An insulated glass unit consists of two or more monolithic panes of glass separated by an aluminum spacer. The space between the glasses is filled with air or could be filled with a vacuum or other types of gases designed to reduce heat transfer or block out noise. The spacer is filled a moisture absorbent drying agent to avoid a condensation building inside the unit.
Types of Monolithic Glass
Annealed – Cooled at a slower rate to relieve internal stress. Annealing glass greatly reduced the risk of cracking during temperature changes.
Tempered – Also known as Tough Glass. Tempered glass is much harder than annealed. When broken, it is designed to shatter into small, shaped pieces, which makes it one of the safest options.
Laminated – Classified as two or more panes of monolithic glass bonded together by Polyvinyl Butryal. The multi-layer adds durability to the glass creating a safety aspect to it. Laminated glass is commonly used in areas where there is expected to be a lot of human impact, like Store Front windows, car windshield and skylight windows.
Just when you thought you’ve reached maximum insulation, we introduce to you, Triple Insulation. Adding a third layer of glass will insulate your unit even farther. It could lower the U-Value to less then half* Adding a third pane creates a second chamber to capture and reflect even more heat gain. High Performance Low Emission coatings can be applied to any of the 6 glass surfaces*From Monolithic Glass
Spandrel is a coating you can add to your Tower Insulating Glass Unit to make your glass opaque. When a structure has a large glass exterior, spandrel could be used to cover or hide any construction materials. It could also be used to add a visual separation or design to your glass. Adding spandrel to your project could add a more seamless, finished exterior to your project.
Grids & Notches
Give a Tower Insulating Glass unit your own touch. Customize it with grids and notches that could make your project one of a kind.
GRIDS can be added to your unit to create a paneling effect. It could be as little as one grid splitting a unit to making whatever kind of creation you can imagine.
NOTCHES are indentations or cut outs to the frame of the unit. Whether you’re looking to add a handle to a door, match any architectural design or just looking to add an artistic touch, notches and grids could make any insulated glass unit something special. Ask about them today.
LEAD TAPE can be used with the grids to cover any grids with an external layer for a smoother, sleeker look.
Triple – An extra layer of insulation, a third pane of glass is used
Patterns – Add some character to your glass whether it be Acid Etched, Reeded, Mayflower or one of our many other patterns
Spandrel – Conceal structural columns with a panel of wall between units
Argon & SF6 Gas – Fills the unit to reduce heat or noise transfer
Double-sealed Aluminum Spacers – A secondary backing, often silicone, provides structural strength and prevents loss of gases
Super Spacers – Insulate your unit farther with a special non-metal spacer
Muntins (grids) – Customize your glass unit. Put some grids on it to give it a paneled look