13 February 2012

What are the benefits of double glazing?

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What are the benefits of double glazing?

The benefits of double glazing are often stated as being:

• Energy efficiency and reduced heating bills
• Heat retention
• Noise reduction
• Increased security
• Reduced condensation

What is uPVC?

uPVC stands for un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride. It is the cheapest option of all double glazing materials, up to three times cheaper than traditional wooden frames, and also the most energy efficient.

It is available in a variety of colours and finishes (including wood effect), although white is the most popular. It is also recyclable and durable.

uPVC requires little maintenance other than a wipe with a soft cloth and at most a little washing up liquid.

What is the Window Energy Rating (WER)?

Some window makers show the energy efficiency of their products using an energy rating scheme from A to G – like the one used for appliances such as fridges. The scheme is run by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC). The required minimum rating to comply with Building regulations is C.

Is it worth getting A-rated windows?

The difference in energy saving between an A, B or C window isn’t huge, but you’ll want to get the best product for your money at the time you decide to change your windows.

Should I use a Fensa approved installer?

You don’t have to, but it could make things a lot easier. In England and Wales, Building Regulations dictate that new and replacement windows must meet a certain level of energy efficiency. You must get a certificate to show that your windows comply with these regulations. An installer registered with one of the self-certification schemes such as Fensa, will issue this certificate for you. Otherwise your local council will need to come and check the work which could cost up to £250

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