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We’ve mentioned how innovation impacted window manufacturing throughout the 1950s to the 1970s. Since the 1980s things have continued apace. Let’s take a look.

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1980s

Round Top

Previously manufactured by hand in small workshops, Round Top started to be mass produced for the first time in the 1980s. An engineer from Marvin used his boat building experience to come up with a mass manufacturing process for curved and wooden frames that could be mass manufactured. This innovation changed the way homes were designed forever.

Low-E Glass

These types of windows used a new technology which used a transparent metal coating to slow down the transfer of heat across the glass. This resulted in heat being reflected back into the house during winter months and reflected out during the warmer months. The first products featured suspended film which was replaced by depositing the coating directly onto the glass – a process that ended up being less costly.

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Today buyers will find this glass sold by many distributors of windows and conservatories Tewkesbury based www.firmfix.co.uk/conservatories/ being one example.

1990s

Impact Glass

After 1992’s Hurricane Andrew ripped through Florida causing $7.3 billion worth of damage, as described in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Andrew, officials claimed that much of the damage was caused by pressurised houses that were blown inside out due to the high winds. As a result, impact windows were developed as a means of stopping wind from entering a building. Known also as hurricane windows, these new impact resistant windows were constructed from a mixture of laminated glass, like the ones you find in car windows and hardware that was heavy-duty. Areas in the United States which are prone to high wind weather patterns now require these as part of building code regulations.

Ultrex Frames

While vinyl windows proved to be popular, they weren’t very strong, suffering from expansion and contraction issues due to temperature changes. In the mid-1990s windows made from fiberglass-based materials came into existence. Marvin’s Ultrex was one example. It was vastly stronger than aluminium, wood and vinyl and was better at blocking heat transfer.

2000s

Dynamic Glass

Dynamic windows are the latest technological advancements in the world of window manufacturing. These electrochromic windows darken or lighten through the use of electric currents blocking heat transfer, while remaining transparenta

 

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