Why replace your single-glazed windows with double glazing ? For most, precipitating factor for looking into double glazing is a need for new construction (or renovation) to conform to modern energy standards. Others decide to replace their windows as an energy saving measure. The main advantage that double glazing offers over traditional windows is insulation. Because nearly 25% of your heat is lost through your windows, well-made and well-fitted double glazing can reduce your heating costs by as much as half depending on amount of glass in your home.
Some of things to consider when shopping for double glazing for your home are safety, energy conservation, style, type of frame, type of glass, cost and installation. Each of these are important in your choice. Most will affect price that you pay - and all will affect your pleasure and comfort in your home for years to come.
Single pane windows are most often made of a single sheet of regular glass which shatters into long, sharp shards when hit. When shopping for double glazing, you have a choice of several different kinds of glass, each of which are safer on breaking than traditional window panes. If nothing else, double thickness reduces chances that both panes will be broken. Whether you use security glass, toughened glass or shatterproof glass, double glazing offers some measure of safety over single glazing.
There's no doubt that double glazing makes it more difficult for a thief or intruder to break into your home by simple expedient of breaking a window pane and reaching through hole - but real security has more to do with window frames and locking systems than with glass itself. Be sure to choose windows with frames that can be securely locked from inside.
Double glazing can reduce heat lost through windows by as much as 50%, thereby reducing your heating bills, keeping your house warmer and helping you do your bit in conservation of natural resources. Especially in rooms with large windows, difference in temperature in room is easily noticeable. Sitting by a large, double-glazed picture window is far, far more comfortable on a chill winter night.