In layman’s terms, double glazing is a kind of insulated glass unit (separated by an air pocket) that utilises multiple glass panes and combines them into one window system. There are different types of insulated glass units, all varying in popularity; the one you’re likely most familiar with is the double glazed variety, with two panes of glass, but there is also the triple glazed window with three panes of glass. Double and triple glazing (and above) is becoming increasingly popular these days due to rising energy costs, and this style of insulated glass units are an energy efficient option, due to their ability to insulate and soundproof the home. Nothing beats glazing windows when it comes to thermal insulation and noise reduction. You can opt to replace your current windows with double glazed ones. compromise with noise dampening/UV blocking sheeting, or build your home with them installed. Though applying sheeting directly onto windows might cut some costs, investing in new windows or retrofitting old ones is recommended, because this method is much more effective at regulating sound and temperature. Always hire a professional to do the job properly as well, as this is not exactly the project you’d want to undertake as a beginner DIYer.
Double Glazed Windows Pros & Cons
If you’ve been researching double glazed windows price and features, you might be wondering about the benefits of double glazed windows. The thermal resistance of double glazed units might cut down your energy bills, as the sealed air gap between the planes of glass keeps it warm inside during the winter months, stops air escaping and is an effective way to regulate the temperature of your home. Then in Summer, glazed windows have the added benefit of preventing additional heat from entering your living space. Due to the space between the panes of glass, it’s a lot harder for the weather outside to affect the temperature of the glass, from the other side of the window—leaving the inside pane close to room temperature and comfortable for you and your family.
Installing UPVC Double Glazed Windows
While technically it might be possible for you to cut corners and install the glazed windows yourself, it is highly recommended you hire professionals, as badly installed windows could end up costing you more. A shoddy amaetur job might look decent to you, but that’s only because you don’t know what to spot as you aren’t equipped with the skills and qualifications of a professional. There are a number of things you would need to look out for and be able to recognise, such as gaps and a wrongly installed sealant. In fact, double glazing installation is a complex job and it can take years of training to be fully qualified for the job. There are also dangers involved, and safety is a major concern for your property and yourself. Carrying heavy materials like windows, while navigating ladders and rooftops is something we’d advise against for untrained renovators. On top of that, most manufacturers won’t allow unqualified customers to do the installation themselves, as there is a level of skill and knowledge needed for installing windows. So is it worth the risk giving it a crack yourself? At the end of the day, that’s up to you and your double glazed window suppliers. As long as you have all the materials and tools needed, and you understand the risks, technically you could attempt the process yourself, but it is always worth investing in professional installation services if you can.
Nevertheless, here are the tools you’ll need for installing double glazed windows.
- Tape Measure
- Spirit Level
- Electric screwdriver
- Nail Gun
- Hand Drill – 3, 3.5 or 4mm drill bits
- A Saw for cutting aluminium
- Expanding foam
- Window Packers
The first step is attaching the brackets, while maintaining the window level. Window insertion comes next, and the double glazed window will be inserted with brackets into the aperture. Then you want to level the window horizontally, using packers until the preferred level is reached. Additional packers will be needed for the vertical sides to stop the window from tilting. Lightly tighten the screws, ensuring not to screw too tight. Check the window is levelled correctly and is not learning backwards or forwards. Lastly comes sealing and glazing
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