How many owners are aware that if their home has an older window with wood panels, they could be losing up to 20% of their home’s heat? If the house additionally includes wooden doors and frames, the heat loss will be even greater. These figures clearly show that, at a time when fuel costs are always rising, any homeowner in this scenario should consider the potential of lowering their energy inefficiencies, and one way to do so is by the construction of double (or triple) glazed uPVC window and door components.
Installing uPVC Double Glazing Units Has Its Advantages
The first and most obvious advantage of installing uPVC double glazing is that it will immediately reduce the amount of heat lost from the building. Second, the amount of draught that enters the house will be reduced. These two elements together result in a significant reduction in household energy bills.
What Is uPVC Double Glazing and How Does It Work?
The energy savings are achieved by the use of double glazing units, which have two independent panes of glass rather than the single pane seen in typical, older windows. The two panes of glass are separated by a few millimeters. The space between the panes is filled with either a vacuum or a gas, such as argon, which improves their insulating efficacy. This type of sealed device also protects against noise, as previously stated. By using triple glazing or expanding the distance between the panes, the insulating and noise-reducing properties can be further strengthened.
What is the Process of Making uPVC Double Glazing Units?
Double-glazed uPVC windows and doors are manufactured by attaching an unplasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride (uPVC) cover to a strong frame, which is commonly made of steel. The uPVC coating is meticulously applied and sealed around the window and door frames to guarantee that they are waterproof, while the robust frame keeps the units safe. The uPVC coating is typically white, although it is possible to get windows and doors in other colors or with a grain appearance. One of the most significant advantages of uPVC is that it does not require painting, making it relatively simple to maintain
Is it Possible for uPVC Double Glazing Units to Fail?
Although uPVC doors and windows are quite robust, they are susceptible to failure. Moisture or water droplets will emerge in the space between the panes, indicating that this is the case. The units will need to be fixed or replaced in this case. Because of the high cost of installing uPVC double glazing and the little chance that it will break down, it is always a good idea to go with a company that offers a long-term guarantee. In reality, most large double glazing businesses are happy to offer a ten-year guarantee on their goods.
Can uPVC Double Glazing Benefit Any House?
The sort of property that is appropriate for the construction of uPVC doors and windows has no specific restrictions. Certain properties in conservation areas or those with listed building status, on the other hand, are likely to require specific approval. In certain situations, the local planning authorities may be hesitant to allow to the installation of uPVC double glazing at all, leaving only secondary double glazing as an option.
How Does Double Glazing Help to Cut Down on Heat Loss?
Through thermal cushioning and gas insulation limited within the sealed unit, double glazing reduces heat loss. When cold air strikes the external surface of a glass pane, the temperature is transferred to the gas layer. The gas layer reduces thermal transmission and slows heat transfer between two temperatures that are different. When warm air from inside the room reaches the interior pane of glass, the gas limits the transmission of warmth from inside, helping to keep the space warm.
The outside and interior glass panes of a double-glazed device will have different temperatures.
What Are the Benefits of Double Glazing for Condensation Control?
The air we breathe contains microscopic molecular water droplets that are invisible to the human eye. The molecules that retain the moisture are stretched apart when the air is heated. The water molecules become closer together as the air cools. The ‘dew point’ occurs when water molecules become too near together and mix to produce a transparent liquid.
Condensation happens when wet air comes into contact with a cold surface, such as a windowpane. When you cook food, boil a kettle, or take a hot shower, the surrounding air becomes more humid than usual, resulting in condensation on bathroom mirrors and kitchen windows.