Double glazed windows: upgrading your standard windows

Double glazed windows: upgrading your standard windows
Modern construction has introduced advanced technology to some of the most basic home-elements, such as windows. Double and triple-glazed windows are an example of this, as they elevate standard windows to a more functional and practical product. Otherwise known as Insulating Glass windows, double-glazed windows consist of two glass windowpanes separated by a gas-filled or vacuum space. If one has a triple-glazed window, there will be three glass windowpanes with the gaps in between each pane.

The purpose of these gas-filled or vacuum spaces between the panes is to reduce the transfer of heat from within the home, to the outdoors. This keeps heat indoors during the colder seasons and saves homeowners from having to invest in powerful heating technology to keep the house warm. At the same time, double-glazed windows prevent heat from increasing indoor temperatures by insulating the home from external temperatures during summer months.

Double-glazed windows can also be used to soundproof a home. They limit the volume of noise penetrating the home and can therefore be a very useful addition to the construction of one’s home if there are family members who work from home and need silence to focus, or if the home is situated close to a noisy area, like a highway or shopping centre.

Homeowners needn’t sacrifice design for functionality when it comes to double- glazed windows. A number of options exist to make your windows part of the decorative scheme of your home. For example, frosted and pattered glass can be used for the glass panes that make up the double-glazed window, which allows homeowners to explore with texture and colour. In addition to this, choosing a heavily frosted glass design limits a pedestrian's ability to see through one’s window, which increases the privacy and security of your home.

Finally, the frame of a double-glazed window is available in multiple materials, just like a standard window. Double-glazed windows can therefore be encased by steel-enforced uPVC, timber, aluminum or a mixture of these three materials.