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Zo-e-shield® 8 Offers Additional Energy Efficiency, Durability

11/15/2011
Weather Shield® recently introduced the latest addition to its energy efficient, high-performance glazing system, Zo-e-shield®. The new configuration expands on the Zo-e-shield 7 configuration. There are three panes of glass with two argon-filled optimized air spaces between the panes for added insulation.

This proprietary glazing system delivers the most energy efficient residential glass available, which can reduce annual energy bills by as much as 30 percent.

The Zo-e-shield glazing system is available on many of the company’s windows and doors in a number of configurations – from Zo-e-shield 5 now through Zo-e-shield 8 – to fit an array of applications. The proprietary glazing system features the Real Warm Edge™ Flexible Spacer, EasyCare™ glass coating, multiple layers of Low E2 coating and argon gas-filled airspaces.

“Glass is only one component of the Zo-e-shield glazing system. Our company is one of the very few – if not the only – major window manufacturer that cuts, insulates and tempers its own glass anymore,” explained Weather Shield’s Wood and Fiberglass Products Brand Manager, Dave Koester.

“When Weather Shield launched the Zo-e-shield glazing system a couple of years ago, we challenged other manufacturers in the industry to develop equally energy efficient systems,” explained Koester.

“It’s not about the glass alone. It’s a system,” added Weather Shield’s Architectural Brand Manager, Jeff Kibler.

“Since we produce a majority of our finished glass in-house, we have the opportunity to use superior components available making best-in-class products. That’s what makes Zo-e-shield glass proprietary and only available in Weather Shield products.”

Real Warm Edge Spacer Reduces Heat Transfer, CondensationThe metal-free Real Warm Edge Flexible Spacer seals the glass to virtually eliminate air getting into the gasfilled layers. “When the temperature drops outside a typical metal spacer transfers cold to the interior. That’s when people may notice condensation or frost on the inside of the window,” explained Koester. “The Warm Edge spacer reduces that tendency. As a result, our windows don’t transfer the volume of moisture compared to windows with metal spacers.” Homeowners that have experienced condensation and the subsequent blackening, molding or rotting of their windowsills understand the importance of this feature.

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