Double-glazed windows are often recommended for homeowners who want to have new windows installed in their home, as this type of window adds more insulation to the structure, and can block out more noise from the outside as well. If it's been recommended that you choose double-glazed windows for your home, or you're looking to upgrade the windows and aren't sure if double-glazed panes are the best investment, note some questions you might have about these windows, and this can ensure you make the best choice for your home overall.
How is double glazing different than standard safety glass?
Safety glass is usually very thick and may be made with a mixture of plastic that is added to the glass itself, during the manufacturing process. Safety glass may then offer some insulating properties for a home, and is much harder to break. It may also block sound from outside, so the home is quieter.
However, double-glazed windows have a layer of air or argon gas that is sealed between the panes, and this layer offers even more insulating properties than safety glass. It keeps the two glass panes secure so they're less likely to rattle in high winds or heavy storms. While double glazing won't make the glass stronger against breakage, it can then offer more benefits for a residential home than safety glass.
Can you get double-glazed glass for doors?
As long as the doorframe itself is thick enough to hold both panes of glass, and the thin layer of air or gas between them, double glazing should be an option for any glass pieces in the home. It's often even recommended that you choose double glazing for glass doors especially, so that you don't lose heating and cooling through these doors, and so that a home doesn't become overly warm and stuffy during summer months, with all that sunlight coming through the doors.
Can current windows be double-glazed?
A process called secondary glazing is often available for windows; this is when a second pane of glass is installed and sealed to an existing pane, typically on the inside of the glass. This may be an option if you don't have the budget for new windows, or cannot have new windows installed because of conservation issues, local codes, and the like. This secondary glazing is typically as solid and as insulating as any type of double-glazed windows, so ask a window installer about this choice if you're not sure if you can afford or choose new double-glazed windows.Share
11 January 2018
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