You love the new house or the new apartment you just bought. However, before you settle in, renovation work is necessary, starting with the replacement of windows whose panes are too thin! What are the advantages of double glazing? Better thermal and acoustic insulation, savings on heating bills, more secure housing, etc. Here are the reasons to swap the single glazing of your windows for double glazing, which will improve your daily comfort!
DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOW DEFINITION
Before moving on to installing a double glazed window, it is important to understand what it is. Unlike a classic window consisting of a single pane framed by wood, aluminum, or PVC joinery, double-glazed windows are made up of two panes separated from each other by a layer of still air that the one calls “a blade.”
Double glazing, made up of two panes separated by a layer of air or gas, has become the benchmark in new construction. It is also mainly used in the renovation. With technological advances, manufacturers offer double-glazed windows of different kinds:
Double glazing with an argon blade: It strongly improves thermal insulation thanks to the presence of argon gas in the air space.
Burglar-proof double glazing: It is composed of laminated glazing to prevent injury in case of glass breakage and delay burglars’ intrusion.
Anti-reflective double glazing: It keeps the heat of the sun outside the home.
Heated double glazing: It captures heat and sends it inside the home.
Classic double glazing: With these two panes, it improves the home’s insulation and sound insulation.
Low-emission double glazing: It strengthens thermal insulation and makes this window more efficient than standard double glazing.
DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOW ADVANTAGES
With these many advantages, the double-glazed window quickly won over the general public. Among the most notable advantages of such windows, the question of insulation is quite possibly the most interesting.
Better thermal comfort
Double glazing limits heat loss through windows by at least 40% compared to single glazing. The Ug coefficient measures insulation. The Ug value of single glazing is 6.8, while that of double glazing is 2.8. the lower ug of double glazed window assures better insulation. Therefore, Double glazing limits heat loss from inside the home by 30 to 80%, depending on the window type.
You, therefore, gain considerably in daily comfort by retaining the heat in the room. There are also models of reinforced insulating glazing (VIR), allowing, in addition, to limit solar gain in summer. As a result, better thermal comfort also when the weather is hot.
Savings on your heating bill
This advantage stems from the previous one: the energy savings generated by limiting losses make it possible to lower your bill significantly.
Better sound insulation
Sound insulation is also a point to underline, especially for people living in urban and densely populated areas. Double-glazed windows limit noise from outside. Indispensable when you live in the city, above a store, next to a busy road, near an airport. Note that there are “asymmetrical” double glazing models that reinforce this insulation thanks to thicker glazing towards the outside and a specific filter. There are six graduations (class 1 to class 6), making it possible to reduce noise pollution by 25 to 50 decibels.
In the case of a double glazed window, you are better protected against break-in attempts, but also in the event of an impact (for example, if the neighbor’s son throws his soccer ball on your window). There are glass models with reinforced burglar-proof security. Burglar-resistant stained-glass windows are classified by resistance categories, from P1 A (less solid) to P5 A (more solid).
No more condensation problems on the windows
Condensation occurs when warm, humid air from the inside touches the cold glass. Double glazing, which keeps the interior pane at room temperature, eliminates this problem. Remember that this can affect visibility and cause deterioration of the window frame (corrosion, mold, fungus).
You have much less condensation on your windows
Condensation very often forms on the panes of old single-glazed windows. It is a natural phenomenon generally observed at night when the outside temperature drops and when the humidity of a room increases (after a shower or while you sleep, for example). The vapor will then be deposited against the wall of the window, which will be the coldest. This phenomenon is less frequent with more efficient glazing since the walls are more insulating and less cold.
Praised for their many properties, double-glazed windows have become essential in the carpentry sector. These windows are recommended because they are much more efficient than traditional single glazing. They are also particularly in demand in the context of renovation work.