Saturday 20 October 2018

Double glazing

The benefits of double glazing in your home and things to consider when installing double glazed windows.

What is double glazing?
Double glazing is when you have two sealed panes of glass with an insulating void between them. The gap that separates the glass panes is either an air filled vacuum or filled with a heavy inert gas such as argon. Both doors and windows can be double glazed.

There are many positive benefits of double glazing, here we take a look at the reasons why double glazing can benefit you and your home -

* Warmer in Winter - As double glazing is specifically designed to reduce heat loss thanks to the extra pane of glass which helps keep more heat inside and reduces the amount of cold air seeping in from the outside, homes that have it installed will be warmer in winter. Double glazing also helps capture and store more of the natural heat from the winter sun which improves the warmth inside the home.
* Reduces energy usage - Thanks to the thermal performance of double glazing your home will be warmer so you will use your heating system less and reduce your energy consumption saving you money and helping lower your energy footprint which benefits the environment.
* Sound insulation - Double glazing can significantly reduce noise pollution making its way into your home from outside. This insulation from outside noise is especially beneficial if you live next to a busy road or noisy area.
* Safe and secure - As double glazing has an extra pane of glass compared to single paned windows it is more difficult for intruders to break in especially if the double glazing is laminated or toughened glass which discourages burglars breaking in.
* Durable - Over time single pane windows become weak. In comparison double glazed windows are very durable and long lasting. In case of issues double glazing on the market today comes with long guarantees of at least 20 years for extra peace of mind.

If you are thinking of installing windows with double glazing to your home so that you can enjoy the benefits listed above plus more here are a few tips so that you have a positive outcome when making home improvement of installing double glazing -

* Research - Spend time looking at the different types of double glazed windows and doors so that you are armed with information and average prices before contacting a company. By having knowledge about the different types of double glazing and prices you will be better prepared to make a decision on the type of double glazing you want and can afford for your home. Plus having an idea of average cost can help you know whether a quote is great value, reasonable or excessive.
* Ask - Talk to friends, family and neighbours for recommendations of double glazing companies. The benefit of getting recommendations from those you know locally will mean you get an insight into the reliability, professionalism and quality of product and workmanship of various companies.  
* Compare - Get a few quotes from different companies so you can compare double glazing cost to get the best price for your budget. Ask for detailed quotes so you can easily compare price and product to make an informed decision on which quote and company is best for you.
* Take your time - Don’t rush decisions and go with the first company you contact or feel pressured to sign on the spot. For most people buying double glazing is a big and expensive decision so take your time to think about the offer and compare prices with other companies. Try to avoid being tempted by sales tactics of dropping prices to get you to sign before carefully considering your options.

Double glazing is now commonplace in new builds, with triple glazed windows also gaining popularity, thanks to the benefits mentioned above plus more such as adding value to the home and how it helps reduce condensation which causes damp. As double glazing boats so many benefits it is a worthwhile investment for owners of older properties that only have single pane windows. A bonus of double glazing installation is that it does not require planning permission (unless it is a listed building) so is a fantastic home improvement.

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