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July 2, 2014

Does a Sunroom Make Sense in the New England Climate?

pic2In northern states where weather is a big factor in the everyday life, we have seen an important surge in the popularity of solariums in recent decades. Are you considering building one at the moment? Like any addition, sunrooms are a great way to add space to the home, but as the name suggests, these sunrooms allows a lot of sunlight into the room and hence, call for many special considerations. Here are a few answers to questions that you might already be asking yourself as you continue your planning.

Solariums, known more generically as sunrooms, are additions built with glass roofs and walls to let as much natural light inside the home as possible, which can lead to various home functions. These include allowing for more idyllic dining areas, recreation or spa rooms, indoor gardens or nurseries for those with a green thumb, or simply scenic relaxation or meditation spot.

As an added benefit, natural light coming through the sunroom can cut down lighting energy consumption. Another big benefit may also include passive solar gain lowering one’s winter energy bills. Southern site orientation is the best way to take advantage of this “clean,” free solar energy and can supply more than half of some homes’ heating needs, provided a door or other thermal barrier is utilized at night; otherwise heat gain during the day may be lost more quickly.

30708008Since thermal transfer is also a big concern during the other seasonal extreme, energy efficient windows and double-pane, insulated, fixed glass must be used for building a sunroom to protect against summer heat absorption, using low-E coatings to reflect more of the sunlight and keep the rooms from getting excessively hot. Since without AC, this is often not enough, window coverings or thick mesh sunscreens are often recommended to keep the room even more comfortable. Following these guidelines, homeowners will have fewer problems with their heating and cooling arrangements for the solstice seasons.

Although there is a good amount of regional ebb and flow to just how much you may find for dollar-for-dollar return on your investment once you decide to sell your home, one thing is for certain, the sheltered contact with the outdoors that a well-built sunroom provides remains one of the very best ways for you to add more market interest to your home, especially in locations with cooler climates like we have here in New England.

June 7, 2012

What does low e mean and how does it make glass better?

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Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with all the specific terms and phrases if you aren’t involved in the industry personally. That’s why we want to give you the chance to learn about the products we use and why! Today we explain low e glass and its benefits.

Windows are obviously a very important part of sunrooms!“Low e” is short for “low emissivity” or if you want to get even more accurate, “low thermal emissivity”. Reflectivity is inversely related to emissivity. All materials have a value for reflectivity and emissivity. For instance, a red brick has an emissivity of 0.9 and a reflectance of 0.1. Glass is naturally a high emissivity material with a low reflectance value (when viewed at a 90 degree angle). (more…)

May 3, 2012

Why is Argon used between the sheets of glass on most of the better grade insulating glass?

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Insulating glass is made with a space separating panes of glass for the same reason people used to install “storm windows” on their houses. Air that does not move is a good insulator. Most insulating materials are designed in a way that traps air to create small pockets of “dead air”. This is true about the fiberglass insulation in your walls, the foam plastic in your beer cooler, as well as your favorite sweater. When two pieces of glass are placed close together and sealed around the edges it creates a layer of dead air in between. If the space between is too wide, the air has room to move, that is why all insulating glass is better than single glass windows with a storm window over it. If the gap is too narrow, there is not enough air to act as an insulator, making it less effective. (more…)

January 4, 2012

What makes our sunroom glass different?

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We use special Split Silver Titanium Glass in all our sunrooms. Our coating and tinting formulas are optimized for the harsh New England climate so they perform well under a variety of weather conditions and temperatures while maintaining optimum insulating properties all year round.

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August 25, 2010

Solar Screens vs. Solar Glass

Filed under: Business News,Glass,Solar Glass,Solar Screens,Solarium,Sunrooms — Sunrooms by Brady @ 11:36 am

Solar screens, the best way to manage sunroom temperatures year-round.

There are many competing claims by sunroom manufacturers about glass.  Some claim to have the “best” glass in the industry, others claim that their glass blocks out most of the sun’s heat in summer; others say theirs allows most of the sun’s warmth through in the winter.  Like so many things in life, you can’t have it all.  Magic glass is a myth.  Designing glazing systems is a science that requires a clear understanding of what it will be used for, what qualities are most important and where compromises can be made.  Glass, if not modified, allows most of the visible light spectrum to pass through and has virtually no insulating value.  What this means is any light that passes through the glass will strike another surface (inside your house or sunroom) and either be reflected or absorbed.  The light that is absorbed is converted into heat energy (remember the conservation of energy law from high school physics class?).  This heat in the winter is desirable and in the summer can make the room uncomfortably hot. (more…)

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