What are the benefits of double glazing compared to single glazing?
Keeps Heat In
The most obvious benefit of double glazing is the feeling you have as you stand or sit near windows and doors. If you are sitting near a single glazed window or door you will feel a cold draft that indicates cold air is getting inside the building but also that heat is getting out. Double glazing prevents the heat from escaping by using two layers of glass with a pocket of air trapped between them. The air forms an insulating layer that helps a home with double glazing retain up to 60% more heat than a home with single glazing according to site claritywindows.co.uk.
Reduction in Energy Costs
It is quite logical that a home’s ability to retain more of its heat will also lead to a lower energy bill. Both gas and electric heating bills will benefit from the extra insulation that double glazing provides. Double glazing is one of the best home improvements you can do because the cost of installing double glazing pays for itself in energy savings within the first few years.
Do you live in a noisy city? Do your windows rattle and whistle in strong winds? These are issues that double glazing can solve. Double glazing can insulate your home from cold air, as well as from the loud and constant noises from outside. Traffic noises become more bearable and late night or early morning disruptions are less frequent.
Double glazing will have a big impact on the amount of work you have to do each year to keep your windows in good shape. The only maintenance the double glazed windows may require is a wash to keep them clean. Single glazed windows need to be sanded, painted and sealed to prevent water damage and rot. If a frame or windowsill gets damaged it has to be replaced and you might have to climb a ladder in a dangerous area of your home to make repairs.
Reduced Repair Costs
The most common repair associated with a double glazed window is a damaged seal. If the seal is damaged it will allow water to get into the gap where the layer of air is supposed to be. This is actually a very simple fix that many repairmen can do in a few hours for only £60-£80. It can be difficult to find a repairman to make the expensive, difficult and time-consuming fixes that many single glazed windows require when they are damaged.
Newer, professionally installed double glazing not only looks better than old, damaged single glazing but it can have an effect on the value of your home. UK homes must have energy efficiency tests similar to those that appliances have. A home with a better energy rating is much easier to sell and can be sold at a higher price.
Now you can see how many benefits you will have with double glazing. This home improvement project is one that is worth the investment. One that you will profit from for years.