textured glass

The use of textured glass is not all that common in residential home construction or home remodeling projects. But when it comes to commercial properties there are many applications for textured glass. These unique glass panels have more to offer a business than they do an individual, because their functional needs are very different than that of the average homeowner. Read more

acoustical glass ratings

When shopping for new home windows we don’t often consider the acoustical glass ratings of the product. In fact, for most home owners it is the farthest thing from your mind. But if you live in a noisy urban area of if your home is located close to a freeway, railroad, or simply adjacent to a busy street, you may want to ask for the acoustical glass ratings before you buy your new windows. Read more

Argon Gas Filled Windows

Why would you want Argon gas filled windows in your home? Are insulated windows really more efficient than their single pane counterparts? If so why? The short story is that the introduction of Argon into the space between two panes of glass creates an insulation barrier. Just like the insulation in the walls of your home, Argon gas filled windows keep the heat in and the cold out. Of course, the opposite is true when installing energy efficient insulated glass windows in warm climates. In this case the insulation barrier reduces the heat transfer from the hot air outside so your home will stay cooler inside in the summer. Read more

fenestration types

When it comes to windows, there are a multitude of fenestration types available to choose from. If you are replacing the windows in your home or commercial property you must consider the materials used in the construction of the frame as well as the glazing material itself. By choosing the correct combination of frame material and glazing options most suited for your specific climate you can optimize the performance of your new windows. Read more

Stadium Glass

While watching the Super Bowl today I couldn’t help myself from thinking about the use of Stadium Glass and how fenestration is applied to the design of today’s NFL stadiums. Glass is strategically placed in new stadium designs to enhance the views from interior spaces overlooking the playing surface. A large bank of windows can highlight outdoor scenery while at the same time providing ample visibility into the facility. When used appropriately, stadium glass provides a sense of elegance despite the overwhelming size of the arena. Read more

fenestration design fundamentals

To understand fenestration design fundamentals, we should first take a look at the meaning of the term “Fenestration.” From there we can explore in greater detail fenestration design fundamentals, as they apply to the architectural world. Read more

NFRC Window Ratings

If you have a basic understanding of NFRC Window Ratings you can confidently select windows that are best suited for your home. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has simplified the window selection process for the average consumer. The NFRC is a nonprofit organization that has established the labeling requirements for windows and doors sold today. The program they created ensures that windows and doors are tested, certified, and labeled by independent labs throughout the country. Read more

Window Fenestration

Before we tell you about the new NFRC testing requirements, we better tell you what window fenestration is and how it relates to your window selection. The latest news in the window fenestration industry will be one of our focus topics here on the OSR Blog, so come back often to stay up-to-date. Read more

window condensation

There are three main factors that cause window condensation; cold outdoor temperatures, excessive indoor humidity, and window surface temperatures that are lower than the dew point of the air inside your home. The dew point is the temperature at which moisture in the air begins to form into visible water drops. In the case of windows, if the glass surface falls below the dew point of the air, water droplets will begin to form on the glass. Read more

Energy Efficient Windows

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of installing new energy efficient windows in your home. The older your home, and the older the windows, the more pronounced the benefits and savings when you upgrade to energy efficient windows such as the Cardinal Glass LoĒ³-366®. Read more