As glass technology continues to evolve and manufacturers seek ways to make window products more efficient and cost-effective, speculation mounts as to what we can expect from the insulating glass industry in the future.
Increased information flow
Glass experts claim that in recent times, there has been a more open information flow in the industry, on both a local and global scale. Experts reckon this will continue, as modern technology and advanced logistics encourage the sharing of industry knowledge.
Trend towards sustainability
Glass manufacturers on a global level have been turning their attentions to sustainability, and this will remain a dominant feature in the years to come. However, sustainability will take a wider approach in the future, with more emphasis on choosing sustainable solutions that impact the entire supply chain and its management.
The rise of triple glazing
Triple glazing used to be a select product used in certain countries only, but it is starting to become more mainstream, and this trend is set to continue. In particular, as manufacturers strive towards becoming more energy efficient, the units of glass have been insulated with gas fill.
According to Glasstec, the problem with triple glazing is its substantial weight of 30kg/m2 which can cause difficulties with installation and transportation. To help combat this problem, manufacturers are increasingly looking towards vacuum insulation glass, which has a low E-coating and is around 50% lighter than standard triple glazing. Although not yet available as a marketable product, it is only a matter of time before this changes.
The future of quadruple glazing
Anyone looking to replace their windows will currently choose a reputable supplier, such as Double Glazing in Cheltenham, Firmfix. Whether you require double glazing in Gloucester or elsewhere, it could be that in the future, more suppliers will offer their customers the chance to purchase quadruple glazing, which boasts excellent thermal insulation.
Quality insulation glass requirements are continually increasing, especially with regards to legislation. Over time, these requirements will pave the way for more stringent rules for manufacturers. The issue of multifunctionality is one aspect that is likely to be an ongoing concern, now and in the future, where manufacturers are faced with the challenge of creating smart glazing that is secure, insulates sound, preserves heat and makes effective use of solar radiation.