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
- 1Measure the size of the window. Buy sheets of glass in an acrylic wholesaler or dealer. Often they cut the measurement without any cost.Advertisement
- 2If the window is fixed, meaning it doesn't open, provide extra layer for insulation. That 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.Advertisement
- 3If the window have latches, the reserved size for extra insulating layer should be exact with the size of the glass. This means the 1 cm will be covered.
- 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
- 1A 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. The 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.Advertisement
- 2Every glazed Windows vary in frame style and materials. It depends on the following:
- 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.
Things to Look For
- 1Glass. The 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.
- 2Pane spacers. As 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.
- 3In between. This may include gases like xenon, argon, krypton. These gases are placed in between glasses.
- 1Wooden frames are applied in Windows which was previously made of wood. This serves for maintenance.
- 2uPVC frames has a long span time of function and to be environmental friendly be recycled.
- 3Steel or aluminum frames can last for long time and are slender. Like other metals it can be referred to a junk shop.
- 4Composite frames are used for weatherproof. It is made up of wood inside and covered with plastic or aluminum outside. The use of this does not requires much maintenance.
- 1You will need ventilation because of the window being airtight, condensation may occur. So the remedy is to use replacement Windows with a frame that has trickle vents. This will allow controlled ventilation to come in.
- 2If 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. So the solution for this is to repair the broken seal or replace the whole window.
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.
- 1If a house is located at a conservation place, then insulation method will be double glazing, shutters, heavy lined curtains and sealed blinds. And better yet, consult a local council to investigate on this and that they may recommend the best solution for this according to their expertise.
- 2For a conservation places, when you replace Windows you must keep the original style of the window. The home structure should be preserved.
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.