Entry doors and windows have come a long way from the wood, glass and metal constructs of yesteryear. Today’s manufacturing technologies have made such innovations like our own Fibrex® material frames, among others. Read on as we take a look at some of the emerging technologies that could very well be commonplace in your future windows and entry doors.
Tint-On-Demand – Controlling the amount of natural light and privacy can be done by either choosing window tints, which semi-permanently block natural light, or using window treatments. But what if you can control the tint depending on your needs? Electrochromic technology allows tint-on-demand by changing the opacity of the glazing using a combination of electrolyte gel and controlled voltage. This technology is already in use in passenger aircraft, with techniques being developed to allow use in residential applications.
Transition Glazing – You may already have seen photochromic, or transition lenses used in prescription eyewear. These lenses look like ordinary clear glass when indoors, but turn dark when exposed to UV rays. A similar technology is being developed, called thermochromic technology. In addition to UV rays, the glass also reacts to heat. This is ideal if you have windows or patio doors facing extremely bright exteriors.
Solar-Powered Windows – Solar panel technology has been around for a long time, and are typically installed on roofs. A lot of sunlight lands on your windows too, but solar panels on windows don’t exactly make your home attractive, nor your windows useful. Fortunately, researchers at Michigan State University have found a way to incorporate a transparent layer of material that collects solar energy. While the current energy conversion rate is small, it’s only a matter of time before this technology becomes standard on homes, commercial properties, and even cars.
Bird-Friendly Windows – Millions of birds die or get injured from flying into clear windows, so it only makes sense to develop bird-friendly windows. This technology incorporates adding a patterned coating that is only visible to birds, thanks to their ability to see UV rays. Ultimately, you’d get glass that looks visible to the naked eye, but looks like a patterned wall to birds. After testing and approval by the American Bird Conservancy, this feature is being adopted by homeowners who live areas situated in bird migration paths.
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