Architects have to consider a wide range of factors when designing a home. One of the most significant concerns in architecture today is energy efficiency. Choosing designs and materials that make the most efficient use of space, energy and light is important. Glass paint may be emerging as one of the go-to decorative materials of the 21st century. Here’s why.
Glass paint works well with any construction
Glass is undoubtedly attractive as an architectural material. Aside from being able to transmit natural light, glass is a pretty good sound absorber. It’s easy to clean, plentiful and strong. It can be used both architecturally and decoratively in both commercial and residential applications. It can also be combined with other materials, like cement, to create durable, unusual and attractive surfaces.
That’s the good part about glass. The bad part about glass is that by itself, it isn’t very energy-efficient. Large expansive windows give a space a lot of natural light, but they also allow the structure to exchange heated air. In the winter, windows are a primary source of heat escape. In the summer, they’re a primary source of heat. Both of these conditions tend to make heating and cooling bills go through the roof.
Being able to control light is key to being able to control heat. Heat is part of the invisible light spectrum, so coatings that can reject or reduce heat gain become an important component in design. GlassPrimer™ glass paint is such a coating. When applied to windows, it can reduce solar heat gain by helping to reject the light frequencies that contribute heat. Careful application can help reduce solar heat gain without eliminating visible light penetration.
GlassPrimer™ glass paint can be used in both interior and exterior applications to control light and heat, and create privacy. It’s a cost effective alternative to frosted glass, and can provide coverage for about $1 per square foot of glass. Unlike traditional frosted glass, however, GlassPrimer™ glass paint can be tinted to match the paint palette of virtually any paint manufacturer. This means you can create a colored frosted effect, which simply isn’t possible with true frosted glass or colored frosted glass.
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