Increasing numbers of homeowners are opting to double glaze the windows in their properties. This includes those individuals lucky enough to be living in listed buildings and conservation areas. But what exactly are the benefits of fitting a double glazed sash window? Read on to find out.
Improved Energy Efficiency and Lower Bills
Given the current emphasis on protecting the environment, we should all be doing our part to reduce our carbon footprints. One way to do this is with double glazing, which traps warmth in your house during winter. In fact, over two thirds of those surveyed by Which? said that having double glazing installed had made their properties warmer. You won’t need to turn up the heating to get your house to a comfortable temperature, meaning your energy consumption, and consequently your bills, will be lower. But in summer, double glazing will also keep your property cool; with double glazing it’ll be comfortable the whole year round.
With two layers of glass blocking out sound rather than just the one, coupled with our highly efficient draught proofing system, your house should also be considerably quieter. If you live near a busy road or under an aircraft flightpath, or live in a listed building with single glazing, you’ll notice a considerable difference in the level of external noise entering the property when you install double glazing. There’ll be no more nights of disrupted sleep or interruptions while you try to focus during the day. Double glazing also prevents sound from exiting the property, meaning you can put on your favourite music and sing along to your heart’s content without your neighbours hearing a thing!
A common issue facing property owners with single glazed windows is that of condensation. Condensation forms when the surface of a window is colder than the air inside the property. The effects of condensation can be particularly damaging; the water droplets can cause damp and mould, which if not resolved quickly, can spread and be harmful to humans. However, with double glazing, the interior window will be a closer temperature to that of the house, meaning that condensation build up should be reduced.
Virtual Draught Elimination
When we double glaze your sash windows, we will fit a comprehensive draught proofing system to prevent the ingress of cold air. According to Historic England, such systems can reduce air leakage through a wooden window by as much as 50%. As the seals we fit are concealed rather than surface mounted, the appearance of your windows will not be affected by the process. You should notice that your house is warmer, more comfortable, quieter and indeed less dusty, as the system reduces dirt ingress.
If you live in a conservation area, you might worry that you will be stuck with inefficient single glazed windows forever, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Our restoration and double glazing process is compliant with legislation in 90% of conservation areas. When we fit a double glazed sash window in your home, we are able to preserve the original features of your window, such as the architrave and mouldings, ensuring that the appearance of your property is not compromised. Should the need arise for a whole window replacement, for example in the case of extensive irreparable rot, we can create a like for like replacement, which matches the original, with all detailing maintained. When it comes to selling your property, having beautiful, double glazed, legislation compliant windows can boost the value tremendously.
When yoursashwindows.com fits double glazing in your property, you’ll know that you’re receiving top quality workmanship and service, because all of our work is registered with the Competent Persons Scheme FENSA and guaranteed for five years with the option to insurance back. All of the double glazed windows we install also meet current 2011 Building Regulations, meaning that they meet certain heat loss and energy efficiency requirements.
Double Glazed Sash Window Services
Clearly then, fitting double glazed sash windows is highly beneficial. To find out more about the double glazing service which yoursashwindows.com provides, click here. To request a FREE sash window survey, click here.