Double Glazing Windows and Doors
What is Double Glazing And How Does It Work?
In a standard single-glazed window, both heat and noise are easily transferred. In summer, sunlight heats up your house. In winter, heat escapes from inside your home to the outside. You pay more for heating and cooling costs. All year-round, noise can easily pass through the window.
By using two (Double Glazed) panes of glass, the gap between the panes dramatically reduces transmission of both heat and sound. The double glazed unit is often referred to as a IGU (Insulated Glass Unit)
In cheaper products, the gap may only be air. In more efficient, higher quality units, the use of a gas such as argon to fill the gap provides superior performance.
What Are The Benefits of Double Glazing?
A more comfortable home
Double Glazing your windows and doors will have your family feeling more comfortable in your home. Having double glazed windows will help keep the heat out in summer, and keep in the warmth in during winter. Not many of us enjoy heating and cooling systems that are forever turning on and off, causing noise and blasting us with hot or cold air. Double glazing will keep your home’s temperature more stable, cutting down the number of times your heating/cooling system has to switch on and off. Learn more about Thermal Comfort here…
A Quieter home
In today’s world, noise can be detracting from our enjoyment of our home. At Eco Home Solutions, we can’t do much about the noise inside your home, but we can certainly help keep out noise from outside.
Double glazing your windows can dramatically cut any noise pollution that you might suffer from. This could include annoying noise such as barking dogs, loud airconditiomers, noisy neighbours, aircraft noise, traffic noise, nearby pubs and clubs, to name a few. Learn more about double glazing’s sound insulation properties ...
I work night shifts and need to get my rest during the day, so I used Eco Home Solutions Double Glazed Windows and doors to keep the noise out of the room….. Its is very impressive how good this has worked.
I can barely hear any noise coming through and no draught at all anymore. Not only that but I have noticed a sufficient difference in keeping the temperature under control in that area.
Pye – Box Hill South
Lower Energy bills
Energy bills are forever increasing and this will definitely be an ongoing issue for your family budget. Windows can severely impact on the heating and cooling loads of a building. Up to 40% of a home’s heating energy can be lost and up to 87% of its heat gained through windows.
Improving windows’ thermal performance reduces energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Learn more about the financial aspects of double glazing here…
A more Secure home
Modern double-glazed windows and doors, using multi-point locking technology, and security-enhancing uPVC framing, can help improve your window security, and deter would-be burglars.
In many homes today, condensation on windows and doors is a problem. We have these thin 3mm panes of glass that in the cooler months becomes a cold surface. When the warm, moist air inside your home meets this cold glass pane, it can cause condensation.
Condensation on your windows can cause a number of problems. The moisture can trickle down and damage the window frame- particularly if it is wood. Sometimes really bad condensation can damage your wall, your architrave, your carpet or your floor. High moisture levels like this are also breeding grounds for mold.
Double Glazing will virtually eliminates these problems. The gas in-between the two panes of glass will ensure that the inside glass is kept at room temperature. Condensation issues will become a thing of the past. Learn more about condensation, and how double glazing counters it…
Enhance your home’s value
Double Glazing will help your home achieve a higher Star Energy rating. New homes in Victoria a required to meet a minimum 6 Star standard. That’s a good target to meet, or beat, when you are extending or refurnishing, too .
Using double glazing to help achieve a higher Star rating provides an excellent Return on Investment (ROI) when it reduces your power bill, but there’s an extra bonus.
While every individual case will be different, a study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that higher star ratings translate into higher sale prices for homes. Learn more about the financial value of double glazing here…
Reduce your carbon footprint
This is an effect on safety for some, insurance rates for many and a poorer future for all our kids. Double Glazing can reduce the green house gas (GHG) emissions from your heating and cooling significantly, and reduces your carbon footprint..
Double Glazed Windows and Doors for Your New Home
Building a new home is a great opportunity to be double glazing your windows, it is also a more cost effective method as there is no removal and disposal of old windows. There is also the option to save on installation costs if your builder has the experience of installing uPVC double glazed windows and doors. We can liaise with you, your architect and your builder to design the windows to suit your home. This is a exciting opportunity as your windows will really finish off the “look” of your home.
Double Glazed Windows and Doors for Your Existing Home
Whether you are renovating, upgrading, or just need some new windows, double glazing your windows and doors is definitely the best choice you can make. There is no home that cannot be fitted with double glazing. There are many different options for double glazing your existing windows
There are some ‘secondary glazing’ options out there. Secondary glazing allows the single glazed window to be fitted with a second, transparent acrylic pane via magnetic strips. This is NOT genuine double glazing and customers purchasing ‘secondary glazing’ miss out on many benefits. Learn more about secondary glazing here…
Which Is The Best Framing Material?
An aluminium frame is definitely the cheapest option for window framing material. They are strong, durable and light. They come in a variety of colours. Unfortunately, aluminium is a very good conductor of heat and cold. Standard aluminium frames will gain heat in summer, and lose it in winter- they could even decrease the energy values of your windows. The answer is to use thermally-broken frames, which are amongst the most expensive you can buy.
Timer is good for natural sound and thermal insulation- they do not conduct temperature and noise as an aluminium frame would. However timber is a larger frame and 0ften results in gaps between the openings, which can cause draughts and can be a big issue for your home. Over time, timber frames are degraded by sun, cold and rain. Although they can be beautiful, they are ‘high maintenance’. They can fade and warp, which generally means they will need to be oiled, sanded back and painted regularly.
uPVC frames are the highest quality frames available on the market today. They are the gold standard window and door frame in advanced markets like North America, and especially Europe. Australia is catching on, and catching up
uPVC has excellent thermal and sound insulating properties. It is extruded into complex profiles that provide excellent air seals and great security. uPVC will not conduct hot or cold temperatures as aluminium would. It is not going to rot, warp, fade or require painting like a timber frame would. With uPVC frames, you enjoy the highest performance, and the lowest maintenance. Learn more about uPVC window and door framing here…
What Double Glazed Window Styles Can I Choose From?
We can generally achieve all window styles that are available with single glazing. See below for the 4 most popular styles:
Tilt and turn
What Double Glazed Door Styles Can I Choose From?
We can also generally achieve all door styles that are available with single glazing, here are 4 of the most popular styles:
What Framing Colour Choice Do I Have?
We have 8 different colours that we offer: While, Cream, Primrose, Silver, Grey, Black, Nut Tree ( Timber Look ) and Golden Oak ( Timber Look ). We can discuss the best options with you to achieve the best colour selection to suit the design of your home.
What About Triple Glazing?
Triple Glazing windows works like double glazing, however will have one extra pane of glass, and one extra air or gas gap. Triple Glazing is only necessary in extreme climates and isn’t needed for the Australian climate. With double glazing we can achieve very low U-Vales similar to that of triple glazing just by adding some extra elements to the glass like laminate and low E, we can also increase the argon gas gap in the IGU if needed. This will all be customised to each individual case, so that you get the best windows and doors for your situation.
What’s The Next Step To Double Glazing My Home?
If you are wanting a high quality product that will in return make your home more energy efficient, that will give you great thermal comfort, reduce noise issues, make your home look fantastic and potentially increase the value of your property, then contact us to speak with one of our experts. We are here to help and are more then happy to answer and questions you might have.