- Home Improvement
What to Look for When You Buy Double Glazing
Choosing Double Glazing
If you are planning to move to a house that doesn’t have double glazing, then it’s likely that the first thing you will want to do when you move in is to update the windows. Many cities, are full of homes that lack basic energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, and double glazing, and the benefits of those upgrades are massive. In particular, double glazing is a great long term investment. In fact, there are a lot of initiatives being promoted to encourage people to improve their insulation and their windows. A growing number of local authorities are promoting energy efficiency as part of a campaign to help people reduce their bills, and save the planet at the same time.
Before you rush out and invest in double glazing, however, it’s important that you make sure you’re buying the right sort of windows for your home. While you could just open up the yellow pages and call the first company you see advertising the fitting of windows in your area, you’d be better off if you did some research first and made an informed decision.
Do You Need to Glaze the Whole House?
If you’re a home-owner and you don’t qualify for any financial aid, then you may find the cost of upgrading the whole house in one go prohibitive. In that case, the best choice would be to sort out the rooms that cost you the most to heat first. Make sure that you fit draft excluders to all your doors, and keep the doors closed as much as possible to keep your double glazed rooms nice and warm.
UPVC or Wood Frames?
There are several different kinds of window frame. Some are easier to care for than others, but most frame types are good from an energy efficiency point of view. If you’re on a budget, standard UPVC window frames are a good choice. If you can afford it, sustainable wood frames are environmentally friendly, but may be more demanding from an after-care standpoint.
Finding a Reputable Double Glazing Installation Company
There’s no shortage of companies that can fit windows in most areas, so finding a reputable company should be easy. The best way to start your research is to ask around for word of mouth recommendations. If you can’t do this – perhaps because you’re planning on getting your windows changed before you move in to the area, then look for online reviews of companies that install windows in your area. Remember that online reviews are easily faked, so ignore any excessively glowing reviews, and also any particularly vitriolic reviews. They could be genuine, but they could just as easily have been written by the company themselves, or one of their competitors.
Double glazing is a great investment, and if you look after your new windows carefully, they will serve you well for a long time to come. It takes a while for the monetary investment to pay off, in terms of reduced heating bills, but you should enjoy increased comfort (and less background noise) from day one. For that alone, most people say that double glazing was worth every penny.