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Are Low-E Glass Windows Tinted?

Low-E GlassIf you are looking at ways to reduce your energy bills and improve your home’s energy efficiency, then you should consider updating your windows and doors to make a substantial difference.  

No matter the season, installing impact windows and doors will help foster a more energy-efficient home. 

With so many options available, it can quickly become complex when deciding which glass package or framing material to choose from. 

Adding a simple tint or Low-E coating to your impact window and door selections allows you to drastically reduce your energy bills and improve your energy performance. 

Low-E Glass Windows vs. Tinted Windows

Low-E windows are not the same as having tinted windows because their energy performance and ratings are different. Likewise, you cannot tint a Low-E coated window and vice versa. 

Tinted windows help reduce the amount of heat intrusion from filtering through your windows and doors. And Low-E coatings are applied to the internal glass to separate both heat and light energy.

“Tinted windows and doors help reduce the amount of heat and light transfer, while low-E glass coatings reflect the heat back to the source allowing the short wave light to pass through for natural illumination.” - Eastern Architectural Systems

Benefits of Low-E Glass Windows

There are several benefits of choosing to add a Low-E coating to your windows. Some of which include: 

  • Consistent comfort inside your home
  • Reduced energy bills
  • No scratching off or required maintenance
  • No UV fading of your furniture or fabrics

2 Types of Low-E Glass Windows

There are two types of Low-E coatings you may choose to install in your home.

Type 1: Soft coat Low-E Glass Coating

This type has three silver coatings which means it has more energy-efficient properties and the best energy values in the market. 

Type 2: Hard coat Low-E Glass Coating

A hard coat Low-E coating typically only has one layer of silver coating applied. In contrast to a tinted window, this coating allows you to still enjoy natural illumination in the room while avoiding harmful UV ray damages.

Which is Right For Your Home: Tinted or Low-e Glass Windows?

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills, then installing impact glass windows with a tint or a Low-E coating is the way to go. 

Not sure which is the best choice for your home, budget, and lifestyle? Chat with a window and door dealer near you or learn more about your window options by clicking the button below to download our shopping guide.

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