Hot in summer, cold in winter – single glazing is definitely pass? and for very good reason.
As we increasingly look to make our homes not only warm in winter and cool in summer, but also energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing, thoughts turn towards double glazed windows as a simple way to achieve this.
10% of heat is lost in our homes through windows and doors, so upgrading to double glazing may seem a no-brainer. However, there are pros and cons to this type of glazing.
Let us guide you through these to see if this could be a great option for your home.
Pros of Double Glazed Windows
Let’s start with a rundown of all the advantages that come from upgrading to double glazing.
Reduced Energy Bills
Good for both the wallet and the environment, double glazed windows can significantly reduce the loss of heat in winter.
In summer the insulating gap helps to reduce the amount of heat that can enter the home. This means that you do not have to put on the AC on as high a setting, reducing your energy consumption.
New windows also mean new seals. By replacing leaky windows and frames with new double glazed ones, you will reduce the amount of air exchange with the outdoors.
By doing this, you automatically reduce your home’s carbon footprint. You are not only saving money but also doing your bit for the planet.
Reduced Noise Pollution
Single glazed windows are notorious for providing poor sound protection.
Neighborhood noises, traffic, kids playing – can all come flooding in. With double glazed windows, you have added protection against noise pollution. Particularly efficient systems can offer a reduction of up to 35 decibels.
Single pane windows also tend to rattle distractingly on windy days, particularly as they get older. Due to the more solid construction of double glazing, this issue is eliminated.
These factors are particularly important if you are one of the increasing number of people who work from home. This will allow you to concentrate better, rather than being constantly distracted by what’s going on outside.
Single glazed windows are particularly vulnerable to break-ins as they are relatively simple to penetrate. However, the glazing and construction of double glazed windows are much more sturdy.
Make sure not to neglect to replace any smaller windows, that burglars can hone in on when casing the property. You can also choose to beef up your security by selecting a toughened or laminated glass, which is very hard to smash.
If all of your windows are double glazed, this will be a greater deterrent to any would-be burglars.
Single glazed windows that are past their prime are nobody’s idea of an attractive period feature.
You can give your home a facelift with stylish double glazed windows. They come in a range of frame styles, from classic white to contemporary black and grey tones.
All of this helps not only to add to the curb appeal but also increases the value of your home.
Moisture in the air hitting the cold pane of glass and running down your windows and walls can be a real menace, causing many other issues for your property.
The insulating layer of trapped air in the double glazed unit prevents the air in your rooms from coming in contact with the cold outer pane.
This helps to greatly reduce the likelihood of developing condensation, making your home more healthy and pleasant.
The Cons of Double Glazed Windows
If all these benefits are making you want to rush out and get quotes, it is worth considering the cons as well.
High Initial Cost
There’s no hiding from the fact that the initial outlay for double glazing is higher than for single glazing.
In its simplest terms, this is because you are paying for two sheets of glass instead of one, but there is also the added complexity of the frames to consider, and the way they are engineered to maintain the insulating air gap.
Having said that, the initial cost needs to be offset against any energy savings and increase in value to the property in the long run.
Hard to Repair
Double glazing can be susceptible to issues with the air gap.
If this is breached and allows moist air to enter, you can develop an unsightly problem with condensation. This will also lessen the insulating and sound-absorbing qualities of the windows.
If this happens, it is very difficult to repair them. The only viable option will be to have the window replaced. Depending on the style and size of the window, this could be very costly.
Doesn’t Suit All Homes
For modern homes, double glazed windows may complement the aesthetic quite well.
However, more traditional homes may lose some of their charm if the original windows are replaced with modern double glazed frames.
There are ways around this, such as installing wooden double glazing, based on traditional methods, such as sash windows, or windows that are made to blend in with traditional building styles.
If you’re in doubt about this, consult an appraiser who is familiar with your property’s style of construction. They will be able to advise you whether double glazing would add to the value of your home or detract from it.
The Takeaway – Pros and Cons of Double Glazed Windows
Upgrading to double glazed windows is a great way to increase your home’s energy efficiency, improve general comfort levels and bring your energy bills down.
This is a big investment, and the aesthetics of the home need to be taken into consideration. Weigh up the points above to see whether this could be the right choice for you.
If you are ready to give your windows and overhaul, don’t make any decisions before you’ve checked out our blog on the 10 latest window designs for 2018.