What is Double Glazing?
Double glazed windows comprise of 2 panes of glass of at least 4mm thickness that are sealed together. The glass is separated by a spacer, and the gap between the sheets can either be left empty or filled with an inert of argon gas for improved insulation.
HOW DOES DOUBLE GLAZING WORK?
The thermal properties of double glazing are attributed to the air gap between the 2 panes of glass. The space is too small for air to circulate, making it a poor conductor of heat. This means that very little heat is transferred between the interior and exterior glass. Filling the gap with an inert gas further reinforces this as these gases have a lower heat conductivity than air.
Double glazing has the opposite effect in summer, preventing exterior heat from permeating the building, thus keeping the interior cooler.
The increased insulation provided by double glazing reduces heat loss or gain by up to 70-80%, which can result in savings of up to 40% on energy bills when using uPVC double glazed windows.
Benefits Of Using uPVC Double Glazed Windows/Doors
uPVC Double glazed windows have several benefits, including:
The main advantage of double glazing is its insulation properties, which help to prevent heat loss or gain within the home. This means that you can enjoy cooler summers and warmer winters without increasing your energy bill. By using uPVC window frames with the steel reinforced hardware, you will ensure the windows are sealed shut, and no energy gets through. Not to mention that uPVC frames do not conduct energy.
Reduced Energy Bills
Due to the thermal efficiency of double glazing, heating and air conditioning systems need to be used far less. This results in reduced energy consumption and lower bills.
A whopping 25% of Australia’s harmful emissions come from buildings, so improving your home’s energy efficiency will not only cut your bills but also reduce your carbon footprint.
Double glazing offers a significant amount of noise reduction compared to standard single glazing. The same properties that make double glazing an effective heat insulator also act as a barrier to sound, which is great news for people living in built-up urban areas where noise pollution is an issue. With our multi-chambered frame, you will absorb most if not all noise from coming into your home.
Double glazing is extremely resilient, so it is very difficult to break through. The gas between the panes acts as a shock absorber, adding to its strength. This protects the home against forced entry, giving you peace of mind. Double glazing also comes with the optional upgrade of laminated or toughened glass. uPVC frames are steel reinforced and impact resistant with ultra strong German Hardware.
Many people consider condensation to be innocuous. However, if untreated it leads to mildew, mould and dampness which can cause and exacerbate health issues. The improved thermal insulation of uPVC double glazing means that the likelihood of condensation is significantly reduced.
Prolong the Life of Furnishings
Direct sunlight fades and damages interior furnishings such as carpets, flooring and furniture. Double glazing reduces the amount of UV rays coming through the window, so your contents have a longer lifespan.
Increased Property Value
With such a range of benefits, it’s only natural that double glazing increases the value of a property. Energy efficiency is a factor that weighs hugely on potential buyer’s minds, making houses with double glazing more attractive.