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Old 03-01-09, 08:43 AM
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how true and effective are self-cleaning glass

Hi there. I need some advice on how true and effective are self-cleaning glass as claimed by Andersen windows? Is it worth the premium one pays against the standard glass? Likewise, when they say high impact resistant glass, does this mean the glass is unbreakable? We have very strong hurricanes in Guam. Will the glass hold? I have never heard of a glass that claims to be shatterproof but the agent was so convincing by kicking the sample window right smack in the middle and it didn't break. The sound though was like striking a drum so I thought maybe the glass is a special material after all like polycarbonate? Any thoughts? Thanks
 
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Old 03-01-09, 09:33 AM
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The self cleaning glass might be worth it if you had a ton of difficult to access windows. IIRC it basically reacts with UV in sunlight to help breakdown organics like bird doo and bug specs, then the rain washes off the debris (Hmmm does it still rain in Guam? ...lol)
Andersen® glass options | High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass | High-Performance Low E Glass | Dual Pane Low Emissivity Glass

Most Andersen windows are pretty easy to clean, either by tilting (on DH) or unlatching (on full open casements).

The glass is not "unbreakable ". Again IIRC, it has a layer of tempered glass, with a laminated plastic membrane, similar to a car windshield. Much stronger than regular glass, but designed to prevent flying shards. Would probably hold up to very very strong winds, but not from the impact of a tree limb at 120 mph.

Here is a link....check this page and also the LoE-4 link on it..see which applies.

http://www.andersenwindows.com/_Imag...PopUpLowE4.jpg
 
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Old 03-02-09, 08:07 AM
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Thanks Gunguy45. Will check out your links and hope I make the right decision.
 
 

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