Before installing double glazing, check with your local planning office if any of the following apply to your property: G&B can assist with this.
- You live in a conservation area.
- You have an article 4 direction on your property, removing the right of permitted development.
- You live in a listed building.
Double-glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, usually about 16mm, to create an insulating barrier that keeps heat in. This is sometimes filled with gas.
Triple-glazed windows have three sheets of glass but aren’t always better than double-glazed windows.
Energy efficient windows come in a range of frame materials and styles. Performance criteria vary according to how well they stop heat from passing through, how much sunlight travels through the glass and how little air can leak in or out around the window.
The most energy efficient type of glass for double glazing is low emissivity (Low-E) glass. This often has an invisible coating of metal oxide, normally on one of the internal panes.
It lets in light and heat but cuts the amount of heat that can escape.
Gaps between the glass
Very efficient windows might have gases such as argon, xenon or krypton filled in the gap between the sheets of glass.
These are set around the inside edges to keep the two panes of glass apart. For maximum efficiency, look for pane spacers containing little or no metal – often known as ‘warm edge’ spacers.
For all frame materials there are windows available in all energy ratings.
uPVC frames last a long time and may be recycled.
Wooden frames can have a lower environmental impact but require maintenance. They are often used in conservation areas where the original windows had timber frames.
Aluminium or steel frames are slim and long-lasting and can be recycled.
Composite frames have an inner timber frame covered with aluminium or plastic. This reduces the need for maintenance and keeps the frame weather-proof.