Double glazed windows are the most popular windows today, and with good reason. A window with two panels in a single frame is known as a double glazed window. This not only makes it more robust, but it also improves the insulation. These glazed glass panes are usually separated by a twenty-millimeter space filled with argon, which is a non-toxic gas, or simply with air.
A pocket of argon gas is provided between these window panes to fill the area. For low heat conduction, a spacer constructed of structural foam binds the two panes together. Coating is also applied, and the type depends on the climate in which the window will be used. In frigid climates, for example, the coating will reflect cold, keeping dwellings warm in the winter.
How R-Value Tells The Quality
Double-glazed windows also strike the ideal mix between cost and efficiency. The R-value of a window varies between 3 and 5, depending on its age, craftsmanship, and framing. The term “R-value” refers to the thermal resistance of a material. A value of 5-7 is regarded as satisfactory.
There are window kinds with a greater R-value (triple and quadruple glazed), but they are substantially more expensive, and the amount of panes required to increase the R-value makes them large. Purchase a kind with wood or vinyl framing to guarantee that the double glazed window you choose has at least a 5 R-value.
Reasons to Invest in Double Glazed Windows
A double glazed window is an eco-friendly window alternative
In fact, double glazed windows are environmentally friendly, in addition to their other advantages. They are good at preserving (and hence allowing you to efficiently manage) humidity and temperature in a particular environment because to their high efficiency. This results in a cozier, more comfortable home as well as cost savings because less power and heating is used, resulting in lower expenses.
Basic inside windows, a sunroom, a patio enclosure, window doors (such as glass-paneled and sliding doors), and anything else that requires robust and insulated glass can all benefit from these double glazed glass.
Double glazed windows allows you to utilize your home better
Secondary double glazing can assist you in making decisions such as where to place furniture and where to sit. Whether it’s a cold or hot day, you may enjoy sitting by the window. Because of the heat gain/loss associated with single-glazed windows, there are no-go zones in most ordinary Australian dwellings.
If you don’t think you can afford double glazing, at the very least install it in the living spaces. Bedrooms are a great place to spend the night, and you may keep warm with a doona. The master bedroom is an exception, as it is generally located at the front of the home, closer to street noise.
Double glazed windows will save you money
The savings in heating and cooling expenditures will pay for these secondary glazing windows in as little as three to five years. They save a lot of money on heating. To keep light and heat out, everyone should install shades or drapes to cover windows. You only need to manage light if your windows are double glazed. This also means a lower-priced window treatment; these savings may be enough to cover the overall cost of your windows.
Another important aspect is the capacity to considerably boost sound insulation by forming a solid barrier between the inside of a home and what goes on outside; this is especially useful if you live in a noisy neighborhood or near a busy road. Another benefit of double glazing is that it is much harder to break than a single-paned window.
Reduces Condensation Build-up
Condensation occurs when humid air comes into contact with a surface that is much cooler, resulting in the formation of water droplets. This makes a space feel cooler than it needs to be, and it’s often necessary to turn up the heat to counteract this impact. This problem is effectively eliminated with double glazed sash windows since the two panes prevent moisture from forming.
Things to keep in mind before installing double glazed windows
Double-glazed windows come in a variety of styles. While you can get ones with wooden frames, you can also find ones with uPVC frames, which are both robust and hassle-free.
A double glazed window is one that contains two glass panes within its frames. To strengthen the thermal and acoustic insulation qualities of your windows, a type of gas is introduced into the gap between these two panes.
While highly qualified DIYers and professional window installers are the only ones who can replace or retrofit your windows, there is another option that you may do yourself. This is accomplished by placing noise-dampening and UV-blocking plastic sheeting directly on your windows.
Although this is not strictly double glazing and will only provide a minor improvement over your previous windows, it is the most cost-effective choice and a simple DIY project.
The difference between replacing windows and retrofitting
Because double-glazed windows are significantly more expensive than single-glazed windows, you will notice their value over time. If you believe they are only suitable for newly constructed homes and not for replacements, here are some factors to consider before making your decision.
– If your windows’ wooden frames are decaying away, it’s better to replace them with double glazed uPVC windows. This means you won’t have to deal with rotting window frames or the ongoing maintenance that window frames often require.
– If your windows are still in good shape but are letting in too much heat or cold, as well as outside noise, you might have them converted with uPVC framed windows rather than purchasing new double glazed windows. This will still help you with your thermal and noise insulation issues, as uPVC doors and windows are known for their ability to provide these benefits to your home.
You might gain a lot from your decision whether you choose new or retrofitted uPVC windows with or without double glazing. Retrofitted windows can still reduce the amount of noise that enters your home by up to 75%.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.