You might be wondering whether installing double glazed windows is a worthwhile investment. Regardless of whether your replacement windows were fitted years ago and have seen better days since or your home still has single-glazed windows, there are several key benefits you can enjoy by upgrading and installing new double glazed doors or windows. Because some of the advantages are less obvious than others, we decided to gather them all in one place.
You are bound to be in a better position to make a more informed decision on whether it is the right time to replace your existing units after apprising yourself of all the advantages offered by double glazing. Additionally, the factors that affect the cost of double glazed windows shown here are clear indicators of what you should consider before you decide what to purchase.
It is also notable that most if not all of these potential benefits can only become apparent if you invest in high-quality double glazing uPVC units and have an experienced and fully qualified team of professionals install them. Below are the benefits offered by installing double glazed windows.
Nothing ruins the aesthetic value and appeal of a house from the outside more than old uPVC glazing units or rotting window frames. The installation of brand new windows is an easy way to increase your property's curb appeal instantly. The result of installing new windows often is spectacular, and from the outside, it might even seem like you moved into a new house.
Enhanced resale value:
Because the installation of double glazed windows in older homes makes these houses more desirable to potential buyers, particularly those who would want to buy an efficiently insulated house, it is an excellent way to enhance the resale value of your home. The improved curb appeal provided by installing double glazed windows also increases the resale value of property.
The thermal insulation created by the airtight structural design of double glazed windows effectively reduces the flow of outgoing and incoming heat. As a result, you will use less energy to either heat up or cool down your house, which translates to lower energy bills.
While it can be a serious problem, especially in older homes, condensation on double glazed windows is limited. The air between the two glazed panes of glass along with the airtight seal prevents the buildup of condensation between double glazing panes by blocking moisture during cold weather. On warm surfaces, moisture usually forms droplets of water, which eventually freezes into frost and makes the atmosphere inside rooms much colder. Apart from forcing you to adjust the heat, condensation often causes mildew, mold, and even the rotting of wooden window frames in some cases.
By creating a sound barrier between your home and the outside environment, installing double glazed windows improves sound insulation. High performance double glazed windows can reduce outside noise by about 60%, making it a worthwhile investment if you live near a busy road or underneath a flight path.
Reduced effects of UV light:
Apart from damaging the skin, Ultraviolet light also causes the fading of furniture, drapery, and carpets. By using tinted glass on the outside of double glazed units, you will note the most significant improvement. In such a case, you can increase the elimination of UV light to about 86%.
Compared to single glass, double glazed windows are harder to break, which makes it difficult for intruders to break in and therefore discourages intrusion attempts. You can further enhance this benefit by using toughened or laminated glass. Because double glazed windows are usually sealed tighter than other windows, forcing them open from the outside is much tougher. As such, installing double glazed windows improves your safety and home security.