Tuesday 18 July 2017

Should I Draught Proof My Windows or Install Double Glazing?

When looking to improve the thermal efficiency in your home you may be unclear as to whether your windows just need draught proofing or whether you should double glaze your windows as well. Within this article, we outline the benefits associated with each repair service and what you should expect.

Benefits of Draught Proofing

The main aim of draught proofing is to reduce the draughts in your home by sealing up the gaps between your windows and the window frame. This can help improve insulation in your home, keeping your home warmer in the winter months. Draught proofing also helps keep dirt and dust from blowing into your home and reduces any rattles.

As part of The Sash Window Workshop’s draught proofing and overhaul service, we also ensure that your windows operate smoothly, helping to extend the window life. We can also change the ironmongery at the same time, helping to improve the security of your home.

Benefits of Double Glazing

If your windows are currently single glazed, you may want to upgrade to double glazed windows. Double glazed timber windows can add value to your home, as they are seen as a benefit by homeowners.

However, it is important to note that you will require planning permission prior to double glazing your windows if your property is a Listed Building or in an Article 4 Conservation Area (view our Listed Property and Conservation Area Guide).

When installing double glazing, a specialist window company should draught proof your windows at the same time for you. This means that you will receive all the benefits associated with draught proofing your windows, in addition to the benefits of installing double glazing.

Double glazing works by having a gap, filled with argon or krypton, between two panes of glass. As these gases are poor conductors of heat, heat loss is reduced, allowing your home to retain the warmth. This helps improve the insulation and thermal efficiency of your home and is more effective than just draught proofing.

Double glazing can also help reduce external noise levels. However, it is important to remember that other aspects of your home, such as flooring, may also affect noise levels in your property.

Obtain a Site Survey

A specialist timber window company should be able to advise you on the best solution for your home. The best solution for you will depend on a variety of things, such as the condition of your windows and how exposed your windows are.

Make sure that the company you ask to conduct the site survey offers both a repair and replacement service to ensure that they can provide you with the best advice on whether it is worth draught proofing and repairing your existing windows or whether they require replacement.

At The Sash Window Workshop, our sales surveyors will always discuss your requirements with you before recommending the best service for your needs. We offer a full range of services for timber windows, from minor repairs to full replacement windows.

To obtain a free, no obligation home visit and quotation, contact us on 01344 868 668.

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