What is Double Glazing?

It’s quite simple: Two panes of glass are laid in a wood or plastic frame with an air or gas-filled space between them. Although a double glazed window looks and functions no differently than a regular single glazed or single pane one, the key advantage is its insulating ability: The …

Triple Glazing

Triple glazing has been widely used in Scandinavian countries for many years, mainly on account of adverse weather conditions; but has remained a small market within the UK compared to double glazing. With government initiatives driving towards zero carbon homes by 2016, triple glazed windows are becoming a much more …

How to Save Money and Get a Great Deal

One very important reason for replacing your existing windows is to save money. Superior insulation and heat retention properties can dramatically reduce your energy bills. However, you don’t want to spend more up-front than you have to. In this article we will explore ways to save money and get the …

Mind the Gap!

What you need to know about the gap. If you have decided to explore replacing the windows in your home, you will soon discover that not all windows are created equal. Many different factors affect quality, performance, and price. As you might expect, the quality of the glass itself can …

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Self Cleaning Glass

Picture of person cleaning glass

A few years ago, it would have sounded like science fiction: windows that stay clear and bright year after year, without a chamois, a squeegee, or a bucket of suds in sight.

Are windows that don’t require washing a pipe dream, or is it really possible? And how does it work?

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Aluminium, uPVC or Wooden Double Glazing?

Open wooden double glazed window

Since it’s difficult to attach glass directly to the walls of your home, replacement windows or doors obviously need frames. The three most common choices for window or doorframes in the UK are aluminium, uPVC or wood.

If you are considering having replacement windows installed in your home, you might be wondering which option is best for you. Since each of these materials has its own advantages and disadvantages, there is no clear best choice.

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Vents and Ventilation

Open double glazed window

The development of double glazing over the years has led to the highly energy efficient products we see on the market today. Double glazing has become integral to reducing heat loss and saving energy in the home; and with government regulations expected to tighten in the next five years, technology is advancing towards even more efficient double and triple glazed units.

As our homes become increasingly well insulated, good ventilation becomes ever more important to combat problems associated with condensation, damp and mould.

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Double Glazing FAQ

Cold winter scene viewed through large double glazed windows

This is a primer all about the basics of double glazing – how it works, why to install it, how to buy it and the latest advances.

 

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Double Glazing and Home Security

Burglar attacking double glazing with crowbar

Police statistics have shown that in recent years burglaries in the UK have been on a general downward trend, but now reports in the media indicate that they are increasing again as the effects of the recession start to bite. Those who have experienced having their homes broken into know how very distressing it can be.

For maximum home security and peace of mind, our homes should all be fitted with double glazed locking windows, and exterior doors must also be protected with extra strong locking systems.

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All About Heat Loss – U Values Explained

Hot cup of coffee

It’s estimated that the average UK home loses about 20% of its heat through the windows. If your average heating bill comes to, say, £50 a month, chances are that about £10 is drifting out your windows! Winters can be a chilly business in this country, and with energy costs rising every year, it goes without saying that the better-insulated your home is the warmer (and richer) you’ll be.

While most of us discuss the temperature of our homes in words like ‘warm,’ ‘cold,’ ‘draughty,’ or ‘snug,’ experts rely on the term ‘u value’ to determine how much heat your home retains in colder seasons.

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Argon Filled Double Glazing

Periodic Table showing Argon and Krypton

Current building regulations relating to double glazing demand that windows have at least a WER (Window Energy Ratings) C rating; allowing a maximum U value of 1.6W/M2K.

To enable modern double glazing units to meet this rating, many manufacturers are now filling the cavity between the panes of glass with Argon gas instead of air.

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Secondary Double Glazing

Historic window

Secondary double glazing, sometimes referred to as ‘secondary glazing’, simply means fitting panes of glass inside your existing single pane windows to achieve many of the same benefits as double glazing. The additional pane of glass has an insulating effect similar to that which double glazing provides, but at a much lower cost.

The greatest advantage of secondary glazing is its affordability. If you would like to lower your heating bills, reduce draughts and keep your home warmer in winter but don’t have the budget to install double glazing, secondary glazing may be the next best option.

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Triple Glazing

Illustration showing section through a triple glazed window

Triple glazing has been widely used in Scandinavian countries for many years, mainly on account of adverse weather conditions; but has remained a small market within the UK compared to double glazing.

With government initiatives driving towards zero carbon homes by 2016, triple glazed windows are becoming a much more popular choice as a form of energy reduction in modern houses.

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History and Development of Double Glazing

White cottage on windswept scottish shoreline

Although the exact history of double glazing is somewhat difficult to trace, it is commonly believed that the technology originated in Scotland in the Victorian era and made its way to the United States in the 1930s.

A century ago, heat energy was even more expensive in the UK than it is today.

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Basics

What is Double Glazing?

girl looking at double glazed windows

It’s quite simple: Two panes of glass are laid in a wood or plastic frame with an air or gas-filled space between them. Although a …

How Double Glazing Works

A scientist examines a molecular model

The science behind this type of window is actually quite easy to understand: It depends on the fact that air or gas is a much …

Aluminium, uPVC or Wooden Double Glazing?

Open wooden double glazed window

Since it’s difficult to attach glass directly to the walls of your home, replacement windows or doors obviously need frames. The three most common choices …

Features

Tilt & Turn Windows

Tilt and Turn Double Glazing

Tilt and turn frames offer an alternative to conventional casement ones. The design originates from Germany, and although they are well known throughout Europe, they …

Mind the Gap!

A section through a double glazed window showing two panes of glass with gap between them.

What you need to know about the gap. If you have decided to explore replacing the windows in your home, you will soon discover that …

Energy Efficient Glass

Picture of house with double glazing next to energy rating chart

Today more than ever, consumers are conscious of the need to conserve energy around the home. Energy costs are at an all-time high and will …

Buying

What is the Average Cost of Double Glazing?

The average cost of Double Glazing

Whether you are installing new windows or having the existing ones on your house replaced, it is useful to get an idea of what the …

How to Save Money and Get a Great Deal

Photo of piggy bank infront of double glazing

One very important reason for replacing your existing windows is to save money. Superior insulation and heat retention properties can dramatically reduce your energy bills. …

Double Glazing Sales Tactics

Pushy Double Glazing Salesman

The high-pressure sales tactics used by some representatives in the industry have gained quite a lot of negative publicity recently. While it is true that …

Legal

Double Glazing for Listed Buildings

Old listed building not suitable for uPVC Double Glazing

Renovating a listed building or a property in a conservation area can prove to be something of a headache. English Heritage maintains a raft of …

Your Legal Rights

Photo of black book with The Law written on it in gold

Choosing to upgrade the windows in your home is big investment and can be scary if you aren’t aware of the systems which are in …

How to Resolve Problems or Disputes

Businessmen arguing about double glazing

If you have a problem or dispute with the company who have installed your new windows, this article will help to detail what courses of …

Repairs

Condensation Inside Double Glazing

Condensation or ‘misting’ inside a double glazed window is a sure sign that the sealed unit has failed

Condensation or ‘misting’ inside a window is a sure sign that the sealed unit has failed. Somewhere, a point in the edge seal of the …

Broken Glass In A Double Glazed Window

Broken Glass

There are various reasons, sometimes a combination of which can cause the glass to crack or break. It is not just down to impact as …