Double glazed windows are common these days but replacing them or fitting new ones if your current property doesn’t have double glazing can be a significant undertaking but with a very positive outcome. As double glazing is now available in so many styles, you can get all the benefits whilst ensuring that your new windows match your property perfectly.
So, what benefits can you expect if you fit double glazed windows?
Warmer in The Winter and Cooler in The Summer
Double glazed windows are made up of two panes of glass with a gap in between. This offers far better insulation than a single glazed window and helps to control the inside temperature. Glass conducts heat which means that single glazed windows let heat in or out easily. The air or inert gas in a double glazed window is a very poor conductor of heat so it gives insulating protection between the warm air on one side and the cool air on the other. This means your property is better insulated and warmer in the cold months.
As an added bonus, this insulation benefit and temperature control works in reverse in the warmer months when the double layer helps to keep hot air out. This means that your home will be refreshingly cooler when it’s boiling outside.
A Quieter Home
Another benefit of the added insulation is that it will help to keep noise out. There are many reasons outside noise can be an irritant. Perhaps you live on a busy road. Maybe you find that even though your road isn’t busy, odd noises outside wake you up at night, or perhaps there are issues in the summer when people are out later, or children are playing in the street. Whatever the reason, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much double glazing will limit outside noise intruding into your home.
If you have lived in a property with single glazing, especially an older building, you will have experienced misted-up windows and condensation on the windows as the colder weather starts to draw in. Another benefit of the improved insulation is that the amount of condensation on the inside of your windows will reduce or disappear. Condensation can be a major problem in some homes, particularly older homes, as it can cause mould and mildew. It can also cause wooden frames to rot. Double glazed windows will help to reduce moisture on your internal window panes and, of course, uPVC frames won’t rot.
Double glazed windows are much more difficult to break than single glazing. This means that your home’s overall level of security will be improved when you fit double glazed windows, giving you increased peace of mind.
Unlike older traditional windows, double glazed windows come with locks as standard which also improves the security of your home and could, potentially, save money on insurance premiums.
Savings on Energy Bills
Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of double glazing is the savings that can be made on energy bills. Because of the increased insulation, a home of average size could save more than £100 a year on heating bills.
You will also find that your home heats up more quickly. Because not so much heat is lost to the outside, more of the heat generated by your heating system will stay in your home. This could mean that you will be able to have your heating on for less time and yet still keep your home nice and warm in the colder weather without your boiler having to work as hard.
By reducing the energy you consume, your carbon footprint will also be reduced, so if your windows need replacing, changing from single glazed to double glazed can also be good for the environment.
Easy to Maintain
With double glazed uPVC windows, you don’t have to worry about constantly painting and weatherproofing. Modern double glazing simply needs an occasional wipe. When the glass is cleaned, the water dripping down won’t seep into the frames and rot them as it might with traditional wooden frames.
Double glazed windows are also much more durable than traditional single glazed windows and will, therefore, last you much longer. They can also save you time and money in redecoration and maintenance costs as traditional wooden framed windows with single glazed windows will usually need regular maintenance to keep them in good shape.
Design and Style
Double glazed windows are available in a wide range of designs and styles to suit both the character of your home and your individual preferences. With advances in manufacturing processes, they will stay shinier for longer, be easier to clean and will look good for years to come. In addition, estate agents confirm that having double glazed windows can improve your home’s kerb appeal and make it more attractive to potential buyers.
Windows are essential to any home. Double glazed windows are functional, durable and attractive. They can save you money and reduce the load on your heating system, as well as saving money on redecoration costs and giving you a more comfortable home.
Here at DJL Glazing, we specialise in British made EnergyPlus windows which have the next generation of locking system to give your home additional protection. They also benefit from additional uPVC chambers to further minimise heat transfer between indoors and outdoors.
We are a family-run business and pride ourselves on providing an excellent service. If you are considering new double glazed windows, our friendly team would be very happy to provide further information and advice.