When it comes to paying out for double glazing it is certainly a wise investment rather than an unnecessary spend. If you currently have single glazing throughout your home, the biggest improvement it will make to your home is reducing your heating bills and making your house generally feel a lot warmer.
Not only will double glazing help towards your carbon footprint on the planet by drastically reducing your CO2 home emissions, but you will certainly notice the difference when it comes to noise reduction from the outside world.
Interesting Facts About Double Glazing
- Did you know that around 18% of the heat contained in your house is lost through your windows alone. Just think of how much warmer your property would be if you had double glazing installed.
- By installing replacement windows you can reduce around 800kg of carbon monoxide per year being released into the atmosphere.
- Top quality double glazing can last up to around 15 years before it starts to degenerate and will need replacing, which in itself shows how much value for money an installation can be.
How Does Double Glazing Really Work
This type of system is created from two panes of glass with approximately a 16mm gap between each one. When the panes are bound together a gas such as xenon or argon, usually the latter is pumped in between the panes of glass to create an airtight seal. Each pane has a spacer which is set so that the two panes don’t fall together and keeps them apart. The panes of glass which are the most energy efficient are the Low E glass or low emissivity type. This particular type of glass allows sunlight through but stops any heat from getting out.
Do I need Double or Triple Glazing
This is obviously a personal choice, although triple glazing can be more expensive due to the extra pane of glass which is used. However, both are available, although triple glazing would certainly be the better choice if you have the budget.
Generally speaking double glazing has been around for many years and has improved over time due to the ways in which they are manufactured. There are certainly still many homes around England that have the traditional wood frame windows, however more and more people are turning to double glazing as a way of improving the look of their home, cutting down on their heating bills and avoiding having to strip down and repaint wooden window frames each year due to weather damage.
PVC-u windows are certainly hard wearing and rot free if they are installed correctly and there are even cleaning liquids available to clean the window surrounds to stop them from discolouring over the years.
All in all, double glazing is a true investment and certainly something which will benefit your pocket in the longer term.