If you live in an older property which doesn’t have double glazed windows, you may be wondering if it is worth investing in it. A full set of new windows can be a bit expense, and it is important to weigh up whether the benefits will make it worthwhile for your home.
However, in most cases, home owners notice a lot of very tangible advantages when they upgrade their old single glazed windows.
Here are just some of them:
It Reduces Your Energy Use and Cost
One of the primary benefits, and one you’ll really appreciate it if you are concerned about money, is energy efficiency. Less heat escapes from double glazed homes, so you’ll find you need to use your heating a lot less during the winter than with old single glazed windows. If you use air conditioning, you will also find it easier to keep your home nice and cool in hot weather.
This will not only save you a lot of money over the course of the year, but will also make your home greener, reducing your carbon footprint. Couple double gazing with other energy saving methods like loft insulation and you will see even greater benefits when your energy bills come in.
It Boosts Your Home Security
It is much harder to break in to a double glazed window. While the glass can be smashed, as with any window, thieves tend to prefer to try and force a window or remove the pane of glass altogether as this is less likely to attract attention. This can be quite easy to do with an old window, but with a good quality lockable double glazed window, thieves are likely to be deterred. This is a big selling point for replacement windows, especially if you live in an area where there have been break ins and burglaries.
Of course, it is also important that the other access points to your home, like your doors, are secure and strong – it’s no good having really secure windows if thieves have an even easier way to get into your house!
It Reduces Noise
As well as insulating your home in terms of temperature, double glazing will also stop noise getting in. Whether you live near a busy street or simply want to keep out animal noise, you will find it much more peaceful inside your home with double gazing. It also keeps noise from escaping from your house, so if you have noisy pets, or play a musical instrument, your neighbors may be pleased you got the new windows installed too!
They Look Great
A lot of people don’t like the classic white UPVC windows; however, it is now possible to get double glazed sealed window units in all kinds of styles, including to replace sash windows and other styles often found on older houses. You can also get designs with lead or stained glass patterns if you want something really different looking for your home as well as beautiful bay windows that can give you great panoramic views. Whatever the style of your house, you should be able to find windows that suit it and look fantastic.
Dylan McGrath is an employee at Sidetex, a company that provides everlast siding in Connecticut. Through his blog, he advises people on various home improvement related topics. He loves to barbecue with his family and friends during holidays.