Most homes have double glazing these days and there are not many homes in the entire United Kingdom that do not have that, or triple glazed windows. Very few houses in the United Kingdom exist these days with just single glazed windows and those that do have it will probably not have it for long. It is far less efficient because of its lack of insulation. This brings the question of what exactly is insulated glazing. Well, to answer that simply, it is double glazing. Manufacturers of double glazing must adhere to certain standards, no matter where they are in the country. Most countries have some sort of rating and acceptable level of insulation when it comes to making double glazed windows and doors for homes.
Range, Thickness and Acceptability
Generally, acceptable levels of manufacture for double glazed windows include a glass thickness of between one eighth of an inch and three eighths of an inch. All glass must either be tempered or laminated as part of the windows construction. The construction of a double glazed window comprises quite a few component parts, including two panes of glass that reach glazing standards, spacers, the window frame, window sill for the exterior and window sill for the interior. The job of the spacer is to reduce the flow of heat so that external noises are not heard as much as they would be without it or with just single glazing it.
Aside from that function, a spacer is also designed to remove and disperse moisture from entering the space compartment between the two window panes. They contain or can be filled with ‘desiccant’ which removes any moisture trapped. The space is also filled with gas to prevent condensation from forming on the outer surface of the window—or rather the outside window.
The general idea of double glazing in North Wales or most of the middle and northern part of the United Kingdom is to keep the heat into the house rather than have it escape. In areas where properties are particularly susceptible to windy and chilly weather might benefit greatly from triples glazing instead, as an extra protective measure and an added level of insulation for your home.
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