Informative Window Posts from Oberon
We have taken the time to compile here what we call, "The Best of Oberon", who is one of our more famous visitors to our discussion board. He brings the science of fenestration to a whole new level. Many of his posts are classics, and often go way over even our own heads.
If you're looking for some deep thinking on replacement windows, this is the place to start!
- Window Choices
An important question, why are you replacing your windows? Whether it is aesthetics, maintenance, energy or money saving, read about the options with your overall goal in mind.
- Laminated Glass
A discussion on laminated glass; topics include the phenomenon of "double vision" and its existence, light transmission and reflection properties.
- Impact Windows
What are impact windows? Read about four different types of impact glass that are manufactured, their major differences and the best performers.
What types of windows are there?
- Self Cleaning Glass
Can this type of window glass truly be capable of cleaning itself? Read about the characteristics of this glass and the reasons why they are titled "self cleaning."
- Coated Glass
There are two types of coated glass, soft-coat and hard-coat. Both of these types contain different properties when it comes to blocking UV rays, temperature changes and light emission.
- Low E Coatings
What is the definition of "Low E" or low thermal emissivity? Discover its significance in matters such as determining the heat flow and conduction through a window.
- Soft Hard Coat - Low E
Understand the difference between types of Low E windows to determine the difference of quality between older and newer generations of Low E.
- Pressure Ratings
The importance of Design Pressure, or DP, revolves around knowing how a window will stand up to wind speed/strength. What is a good rating?
- U Value
The U Value describes how well a window can conduct heat. Determine what Oberon describes as the reason why U and R values exist as a measurement of thermal energy.
What type of glass to choose?
- Sound Transmission
A quick lesson on the science of sound including important vocabulary including amplification, amplitude, sound transmission loss and more useful information
An overview of what three things you should consider when soundproofing your windows; a combination of knowledge on laminated glass, wider airspace and glass thickness.
- Sound Deadening
STC or Sound Transmission Class is a rating of how well a window can reduce the force of sound. Here is the discussion on what window size has to do with sound transmission.
- Sound Blocking
Different sizes of laminate windows produce various levels of STC which impacts their sound blocking quality. Read more about the comparisons between different sizes.
- Sound Performance
A description of the impact glass thickness and airspace has on window panes and preventing unwanted outside sound. Are additional panes more beneficial?
- Outside Noise
Does changing the thickness of glass have the same function as installing laminated glass when it comes to blocking outside noise
- Air Space
The width and thickness of airspace between two panes of glass can determine whether sound is amplified or is stifled through a window. Read more about specific dimensions and their sound properties.
- Hurricane Windows
If you are searching for sound and hurricane proof windows, then laminated glass is Oberon's answer. Take a look over the five different types of products available.
What About Noise?
An IGU or an Insulated Glass Unit are panes of glass separated by gas. What is their purpose in means of production and amount of pressure that they can handle?
- IGU Filling
In this discussion, Oberon describes what it means when an Insulated Glass Unit is sealed with argon gas and its overall purpose.
- Air Infiltration
How can you avoid unwanted air entering through their closed windows? In addition, is there a correlation between DP and this problem?
A discussion on the main difference between the use of argon and krypton gasses as IGU's and how manufacturers insert gas into windows after installation.
Should you be concerned about condensation building up on the inside of windows? It may just be the household humidity levels that are the issue, not the window itself.
Desiccant is a substance used to keep the inside space of a window dry. Read more about its function and its occurrence in different types of spacing systems.
What about gas and air?
This response describes the function of the width of space between the panes of glass and what it has to do with a window's optimum energy performance.
- Spacer Window Performance
Determining the width of space and gas combination in a window are an important decision. Consider the most energy efficient option, the most optimal spacing or preferred type of gas.
How does spacing work?
The advantages of PGT brand windows and their impact glass windows.
Solar heat gain coefficient is the amount of solar radiation admitted through a window. Is this a good or bad thing and what is the significance of SHGC numbers?
Concerned about scratches? Read here to see if you should be worried with hairline scratches on your windows and what to do about them.
- Imploding Window
Read the more about the legend; whether or not gas buildup can cause older windows to implode.
If a tree falls in a forest, but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? -a discussion on sound, physics and philosophy by Oberon.