Double Glaze Your Windows
Edited by Witz Taluban, Graciela Franchesca Rosario, Eng, Rebecca M.
Double glaze your Windows. Find a way to make your home warmer and noise proof through this appealing guide. Glazing the window will help keep the warmth inside of you home rather than letting escape through your Windows. This process will let you get rid of heavy curtains while still saving on you heating bills. You may let a professional do your double glazing or do it on your own.
- 1 How to Install Double Glazing
- 2 How Double Glaze Window Works
- 3 Benefits of double gaze Windows
- 4 Things to Look For
- 5 Comments
How to Install Double Glazing
- 1Buy sheets of glass in an acrylic wholesaler or dealer. Often they cut the measurement without any cost.Measure the size of the window.Advertisement
- 2That is larger than the glass by 1 cm. this will give better seal and that the window frame is less exposed to condensation and in leaking heat.If the window is fixed, meaning it doesn't open, provide extra layer for insulation.Advertisement
- 3This means the 1 cm will be covered.If the window have latches, the reserved size for extra insulating layer should be exact with the size of the glass.
- 4Materials needed:
- Self adhesive magnetic strips which are 1 cm wide.
- Perspex acrylic in 2 to 3 mm thick. Don't remove the paper backing unless it is ready to be mounted on the window.
- 5Peel the backing of magnetic strip and attach it to the edges.
- 8When the acrylic is peeled, place the acrylic with the magnetic strips unto the window frame.
How Double Glaze Window Works
- 1The space is usually 16mm. at sometimes it is filled with gas. If double glazed window is much better than single glazed window it is not applicable to triple glazed window. Although the window is already composed of three sheets it is best to refer to Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo and BFRC rating.A double glazed window is composed of 2 sheets of glass with a space in between to serve as insulator that lets the heat go inside.Advertisement
- 2It depends on the following:Every glazed Windows vary in frame style and materials.
- How less air may leak out of the window.
- How much sun rays pass across the window.
- How well the window performs in restricting the heat to travel into the glass.
Benefits of double gaze Windows
- 1Compared to the single glaze window, double glaze window saves bills for up to £170 a year.Advertisement
- 2Because using carbon cause global warming. So consuming less of this fuel helps the ozone layer by 680 kg per year.You help the environment, specifically the ozone layer.
- 3It is because the warmth is inside the house and you can be relax by it. The Windows help you to keep warm, so that any area of the house you will feel at ease because you are not irritated or bothered by coldness.The ambiance becomes a comfortable place to stay in because it is quiet and peaceful.
- 4Double glazed window minimizes condensation.
- 5It depends on the material, size and installer. A window that is double glazed must last for about 20 years or beyond.The effect and cost of savings vary from every person.
Things to Look For
- 1The glass used for double glazing is low emissivity (Low-E) glass. It is coated with unnoticeable metal oxide. This is located at the internal panes beside the gap. This metal allows the light to enter the window but restrict the heat to get outward.Glass.
- 2As the name itself explains its definition. It serves as spacing for the panes to keep them separated. It is laid out around the edges. For better results, use pane spacers that has little or null metal at all. It is also called as 'warm edge' spacers.Pane spacers.
- 3This may include gases like xenon, argon, krypton. These gases are placed in between glasses.In between.
- 1This serves for maintenance.Wooden frames are applied in Windows which was previously made of wood.
- 2uPVC frames has a long span time of function and to be environmental friendly be recycled.
- 3Like other metals it can be referred to a junk shop.Steel or aluminum frames can last for long time and are slender.
- 4It is made up of wood inside and covered with plastic or aluminum outside. The use of this does not requires much maintenance.Composite frames are used for weatherproof.
- 1So the remedy is to use replacement Windows with a frame that has trickle vents. This will allow controlled ventilation to come in.You will need ventilation because of the window being airtight, condensation may occur.
- 2So the solution for this is to repair the broken seal or replace the whole window.If condensation occurs in the window, this may be due to less heat that enters, the seal is broken, not sufficient ventilation or a combination of all these.
For listed buildings, you must be wary on changing it. When you change the window you should maintain or improve its grading, historic properties, materials, appearance and method used. Putting double glazing is not an intrusive way of handling historical Windows, it is allowable.
- 1And better yet, consult a local council to investigate on this and that they may recommend the best solution for this according to their expertise.If a house is located at a conservation place, then insulation method will be double glazing, shutters, heavy lined curtains and sealed blinds.
- 2The home structure should be preserved.For a conservation places, when you replace Windows you must keep the original style of the window.Advertisement
Sash Windows is commonly used in period properties. They are composed of two vertical sliding frames, and sometimes fits so bad and with its single glass provides poor insulation. If you don't want double glaze for your sash window, there are other alternatives. And by this you can maintain the design of the sash window. And this alternative is same with double glaze in minimizing the escape of heat. The frame does not require for it to be plastic, you can use wood or metal.
If you want other ways rather than double glazing you may try heavy curtains or secondary glazing. Like double glazing, it saves money. The difference is that the secondary glazing will not be sealed in then same way with the double glazing. Using secondary glazing will save up to £105 per year. To make the secondary glazing efficient they install low emissivity glass. Kits on how to install secondary glazing is available at hardware stores.
Sealed blinds, heavy curtains and sealed shutters
Heavy curtains minimize the loss of heat in the room or house. It also applies with sealed shutters and sealed frames.
If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Graciela Franchesca Rosario, Witz Taluban