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A Comparison Of Double Glazed Sash Vs Single Glazed Windows

By Jonathan Redworth

A person who decides to replace the windows in their home will be making a big investment that will significantly increase the value of your home and make it more comfortable. Comparing double glazed sash windows to single glazed windows will help you to make the best decision for your needs. It will be important to check with your local planning office before you begin comparing windows since there are building regulations regarding the types of replacement and new windows that can be used in the UK and Wales.

The Cost

The initial cost of single glazed windows is usually much less than dual-pane windows. In addition, repair of single glazed windows is less than replacing 2 panes of glass when the more expensive window breaks. However, this is where your savings ends. Over the long-term the cost in heating your home will far outweigh the initial cost of installing double glazed windows.


When 2 panes of glass are separated by non-metallic spacers, they have air or gas introduced between the glass. The gas may be Xenon, Krypton or Argon depending of the energy efficiency desired. The dual-panes are sealed within a frame that prevents air from leaking into the room, reduces condensation in the window and eliminates noise from out of doors.

The Energy Efficiency Rating will vary depending on several factors. The heat which passes through the window, amount of sunlight that travels through the glass, and the amount of air that leaks in or around the window all affect the rating. When you see a window with a “A” rating, it has passed the rigorous requirements that provide you with the highest level of energy efficiency in the home.

When a single pane of glass is tinted or clear, it is a single glazed window. The windows do not have the same level of efficiency as the dual-pane windows and are available in different tints to deflect heat from the home. However, the tint also deflects light from a room as well and may interfere with the light in a room.


Once you have determined the regulations for replacing your windows, you will be ready to compare the different windows and their energy efficiency ratings. In some rooms of your home, where energy is not an issue, single pane-glass windows will not impact your overall energy saving efforts.

However, when you are replacing windows in your main living quarters, having dual-pane sash windows can make a significant difference in your energy costs, the noise levels in your home and the comfort of your home. As an example, an individual who recently replaced the single paned windows in their 196 sq meter home realized an immediate reduction of over 1/2 in their energy costs, a significant reduction in noise levels from the outside, and even warmth throughout the home with no draughts or cold spots.

When you are comparing glazed sash windows to single glazed windows, talking to a professional who is knowledgeable about the options that will meet your needs will be very beneficial. They will assist you in choosing windows that will make your home comfortable and increase its value.

You get good circulation with sash windows so you save money in hot weather. When you use double glazed sash windows you reduce heat loss in the cold weather.

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