Frequently Asked Questions About Security, Sound and UV Protection
We've taken the questions we most often hear from homeowners like you regarding security, sound and UV protection and had our engineers and experts answer themto help you learn more about how your windows can help protect you and your home.
QUESTIONS ABOUT SECURITY, SOUND AND UV PROTECTION
- How much protection do windows provide against forced entry?
- Can windows and doors reduce outside noise?
- Can windows keep out UV radiation that fades carpeting, furniture, draperies and upholstery?
How much protection do windows provide against forced entry?
Generally, not much with typical windows and doors. However there's a new security concept that's growing quickly in popularity throughout the U.S. The idea of using special laminated glass, similar to that found in auto windshields, in conjunction with extremely tough vinyl windows and doors. Soft-Lite Gorell offers exactly this concept in its Armor Glass® Plus systems, which typically take up to 30 powerful hits of a baseball bat before even a small hole is formed. In a real-life scenario, the whole neighborhood would be alerted after about the fifth hit!
Can windows and doors reduce outside noise?
All windows and doors reduce noise to some degree. The best solution, however, is to use a laminated, insulating glass like Soft-Lite Gorell's Armor Glass® Plus system in windows and doors. It provides as much as a 100 percent improvement in sound deadening over other glass types.
Can windows keep out UV radiation that fades carpeting, furniture, draperies and upholstery?
Using a low-emissivity glass in your new windows or doors will filter more than 50 percent of the damaging UV light. The absolute most effective glass for this purpose, however, is laminated insulating glasslike the Soft-Lite Gorell Armor Glass® Plus system. It features a polyvinyl butyral inner layer and a low-emissivity coating that filters more than 99 percent of UV radiation that fades interior furnishings.