• July 24th, 2012
  • Posted by sam

How to Make Sure Your Double Glazing is Worth the Cost

These days it seems like double glazing is an essential rather than a luxury. However not all double glazed windows are the same, and it’s worth taking a while to decide what make, materials and frames you need for your double glazing.

Single glazed windows can lead to draughts, condensation and rotting wooden frames and heat loss so that, in the end, the cost of keeping single glazed windows is higher than replacing them with double glazing. For instance, a recent poll by the Energy Saving Trust showed that 64% of house buyers would avoid a property with single glazing and insufficient insulation.

Whether you’re going with any of the huge number of providers out there, there a number of important questions you need to ask yourself.

So the right double glazing can really add value to your home, however a poor choice in windows will set off alarm bells for prospective buyers. If you go for the cheap option and the minimum available standards and you could risk having windows that jar with the character of your property. Buyers who see those windows will immediately start wondering how much they’ll have to pay to replace them, and that will count against you.

The question is, how do you know if you have the right windows? The first thing you’ll need to find out is just how energy efficient those windows are. Just like fridges, washing machines and ovens, windows have an energy efficiency rating, with A being the best you can get, and G really not being worth thinking about. Most major brands have a minimum energy rating of B, with A-rated windows being their top of the range products.

Beyond the energy efficiency rating, it’s also a good idea to look at the gap between the panes of glass- older windows have a gap of around 6mm, while newer models have increased that to around 16mm. It’s not just a case of the gap between the panes of glass however. It’s also a question of what’s in the gap. You’re better off looking for windows filled with an inert gas, such as argon, rather than air.

So long as you pick the right windows, you’ll find they pay for themselves