Energy Rating scheme has now been introduced to assess the overall energy efficiency of a window and offers a new means of compliance with these regulations. Using a thermally insulating glass (also known as a low-emissivity or low-E glass) is the most effective way of improving window and façade energy ratings.
Solar Control Glass
Glass that keeps the heat out!
Solar control glass can be used to keep interiors more comfortable by preventing excessive heat build up in sunny weather without the need for costly air conditioning or blinds. Solar control glass can be combined with many other products for multi-functional glazing, such as thermal insulation (for year round comfort!), low-maintenance, noise reduction, decorative glass and enhanced safety and security. Here are some of the benefit:
- Reflects up to 2/3 heat from the sun to keep interiors cooler, even with large areas of glazing such as conservatories.
- Less need for costly air conditioning or unsightly blinds for maximum light and a feeling of space.
- An energy efficient way to keep interiors cooler.
- Filters uncomfortable glare from the sun, whilst letting in lots of natural light.
- An attractive and luxurious alternative to plastic roofs.
How Does Solar Control Glass Work?
Solar control glass has a microscopically thin coating on one side that reflects heat from the sun to the outside. This helps to prevent overheating in conservatories and areas with overhead glazing. It can also reduce uncomfortable glare from direct sunlight.
A transparent coating on the outside of the glass harnesses the power of both sun and rain to efficiently remove dirt and grime. Put the chore of window cleaning behind you thanks to low-maintenance, self-cleaning glass! Self-cleaning glass does not need to be cleaned as frequently as normal glass. However it is not 100% maintenance free. Self-cleaning glass can be combined with many other products for multi-functional glazing, such as thermal and solar control, noise reduction and enhanced safety and security. It is kept clean using natural elements present in UV light from the sun and rain so the “chore” of window cleaning is considerably reduced. Here are some benefits:
- Less frequent cleaning – windows stay cleaner for longer
- Much easier cleaning – less dirt and grime adheres to the glass.
- Save money – the cost of window cleaning is reduced
- Ideal for hard to reach areas – such as roofs
- Permanent coating – lasts the lifetime of the window itself.
- Environmentally friendly – less frequent use of water and detergents
How Does Self-Cleaning Glass Work?
A transparent coating on the outside of the glass harnesses the power of both sun and rain to efficiently remove dirt and grime. Exposure to the UV rays present in daylight triggers the decomposition of organic dirt and prevents mineral dirt from adhering to the surface of the glass. It also turns it “hydrophilic” meaning that when it rains the water sheets across the glass, without forming droplets, rinsing away the broken down dirty residues.
Only a small amount of sunlight is required to activate the coating so the self-cleaning function will work even on cloudy days. A simple rinse of water during dry spells will help keep windows clean.
Accumulation of grime and dirty water marks.
Action 1 : Photocatalysis Exposure to the UV rays in daylight triggers the decomposition of organic dirt and causes the surface of the glass to turn hydrophilic.
Action 2 : hydrophilic action Water (or rain) forms a sheet of water across the surface of the glass and rinses away broken-down organic dirt and mineral material.