All you need to know about Double Glazing

Isn’t it about time you upgraded to double glazing? If you’re looking to learn the what, why and how of double glazing, you’re in the right place. See our guide to double glazing, below!

Double glazing certainly isn’t new, but not everyone has invested in it yet. Why? We’re not sure. There’s so many benefits of double glazing and maybe it’s because some aren’t too sure what it is, how it works and why it’s good. Well, for those non-believers, you’re in the right place.

We’ve spoken to Rayleigh Glass, experts on double glazing in Essex, and found out everything there is to know about double glazing. With that in mind, we’re going to lay out everything you need to know about double glazing. From what double glazing is, how double-glazing works and most importantly the benefits of having it installed in your windows and doors.

Let’s get into it!

What is Double Glazing

Double Glazing serves two functions when installed in the home. The first, is to reduce the loss of heat, which can escape through single layered glass. The second, is to reduce outside noise entering your home. Modern double glazing came into popularity in England during the late 70s and early 80s, where it was installed in many homes.

We say many, around 43% of the UK have double glazing installed in their homes, which means there’s 57% of you without it! You’re missing out on loads of benefits, and there’s some real pros to having double glazing in the home.

How it Works

As you may be able to guess, double glazing involves doubling up on the layers of glass included in the construction of windows and doors. Two panes of glass are placed into a frame, and there is a spacer bar in the middle – this space is vacuumed sealed through introducing gas or dehydrating an air layer (to form a vacuum seal).

This layer of air or gas, dependent on the production of the windows, makes it more difficult for heat to escape, because it’s a poor conductor, which means you’re not losing as much heat around your home. The vacuum seal works from the outside too, meaning the cold air isn’t going to creep into your home in the winter months. The added bonus of eliminating sound travelling from the outside into your house.

The Benefits

Still not convinced about double glazing? Well, we’ve got all the benefits you need to sway your opinion.

  1. Saving Money

The first, and by far the best, is the opportunity to save money. Yes, if you’re investing in double glazing it means your home is going to retain heat better, which means you’ll be spending less money on your heating bills. Your home will stay warmer for longer and you’ll negate the need to keep turning the heating on, time and time again.

  1. Warm House

Like we’ve said above, double glazing helps your home retain heat, so it’s handy in the winter months when the air is especially bitter. You can kick back and relax in your warm home, without the stress of worrying about overpaying for heating bills.

  1. Less Noise

Sometimes the outside world is a bit too much, and you want to relax in your home without hearing traffic driving by. Double glazing is a way to make sure that outside noise isn’t as piercing. The vacuum layer means that less outside noise is going to make its way into your home, so you can relax in peace and quiet.

FAQs on Double Glazing

So, if you have any burning questions still – and still aren’t convinced about double glazing, you’ll find out what loads of people commonly ask!

  • How much can double glazing reduce my bills by?

Although the numbers vary on your property type and energy rating, you can save a fair amount a year. A home with an A energy rating could save £175 a year, whilst a semi-detached home can save £120 and a flat saves around £65 – these are estimates and aren’t reflective of individual homes.

  • How much does double glazing cost?

Fitting double glazing is largely dependent on the products (be it windows and doors or both) and the size of your home. Different companies have different prices, so it’s always ideal to shop around and get a few quotes. The long-term investment is worth it with what you’ll save.

Double glazing is an investment almost half the population have made, and it’s a great way to save money. By fitting double glazing windows and doors, you’ll help your home retain heat, keep outside unnecessary noise from penetrating your home and save money on your energy bills. The costs vary and so will your savings, but it’s worth getting a quote to find out if the investment is worth it!

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