Today, homeowners prefer to have their windows double glazed because it acts as an insulator for heat and keeps outside noise to a minimum. Most houses in the UK are suitable for double glazing, due to the wealth of options available.
Double glazing is a standard feature for the majority of new homes as well as being a popular choice for older properties. Homeowners are also having double glazing fitted in their conservatories to make better use of these rooms in winter.
Double glazing has a wide appeal for homes in the UK. Recently The Energy White Paper and the implementation of Home Information Packs have highlighted the move towards environmental measures throughout the entire country and, as a result, double glazing is continuing to rise in popularity.
Energy efficient glazing will ensure your home is quieter and warmer. There is a wide variety of glazing options to choose from, including triple, double and secondary glazing.
Because double glazing is available in a range of frames and styles to suit your home, you can be sure to find the glazing solution that’s right for you.
uPVC frames have a long life span and can also be recycled. Similarly, aluminium and steel frames are long lasting, are recyclable and have a slim appearance.
Wooden frames are kinder to the environment and are useful in conservation areas, suiting period properties that feature original timber framed windows.
Composite frames feature a timber frame on the inside, which is protected with plastic or aluminium and makes the frame weatherproof.
Period properties, or those within a conservation area, might restrict you with your window options. You can easily check with your local council to find out which replacement windows you can install, because each period property is considered individually.
In conservation areas, replacement windows would need to complement the character of your house and of the surrounding buildings. Double glazing today can do this quite easily, so that you don’t lose any of the characteristics of the original property through insulating it. You do need to talk to your council’s conservation department first though.
Making a listed building more energy efficient might sound tricky, as changes are controlled tightly, but this all depends on the grade of the building.
Sash windows can be enhanced with double glazing and this could be an option on a listed building. Traditional sash windows are made with single pane glass and do not insulate well, but these can be made into a design feature on any period property.
Units can be fitted and sealed and include double glazing to stop draughts and heat loss. You can ask for wooden frames to preserve the traditional feel, and they will have an insulated corer.
Before investing in double glazing, you should check with the planning office within your local council to see if you reside in a conservation area, or have an ‘article 4’ attached to your property which does not allow permitted development, or if you live in a listed building. If you do, you can discuss your double glazing options with the office and ask someone to visit your property to check on the suitability of double glazing.
Many double glazing companies will now offer double glazing to all types of properties in the UK. You should search for an installer who is registered with FENSA or Certass or VEKA. This ensures that you receive a certificate after the job is completed, which shows the regulations and gives you peace of mind that the work carried out is of a professional standard.
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