Why Double Glazing

Written by Matthew Anthony

Why replace your single-glazed windows with double glazing ? For most,repparttar 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 onrepparttar 149415 amount of glass in your home.

Some ofrepparttar 149416 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 affectrepparttar 149417 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,repparttar 149418 double thickness reducesrepparttar 149419 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 byrepparttar 149420 simple expedient of breaking a window pane and reaching throughrepparttar 149421 hole - but real security has more to do withrepparttar 149422 window frames and locking systems than withrepparttar 149423 glass itself. Be sure to choose windows with frames that can be securely locked fromrepparttar 149424 inside.

Energy Conservation

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 inrepparttar 149425 conservation of natural resources. Especially in rooms with large windows,repparttar 149426 difference in temperature inrepparttar 149427 room is easily noticeable. Sitting by a large, double-glazed picture window is far, far more comfortable on a chill winter night.

Save Money On Home Improvement Projects

Written by Gregory Thomas

Many of us avoid home improvement projects due to their expense. Granted if you are contemplating a "second-story" addition to your home, orrepparttar construction of a new "game-room", then most likely you will need to hire a general contractor to complete this task. However, if you are interested in projects like painting a room, removing acoustic texture fromrepparttar 149394 ceiling (I just did this), installing laminate flooring, wallpaper, landscaping, etc. then you may be able to accomplishrepparttar 149395 task(s) all on your own, or with minimal assistance.

My Personal Experience

I recently undertookrepparttar 149396 task of remolding my den and living room areas. I knew what I wantedrepparttar 149397 final product to be, however I was extremely hesitant to beginrepparttar 149398 work due to a lack of knowledge,repparttar 149399 fear of failure, and/or making damaging, irreparable mistakes. You see, in front of a computer I'm extremely proficient, however with tools and manual labor, I do not have much experience, so naturally I was a bit intimidated.

Two things changed my mind aboutrepparttar 149400 whole scenario. I bumped into a long-time friend who was known for his skill with tools and a knack for wood carving. I informed him of my remolding ideas andrepparttar 149401 underlying fear ofrepparttar 149402 whole task. He laughed and said that what I wanted to do it would not take much in terms of "professional skill" and it would save me about $2,000 in labor costs!

Once he put a price tag onrepparttar 149403 amount I would be saving, I was immediately intrigued. For me to save $2,000 of my own money, I'll definitely try my hand at these projects. Wouldn't you?

The second influence that helped me take on this task occurred on my first visit to Home Depot (popular hardware store in southern California). I was lucky enough to run into a wonderful, polite, knowledgeable employee who took his time and explainedrepparttar 149404 in's and out's of what I was about to undertake.

One side note, I could not have accomplished what I did withoutrepparttar 149405 help of Home Depot. I'm sure other hardware stores have pleasant, knowledgeable staff members also, but since I always went to Home Depot and since I was beginning to learnrepparttar 149406 locations ofrepparttar 149407 items I needed, I simply stayed with them. Kudos to Home Depot!

Keep in mind that ifrepparttar 149408 store employees are NOT assisting you in a pleasant and courteous manner, LEAVE and don't come back! Don't let their rudeness distract you from your overall goal - that's what's most important, notrepparttar 149409 personality of an unfriendly person. Go elsewhere if you do not like how they're treating you. Take it from me, someone who had NO IDEA of what he was doing, there will be some employees who will go out of their way to assist you. Once you find someone like this, keep going back to them. That's what I did. I probably went back to my assistant about fifteen times overrepparttar 149410 three month duration of my project sometimes to buy things, sometimes just to ask a few questions.

Ask For Help When You Need It

There are basically two ways to ask for help - verbally or indirectly. Depending on your personality and how comfortable you are asking "strangers" for help,repparttar 149411 verbal method may not be for you.

That's ok! Don't feel bad or downhearted. That's just your personality, nothing to be ashamed of, so don't start thinking you can give up just yet! :-)

Personally, I have no problem talking to anyone about anything. That's just how I am. If you are somewhat similar, then I suggest taking my approach and talking to as many people who have knowledge in what you want to do.

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