We understand that when looking for double glazing windows for your home improvements, things can be confusing and full of jargon. This makes it hard for the average customer to know where to go. In the article below, we’ll look at your range of options with double glazing, including the styles and materials on offer.
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What are Double Glazing Windows?
Double glazing and double glazing windows are terms that are thrown about a lot in the home improvement industry. This is in the assumption that as an established product, everyone knows what it is – but that isn’t always the case. Available with any home renovation that includes prominent glass panels, double glazing is, in short, two panes of insulated glass within the single frame.
This, in turn, offers a much higher level of security and energy efficiency than older, outdated single pane glass panels. As a result, double glazing, especially in windows but in all products, is incredibly popular. Improved energy efficiency means that in time you could save money on energy bills, as less heat will escape through the insulated glass.
Double Glazing Windows & Styles
In today’s market, double glazing windows aren’t just exclusive to modern frames. Double glazing is generally available will every type of window frame. Whether you’re looking for something more complex, or even a more traditional frame, there’s something for you.
Here’s just a snippet of the double glazing window options you could invest in with one of our approved installers:
Casement windows are seen in the industry as the most popular and standard choice of double glazing window on the market. As with every frame, they deliver excellent thermal efficiency and are a robust, secure choice of home improvement.
In several instances, they offer the most configuration and customisation options, which in turn makes them a highly versatile option among double glazing window styles. They are often available in a vast range of styles, which in turn means they can suit just about any property.
Flush Casement Windows
Similar to the ever popular casement style, flush casement double glazing windows offer a touch of class wherever they are fitted. If that’s what you’re looking for with your home renovations, they could be the choice for you. They are one of the most visually appealing window frames when shopping for home refurbishments.
Flush casement frames are seen as a modernisation of older wooden windows, offering a similar style but instead made from sturdy uPVC. However, unlike the older frames, the double glazing windows will provide better heat retention, soundproofing and weatherproofing.
Sliding Sash Windows
Investing in new double glazing windows doesn’t mean you have to totally modernise your home. In fact, there are options that will allow you to maintain the appeal of an older property and sliding sash windows are one of them.
Often built to replicate the older frames perfectly, several installers will offer sliding sash windows in a range of timber finishes, to better mimic the traditional appeal. However, with the inclusion of modern double glazing, they’ll offer brilliant heat retention among other perks.
Double glazed French windows are exactly what they sound like – a windowed version of your typical French door. These are a stunning option for garden facing kitchens, as the removal of any central reinforcement allows plenty of natural light to enter the home.
However, with the inclusion of double glazing, you won’t have any concerns over the level of security you’re getting with the window itself. It will do well to protect against the worst. Double glazed windows are also incredibly weatherproof, meaning the rain and wind will stay outside as well.
Tilt & Turn Windows
Tilt & turn windows are an impressively functional style of double glazing window, as they can double up as an emergency exit in a worst case scenario. This can offer you peace of mind, especially if your home has hard to access areas that could easily be cut off.
As a result, tilt & turn windows come with complex integrated hardware, but that doesn’t mean they’re partial to breaking. In fact, many installers will offer guarantees for the quality of their double glazed windows. Tilt & turn frames also often require limited maintenance after installation too.
Bow & Bay Windows
Another style of window that is re-worked off of a more traditional look, bow & bay windows have a range of modern benefits for homeowners. First and foremost, they offer the illusion of more space, by making the room seem much more open. They are an excellent option for bedrooms and lounges.
You’ll often see these windows in period homes but those dated frames will have cold spots, and if they’re made from old wood, they may have also rotted too. With many of the installers on our site, you’ll get a uPVC bow & bay window which comes with as much as a ten year guarantee for its quality.
Double Glazed Window Materials
When looking to invest in new double glazed windows, you have more choice than just the style of the frame. You’ll also be left with the choice of material with many styles as well.
uPVC Double Glazing Windows
With double glazing windows, uPVC remains the country’s most popular choice of frame material, thanks to a range of benefits and unrivalled versatility. uPVC, or Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride if you’re interested, is an incredibly robust material and therefore it’s used across a range of home improvements.
You’ll also find double glazed doors and conservatories which are made from uPVC, proving its rigidity whether it’s used in small or large quantities. It’s especially useful with the manufacturing of windows. This is because it can be made to fit the range of styles mentioned above, and to fit any space you may have available.
uPVC is a cheap material to manufacture too, meaning they’re a fantastic option if you’re shopping for double glazing on a budget. Despite this, they will not wither away easily and will provide great longevity. Contrary to what many believe, uPVC also isn’t a toxic material unless heated way beyond what it would naturally experience. All in all, it’s a fantastic choice of material for double glazing windows.
Aluminium Double Glazing Windows
However, uPVC is not your only option when in the market for some new double glazing windows. In fact, it has some serious competition.
Aluminium products are all the rage right now, thanks to being both lightweight, and incredibly sturdy. Both qualities make for a great material when building double glazing windows. Their longevity as a product can – in some instances – exceed their uPVC counterparts. Several suppliers will rubber stamp their aluminium products with as much as a 20 year guarantee.
As the material becomes more and more popular among installer and customer alike, the range of aluminium styles you can get with double glazing windows has grown also. With most of the window options mentioned above, you can instead get them made from aluminium.
With this option you’ll get slimmer frames which allows more natural light to enter the home, making the most of the stunning double glazing. Aluminium frames also require very little maintenance after installation. Although they’re a pricier option in comparison to uPVC, many consider them the superior product.
Replacement Double Glazing Windows & Options
If you’re interested in replacing the glass in your windows but not changing the frame itself, you still have plenty of options. Many of the approved installers on our site will offer replacement glass services if your current glazing is outdated and subpar.
Naturally, if the frame itself is wasting away, then your installer may recommend an entirely new window. But if it’s in good condition then replacing the glass may be the smarter option. It can come out cheaper, and with the perks of double glazing windows, they could actually save you money in the long run.
Double Glazing Windows, Costs & Prices 2018
Naturally, it’s tough to give an exact price for double glazing windows because of the range of variables – size, style and material all play a part in increasing and decreasing the rough estimate.
For example, a uPVC casement with one opener would cost between £250 and £450 dependent on size. However, it’s good to remember that local and national installers way offer differencing price ranges. Meanwhile, a sash window with double glazing in the same size range would instead be around £525-950.
A range of our installers will offer some of their more traditional frames in woodgrain finishes, to again better replicate the look of the classic models. These, among other colour options, come at a premium. A woodgrain finish would cost around £100 more each per window.
Finally, however, it’s important to know that many installers will offer deals when multiple windows are built and installed within the same renovation. This means that if you’re investing in five or six windows, your quote may come out less than expected.
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Do UPVC Windows Need Trickle Vents?
Trickle vents are not a requirement, however they do offer additional ventilation without the need for opening your windows so can be a valued add on.
How Long Do Aluminium Windows Last?
Aluminium windows have a long life span and should last about 20-30 years. Any type of window will require some maintenance but overall aluminium windows are extremely strong and durable.
What Colours Do Aluminium Windows Come in?
There is an infinite range of aluminium colours available for your windows and doors. The aluminium RAL colour chart consists of virtually any colour you could think of, allowing you to achieve the perfect look for your home.
What Are U-Values?
A U-value measures how effective a window or door is as an insulator of heat. The lower the U-values the more energy efficient the aluminium window or door is.
How Long Will It Take To Install My Casement Window?
Because every job is different, it is best your talk to your double glazing installer who will be able to give you an exact timescale.
Are There Other UPVC Casement Window Styles?
Other UPVC casement window styles include the French casement window which is a more traditional take on the standard casement style.
Will I Have A Choice of Casement Window Locks?
A high security lock will be fitted as standard with your new casement window but your double glazing installer will also offer a choice of security upgrades.
What Are Flush Casement Windows?
Flush casement windows are where the unit sits flush to the frame, creating a super sleek look.
Are There Different UPVC Casement Window Sizes?
UPVC casement windows come in a wide range of sizes to suit your property. You can specify your casement window size in our window cost calculator to get a unique window price!
Can I Choose My Casement Window Handles?
Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice casement window handles and casement window hardware options so you can achieve the perfect look.
What is a Casement Window?
A casement window is attached to its frame by one or more hinges. A casement window is hinged at the side allowing them to open extremely wide. These windows can double up as emergency exits and are perfect for hard to reach places within the home, with many home owners installing these windows behind their kitchen sinks.
Where Can I Get A Tilt and Turn Windows Price?
You can get a tilt and turn windows price using our window cost calculator which will give you a free and unique quote within a matter of minutes.
How Does The Tilt and Turn Window Mechanism Work?
The tilt and turn window can be ‘tilted’ inwards due to its unique turning action which allows the window to be easily accessed from both inside and out. All it takes is a swift turn of the handle.
How Much Do French casement windows cost?
The cost of French casement windows will vary depending on installer but you can get an average casement windows cost using our free online quoting engine
How do UPVC Sash Windows Work?
UPVC vertical sliding sash windows are built to either slide vertically downwards or upwards. This opening function makes the UPVC sash window much easier to use compared to traditional wooden windows where the only choice is double hung and single hand.
Are UPVC Sash Windows Easy To Use?
UPVC sash windows are very easy to use. Their spiral balance mechanism allows for smooth operation so you can open and close your windows with ease. UPVC sash windows are also incredibly low maintenance and require very little cleaning.
Why Should I Choose a UPVC Sash Window?
UPVC sash windows are incredibly attractive and make a stunning addition to any property and are relatively low maintenance thank to their UPVC design. You can enjoy a traditional aesthetic for many years to come thanks to their long standing properties.
Replacement Sash Windows In A Conservation Area
If your home is a listed property or within a conservation area then you will need to seek planning permission.
How Much Do Aluminium French Doors Cost?
Unfortunately our online quoting engine does not quote for aluminium however you can get a price by calling one of our advisors on: 0800 015 5679. Or alternatively, you can contact us using our online enquiry form.
Bay or Bow Window?
Simply put, it really depends! Bay windows offer often much welcome and useful extra storage space to the frontage of homes. On the other hand, bow windows provide a curved shape alternative in terms of look compared to bay windows. They are both beautiful options and can add much character and charm to the right property.
Can Bay Windows Look Modern?
Bay windows can easily be either modern or traditional depending on the combination of glass and / or coloured uPVC profiles now available. Subsequently, its easy for these windows to seamlessly blend in with contemporary or old properties.
What Makes Flush Sash Windows Different?
Flush sash casement windows are specifically designed to imitate the appearance of traditional wooden timber windows by appearing to have the same sashes that finish 'flush' with the outside face of the window.
Should I replace my old sash windows?
Sash windows are a key feature for many traditional period buildings. Sash windows were traditionally built using timber, which is fairly high maintenance and has a tendency toward rotting and warping. Over time, these windows can become draughty and insecure. uPVC sash windows are a great way to experience the benefits of modern double glazing, without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home. uPVC sash windows will not rot or warp and require little maintenance. They are also thermally efficient, which means that your home will not require as much heating.
How much does sash window restoration cost?
The cost of sash window restoration will depend on the survey result. Standard draught proofed sash windows (without sill replacement) usually starts at about £500 per window. The time taken will also depend on the survey result.
Can I install double glazing into my original sash windows?
This will depend upon what type of window you have. Replacing existing moving sashes with new, double glazed replicas might to be possible.
How much does it cost to replace a sash window?
The cost of replacing a sash window will depend on many factors including: style, size, material and glazing. A wooden sash window will cost significantly more than a uPVC sash window. A wooden sash window can cost up to £1000. Wooden windows are more expensive to manufacture so expect to pay that bit more. uPVC sash windows can be designed to mimic wood and are much cheaper in price. The starting price for a standard uPVC sash window is on average £525.