Homeowners are constantly hearing of the supposed benefits of double glazing – from greater energy efficiency and reduced heating bills, to noise reduction and heat retention. But how do many of these advantages manifest, and are they really as persuasive as you might have so far imagined? In today’s buying guide, we take a closer look at the real benefits:
Improving the appearance of your home
First of all, let’s consider the fact that many people invest in double glazed windows given that their existing units have become flaky, broken or peeling. Or perhaps they would just prefer a different finish or colour?
If so, the good news is that many companies out there offer double glazed windows with a vast range of appearance options, including colours, finishes, window types and glass options. Remember that many prospective buyers of your property will be impressed by double glazed windows and that they can therefore boost your home’s value.
Boosting the energy efficiency of your home
Double glazed windows are renowned for better retaining a home’s heat and in the process, reducing a household’s energy bills. If you have a three bedroom house, for example, then you can expect to pay about £170 less on your annual heating bill by exchanging all of its single glazed windows for double glazed ones, in addition to generating 680kg less carbon dioxide a year.
Double glazing can also be expected to last for two decades or more, which equates to savings of about £3,400 over the period.
Retaining more of your home’s heat
Those who have invested in double glazing regularly report their home feeling more comfortable as a result of the change, with the reduced amount of heat loss through the windows leading to fewer cold spots and draughts.
Reducing the amount of noise from outside
You can probably wave goodbye to complaints in your family about noisy neighbours when you invest in double glazed windows, as these units are equally renowned at insulating your home against outside noise as they are at keeping its heat in.
Reducing condensation build-up inside your home
A frequent problem with single glazed windows is the tendency for condensation to build up on the inside of the units.
Condensation occurs as a result of humid air coming into contact with a surface at a much lower temperature. It makes the room feel cooler than necessary and often forces the homeowner to turn up the heating. Double glazing helps to combat this, thanks to its two panes.
Making your home more secure
Double glazed windows boost your home’s security in a number of ways. The most obvious one is simply by introducing two panes of glass, rather than one. Any would-be trespasser is likely to be deterred as soon as they notice that you have double glazed windows, not least as even if they do successfully shatter the panes, doing so will result in twice the noise.
Furthermore, double glazed windows often incorporate additional security-enhancing measures.
Believe it or not, a double glazed window’s insulated reinforcement system can be many times stronger than even aluminium or steel, if you purchase your windows from the right company.