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Over the past few years the design and construction of houses has been greatly improved. One of the contributors to this improvement is double glazing and the use of UPVC. As well as adding style to any house UPVC double glazing helps to reduce condensation, external noise and makes a considerable difference to heating bills, thus creating a warm, cosy, cost efficient environment to live in.
WHAT IS DOUBLE GLAZING?
In simple terms, double glazing is two sheets of glass with air trapped between them. This creates a gap of approximately 16mm, which forms an insulating barrier to keep heat in and noise out. A drying agent is added to ensure moisture cannot form within this gap and gases, such as argon, xenon or krypton, can also be added to make the windows even more efficient.
WHAT IS UPVC?
UPVC is unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, also known as rigid PVC. It is a low maintenance material used within the construction industry. UPVC comes in a variety of finishes and colours including wood finish and is used for windows, sills and doors. It does not require painting and is, therefore, virtually maintenance free. It is also used for weatherboarding, fascia and sidings and is often used instead of cast iron for drainage, plumbing and gutters.
Double glazed windows consist of two panes of low emissive glass. The side of the glass which is located facing into the room, the dry air side of the glass, is coated with a special metal film and sealing and absorption materials are used to prevent condensation.
There are many benefits to be had from installing double glazing into your home. One of the major benefits being the saving made on heating bills. 50 –60% of heat is lost through single paned windows. In addition to this double glazing can be installed into existing window frames. This means it does not require intrusive installations requiring extensive effort and money.
Cosmetically, double glazing can dramatically improve the appearance of your home,
offering a wide range of frames from UPVC, aluminium or hardwood.
Environmentally, double glazing reduces the level of carbon dioxide emissions by cutting down on heat loss and offers protection from burglary with secure windows and doors.
Double glazing is a wonderful invention, which will increase the value of your property, making it more marketable and desirable. Whilst at the same time offering you a quiet, warm and draught free home to live in.