Double Glazing - Is it worth it?
Installing double glazing means smaller energy bills and a warmer home.
Updating your windows with double glazing is a big expense, so we understand that you may want to make sure it's 100% worth it.
If you decide to go ahead and buy double glazing, we can help you make the best choice on windows for your unique home style and personal taste.
What is double glazing?
Double-glazed windows are two panes of glass which are separated by a layer of air or gas. Double glazing has many benefits over single glazing, which is just one pane of glass.
Double glazing keeps warm air in and cold air out, meaning your home is better insulated. This results in cheaper heating bills as you are not having to keep the heating constantly on to rid your home of chills.
The other well known benefit is that it reduces the noise, so you're less likely to hear nosises from the road and passers by. Double glazing also reduces the amount of condensation on the inside of your windows and of course supports security, as it's more difficult to break.
The best double glazing actually has gas between the panes (argon), and will use low-emissitivy glass, which has a reflective coating which will bounce sunlight back into a home.
What are triple glazed windows?
Triple glazed windows come with a third pane of glass, so they will multiply the benefits of double glazing, making your home warmer, sound-proof etc.
As you'd expect, triple glazing is more expensive than double, but you can potenitally make the money back through energy/heating saving.
Will getting double glazing reduce my energy bills?
In short, yes. In an independent survey, over 67% of homeowners said that their home was warmer since they upgraded to double glazing. 35% of these people said that it reduced their energy bills.
According to the Energy Saving trust, If you were to buy A++ double glazed windows, you'd save between £110 and £115 per year.
When should you replace your windows and double glazing?
Some key signs your windows need replacing are;
- Leaks and letting water in
- They allow excessive amounts of noise in
- PVC is yellowing or timber is cracking
- Damage or peeling seals
- They're becoming sticky, difficult to open, close and lock
- You can see condensation in between the panes of glass.
Broken seals can be repaired, so It's worth speaking with one of our double glazing experts to see if this is possible. Or you can get in touch for a free quote and advice.