Double glazing can considerably reduce this heat loss, while also minimising outdoor noise and condensation, which causes dampness and mould.
If you are simply retrofitting your windows and getting double-glazing put into your existing windows, it’s a relatively easy process. Things become more complex if you are replacing tired, warped or rotten timber joinery, or old aluminium – this is a full replacement, which means new architraves and trims, and possibly new interior wall lining and repainting both inside and out. You may want to consider putting a door where a window was or making the hole size bigger to let in more light or change the configuration altogether for better indoor-outdoor flow. We’ve recently seen a change to the building code whereby new houses and even renovations to some older ones are now required to have higher R-values, meaning careful consideration must be taken on how walls, windows and roofs are insulated.
Double-glazing has become a familiar term. Smart planning at the design stage will maximise value for the consumer while still delivering an efficient home.
That being said if you are renovating why not put double-glazing in. Up to 50 percent of heat is lost through the single glazed windows on a fully insulated house. Double glazing can considerably reduce this heat loss, while also minimizing outdoor noise and condensation, which causes dampness and mould. There is also the added bonus of potential savings on electric and other heating or cooling costs.
In addition to double-glazing, Argon – an inert gas – can be filled and sealed between the panes of glass, further increasing the insulating performance of your double glazing. A Low Emissivity coating can also be added. Being spectrally selective it literally blocks entry to certain portions of the light spectrum such as infrared light (radiant heat), meaning your house will remain cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
This article featured on page 36 of Issue 004 of Renovate Magazine. Renovate Magazine is an easy to use resource providing fresh inspiration and motivation at every turn of the page.
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