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Simply put, double glazed windows comprise two panes of glass that are separated by a gap which is filled with Argon gas. They have been specifically designed to improve the energy efficiency of properties and they are incredibly effective in doing so. Yet, whilst double glazing has been around for decades now, still not all properties in the UK will benefit from these highly insulated windows.The vast majority of people are aware of just how beneficial double glazed windows can be to install, but like anything else, there are lots of misconceptions surrounding upgrading the windows in your home to double glazing. If you’re currently contemplating whether or not you should invest in double glazed window replacements and you’re hesitant because of the many myths surrounding doing so, keep reading today. Below we have looked into the most common misconceptions about these windows.
“Double glazing is ridiculously expensive”
For many homeowners, the price of double glazed window replacements is the one thing that puts them off, but it is important to remember that they are an investment. It isn’t uncommon for people to save hundreds of pounds a year when they upgrade to double glazing, so they are very cost-effective. Remember, there are different finance options available for windows too.
“You will need planning approval to install double glazed windows”
Whilst for some homeowners this is true, generally speaking, unless you live in a conservation area or your home is a listed building you shouldn’t have to apply for planning approval. Even if you do have to get planning approval, a double glazing windows company will be able to help you when doing so and it doesn’t mean that you can’t have these windows.
“Double glazed windows will spoil the aesthetics of your home”
This really couldn’t be further from the truth. Nowadays, there is such a vast range of different colours and styles of double glazed windows available, from sliding sash windows to flush casement windows, and you can easily find something that perfectly complements your home. In fact, upgrading your windows will actually improve the overall appearance of your property.
“Secondary glazing is an equally good alternative”
Even though they're easy to confuse, secondary glazing and double glazing are actually two completely different things. Secondary glazing involves placing an additional pane on the inside of your existing single glazed windows, so whilst you will technically have two panes of glass, it is nowhere near as effective as double glazing. Whilst it is an alternative, it isn’t equally as good.
“Replacing your windows will damage your property”
Many homeowners fear that when they get replacement windows installed, their home will be damaged and it is easy to see why this would discourage you from doing so. However, when you turn to an experienced double glazing windows company, you won’t need to worry in this regard. You can trust that they won’t cause any damage to your brickwork.
“You have to use uPVC windows when you get double glazing”
For lots of people, uPVC will be their first choice of window frame material when investing in double glazed window replacements, but it definitely isn’t your only choice. Nowadays, aluminium is another popular option too, and ultimately, you will be able to decide which is most beneficial and most suitable for your home. You definitely aren’t restricted in this regard.
Finding a local double glazing windows company
Hopefully, the information above will have set the record straight about this type of window. It is fair to say that if you don’t already have double glazing or your current double glazing is looking worse for wear, then it is definitely worth investing in double glazed window replacements. This is by far one of the best home improvements you can make and as soon as you start reaping the benefits of these windows, you will see why. If you’re searching for a local double glazing windows company who can assist you with replacement windows for your home, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Brackenwood. We are incredibly proud to be considered one of the leading installers of replacement windows and doors in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, and we will gladly help in any way we can. If you have any questions at all about double glazed window replacements, please feel free to ask our team, they will be able to provide you with any additional information you require.