Building Codes For Windows – Are Yours Safe and Effective?
Current building codes for windows in the City of Toledo simply require that all double-panel, solid-panel windows like those at Mercy Street be tempered, which is described as having “double safety glazing.” There is no provision for replacing single-pane glass windows in buildings that already have them. For single-paned glass, building codes only require that it be properly sealed against the elements. In fact, the city of Toledo has repeatedly passed laws requiring that all windows are properly sealed and keep out drafts, which are common occurrences during the summertime in most areas of the state. These laws apply to both new and old buildings, with some variations for certain types of windows.
There are also different building codes for windows for interior walls, which usually have a frosted-glass insert that can be removed and replaced with a single pane. Some of these inserts come with inset moldings that protect the glass from scratches, and there are even some homeowners who choose to have decorative cutouts or decorative cuts in their glass to enhance the appearance of their home improvement, custom home or land package. Single-paned glass is more durable and is often considered easier to work with. However, double-paned glass is considered by many to be superior in terms of durability and overall performance. The additional insulation provided by double-paned glass helps prevent heat from penetrating the interior of a home, while having the additional benefit of protecting against peeling and cracking. Homeowners who want a home that looks better than the next may find the benefits of both of these types of window treatments are worth the investment.
There are also building codes for windows for use on the second story or patio, including special provisions for double-paned windows that are installed in conjunction with skylights and other interior/exterior light fixtures. There are building codes for windows for garages that also include specific requirements for double-paned glass and muntin bars. No matter what type of windows you are interested in installing, it is important to ensure that the specifications of your building codes for windows and other exterior structures are met. Double-pane windows with the appropriate insulation requirements and design features will ensure that your new windows meet all the regulatory and safety requirements of your community and are built to last for many years.