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Triple Glazing – is it worth it?

In short the answer is yes – triple glazing is worth it – The real question should be ‘do I need it’? Here at Colourglass Glazing we manufacture both double and triple glazed windows on the Wirral (North West UK), you may find you will need triple glazing if;

  • You live in an industrial area
  • You live next to a motorway or train track
  • If you live in colder climates
  • If you want to be more eco friendly
  • To add another layer of security to your property

These are just a few of the examples when triple glazed windows come into their own, they are great at reducing noise pollution and at keeping your humble abode toasty in the winter.

When did windows first appear?

Until within the last century windows were traditionaly single glazed and have been since the Roman period. Whilst effective compared to no windows or just holes in the wall, single glazing allowed rooms to retain the heat and allow light in to the average home. Considering the theory of double and triple glazing is relatively simple, it was not put into practice until the late 1980’s in the modern home! Thats quite a gap, nearly 2,000 years of single glazed windows – luckily the gap between the advent of double glazing and triple glazing would not be so long.

Why are triple glazed windows so effective?

Just like the effectiveness double glazing has on acoustic pollution and retaining heat, triple glazing literally doubles up on these effects. When adding another layer of glass to a window you create a space between the panes which acts as a thermal/heat and acoustic/noise sheild, reducing drafts, heat loss and noise. When you then add a third layer (triple glazing) to this, you increase these effects again, allowing less heat to escape and less noise coming in. So whilst there is an intial investment in having your windows upgraded to triple glazing, there are savings to be made in the long term on your energy bills, and a peacful nights sleep.

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Double Glazed Windows

When did Double Glazed windows first appear?

Double glazed windows have been around for a while now, most windows are now Double or even Triple glazed in the majority of housing. This is because of how efficient they are at keeping the heat in and noise out. It is believed that modern day double glazing as we know it was invented in America by C.D Haven in the 1930’s, although the Romans invented a similar idea of heat retention over 2000 years ago!

Double glazing became common in the UK during the 1980’s after it’s popularisation in the USA where is has been in use (although not commonly) since the 1940’s.

Why use Double Glazed Windows?

Double Glazed Windows are popular for a reason, they hold the heat in your house and reduce incoming noise by up to 31 decibels! Along with your heating and noise reduction, double glazed windows can also help with:

• Heating
• Insulation
• Noise Reduction
• Security
• Energy Efficiency
• Cost saving

These days it is uncommon to to find a house with only single glazed windows installed unless it is kept Single Glazed for aethsetic reasons. With the efficiency and cost effective nature of double glazed windows it’s easy to see why, there are even Government initiatives to help you with the financial aspect of changing from single to double glazed.

Are Double Glazed Windows Mandatory

In short yes, double glazed windows are mandatory in any new building project in the EU, US & UK. This is due to the efficiency that double glazed windows offer, they keep in heat and reduce drafts making your bills cheaper. It also helps reduce the carbon emissions per house hold, helping the country reach it’s carbon targets.

Between October 2007 and September 2008 the energy effiencey requirements for Windows changed for new build properties. Any new housing from these dates must be built with Double Glazed Windows to meet the current requirements in building regulations.

Building Regulatory information –

https://www.pilkington.com/~/media/Pilkington/Site%20Content/UK/Reference/BRImpactSafetyPDF.ashx

Is Double Glazing a legal requirement in the UK?

Whilst it’s not entirely illegal to have single glazed windows in your property or business, it is a legal requirement to make sure you replace them with more energy efficient windows when the time comes to change them. This is to adhere to the regulations set out in the Minimum Energy Standards (MEES) from the UK Government.