Double glazing is almost standard in most modern homes. And there is good reason why it is so popular. Containing two glass panes a few millimeters apart, the air in the middle of the panes acts as an extra insulating layer for your home. So if you’re renovating and are thinking about finally getting double glazing but are not sure if the expense is worth it, think about some of these benefits:
Did you know that up to 25% of the heat in your home is lost through the windows? Double glazing not only keeps the cold chill from entering your home but also keeps the warmth in. Low emissivity glass or Low-E as it is sometimes referred to, lets the heat and light from the sun in but keeps it from leaving the room again, locking the warmth in. If you choose right, your double glazing unit should also have a draught proofing system built into it. This adds to the levels of comfort in your home, especially on those really cold, miserable nights.
Save on energy costs
Because your house is kept much warmer and you aren’t losing so much heat, your heating system doesn’t need to be working overtime to keep you comfortable. This will save you plenty on your energy bills in the long run. And while you are saving yourself some extra cash on the heating bills, you will also be helping the planet. Less energy used for heating reduces your carbon footprint, making you a warm, richer, eco-warrior.
Cut out the noise
Double glazing is a must for anyone living in the city or on a busy street. The extra layer of insulation acts as an added sound barrier too. Say goodbye to pesky barking dogs, noisy neighbours and cars revving up and down the road at all hours of the night.
Play it safe
Because double glazing units are typically made with toughened or laminated glass, when they are broken there is less chance of the glass shattering, and less chance of injury. Also, if one of the panes of glass is accidentally broken it doesn’t necessarily mean the other one will too. This keeps those unforeseen little accidents from getting any bigger than they should be.
Double glazing can act as a deterrent to any burglars looking for a way in to your home. They would prefer to look for an easier target. Double glazed window units can also come with locking systems making break- ins even more difficult.
What is often the case in winter is that you crank up the heat and as the house gets warm and cosy inside, the contrast in the cold conditions outside cause your windows to steam up and condensation occurs. With double glazing there is no more rubbing the window to see outside. If you have wooden window frames, this condensation could cause you some problems. With double glazing your frames will last much longer.
Increase the value
A house with double glazing will have a higher market value than one without. If you are thinking of selling or think you may want to sell in a few years’ time, double glazing is a good investment to make.
You may be wavering over the extra cost of installing double glazing or not be feeling like it is an essential item to include in your renovations, but the benefits far outweigh the costs and will be one renovation you won’t ever regret.
Yorkshire windows and conservatories have been installing double glazing to homes and businesses of Leeds, West Yorkshire for over 25 years! If you live in the Yorkshire region be sure to check out their website for information and offers on Double Glazing. If you live in Sheffield, you may want to try the services of a skilled joiner in Sheffield, Mark James Joinery.