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Just What Is Double Glazing

By Bessie Johns

Learning all about double glazing will help you to better get the type window you need, and the right installers for putting them in. The term here refers to two panes of glass with a space between them. But many know this type of window by another name, usually insulation windows. There are the two panes of glass, and can be sometimes three, fitted into different sized units. They are good for both insulation and light management.

What happens when they assemble a unit this way, is that it utilized the acoustic and the thermal insulating properties of the vacuum that is contained between the two panes and the unit. It gives you a good insulation and will not make you give up your transparency. This action has made this type of unit very popular and cost saving.

When you take advantage of the benefits of these windows, you can experience as much as a 50% decrease in your heat loss. You will also gain a high amount of solar heat, and still maintain a very good flow in your visible light. There is a variety of windows with this feature. You have the tilt and turn, the wooden sash, the wooden casement, the UPVC sash, and the casement windows. And these can be had in a frame of white woodgrain.

When you install windows that are double glazed, you have to be sure they come up to the minimum insulation requirements. This gets gauged by what is known as the U-value. And the lower the U-value, the better the insulation factor will be. For anyone selling their home, you they will be required to show proof of regulation compliance. These tough regulations have been thrust on us in many areas of our lives, and it is no different with windows.

In past times the windows used consisted of two panes of glass with a space bar between them. But as the restrictions and regulations have stiffened, in order to satisfy the stricter requirements, the glass used should now be some form of low emissivity glass. And the sealed units may require a filling of argon gas. The building regulations have really been stepped up in the past few years.

Once you have these windows installed, you will have to be careful yourself in how you go about maintaining them. They definitely should be cleaned once a year. And the proper way is to add a light coat of oil into any moveable window parts. You should never use a washing liquid of any kind because it will degrade the window seals. And you should also refrain from putting any type of oil on squeaky hinges, but take a rag and add some furniture spray that contains silicon for good results.

Choosing your supplier is another area to take caution with. Research anyone you are considering throughly. Be sure that you have your delivery dates written down and found within your contract. Take note of all guarantees that are offered. Everybody knows how powerful word of mouth advertising can be, and if possible, you should talk to someone who has prior experience with the people you choose for your installation.

Learning all about double glazing is not hard, and it is not complicated. But knowing what you are doing going in can really save a lot of bad headaches later. There are many types of these windows, and you can learn more about them than what can be put in this article. So if you are going to install some in your home, take the time to learn about them. You will be protecting yourself against future heartache.

John Mills is an expert in home improvements.

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