Double-glazed windows and doors may have long been popular in cooler climates, but they’re a valuable asset in warmer climates too.
In fact, there are several lesser-known benefits of double-glazed products over single-glazed windows and doors.
So in this blog post, we’re exploring the many benefits of double-glazed windows and doors.
What is Double-Glazing?
Double-glazed windows and doors have panels that consist of two pieces of glass bonded together with a spacer between them. This space is hermetically sealed and filled with argon gas.
Structurally, these gas-filled, separated panes are the key difference between double-glazed products and their single-glazed counterparts. However, this key difference results in a world of difference when it comes to outcomes and benefits.
Heat Loss & Gain
The space between the glass in double-glazed products acts as a thermal barrier between your home and the outside environment. This makes double-glazed products more effective insulators than single-glazed windows and doors, as they keep your home’s temperature more steady, and insulate you from the full effects of temperature extremes.
By reducing your heat loss and gain, double-glazed windows and doors keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter – which is exactly what everyone wants.
Almost half the energy used in Australian homes goes to powering heating and cooling devices.
By reducing your heat loss and gain, double-glazed windows and doors reduce your need for this electrical temperature control. As such, if you use double-glazed products throughout your home, you can reduce your energy costs by more than 20% compared to a home with single-glazed windows and doors. That’s some serious energy efficiency.
Condensation occurs when the moist air inside your home is exposed to a cooler surface such as a single-glazed window. While condensation is generally just an annoyance, it does have the potential to cause serious problems for your home.
Double-glazed products reduce the likelihood of condensation by removing its key cause – a cold window. The interior glass pane stays close to room temperature, reducing your condensation risk.
The space between the two glass panes in double-glazed windows and doors doesn’t just insulate you from temperature extremes – it also insulates you from external noises.
With double-glazing, special acoustic seals along with acoustic layers within the glass allow the glass panes – and the space between them – to absorb more sound energy. This reduces neighbourhood, traffic, and other external noise, keeping it where it belongs: outside.
Aesthetically-speaking, at Bradnam’s, all our double-glazed windows and doors have profiles that are uniform across the range. This means that they’re not just architecturally symmetrical with one another – they’re also architecturally symmetrical with our single-glazed products.
This gives you greater flexibility in choosing the most suitable windows and doors for you.
Double-Glazing vs Single-Glazing
As you can see, there are lots of benefits to choosing double-glazed windows and doors.
If energy efficiency and insulation against temperature and noise are what you’re looking for, double-glazed products are probably the way to go.
But if you’re still having trouble deciding, we recommend asking for a comparison quote, so you (or your client) can compare your single- and double-glazed options side-by-side, while still keeping the benefits we’ve discussed in mind.