For many households, window replacement or window repairs, can be the most effective way to reduce energy bills.
In an uninsulated home, up to 40 per cent is lost through doors, windows and the floor.
This can add up to hundreds of wasted pounds every year.
In a double glazing survey conducted by Which, 44 per cent of people questioned said they’d invested in double glazing to make their home warmer, and 40 per cent to reduce their energy bills.
In what’s considered a generally tricky industry, customers need to know they are choosing the right company.
Consumer expert Fergus Muirhead, says: “I would look for referrals from friends and family. Try to visit the company you are going to use in their showroom to get a taste of how they operate and make sure you read all of the Terms and Conditions of any contract before signing on the dotted line, especially in relation to costs and delivery and installation dates.”
Here, we look at everything you need to know if you are considering investing in double glazing.
What is double glazing?
Double glazed windows are two panes of glass in which the gap between the two panes of glass is filled with air.
The double layer keeps warm air in, keeps noise out, reduces condensation on the inside of your windows, and provides more security as it’s harder to break than single glazing.
How much should I pay for double glazing?
The cost differs from house to house, with style, size and number of windows having an impact on the price you pay. However, on average a single uPVC window can cost between £300 and £400, and fitting standard uPVC windows throughout a typical three bedroom house can cost between £3000 and £5000.
How long does double glazing last?
The typical lifetime of double glazing is around 20 years, however this can vary from 10-35 years based on quality of materials, installation and where the windows are situated. Over time, the gas within the panes will gradually leak out.
How much will I save?
As double glazing should last for at least 20 years, that’s a saving of between £1500 and £2200 over 20 years.
What are the different types of double glazing?
The most common type of double glazed window frame is uPVC - unplasticized polyvinyl chloride – which is three times cheaper than traditional wooden frames, as well as being recyclable, durable and the most energy efficient.
Alternative options to uPVC include wood or aluminium frames. Many people feel wooden windows look nicer, especially in traditional or period-style properties.
What alternatives are there to double glazing?
The primary alternative these days to double glazing is triple glazing, which will make your home warmer, safer and quieter.
Source: Daily Record