Whenever you are looking to refurbish a property and upgrade certain aspects of it, or when looking at a complete redevelopment of a property, it is important to consider all options when discussing the windows situated there. You have a multitude of options when discussing the renovation of windows, and one of the biggest improvements you can make is to investigate whether or not to invest in secondary glazing. This can provide a cost-effective and long-term solution to improving insulation and sound reduction and can also be installed alongside sash windows and other types of classic window types – allowing you to maintain the aesthetic that you want whilst including a modern-day approach to the other aspects of your windows.
Secondary glazing is where a ‘secondary’ window is installed at a property. What this means is that a completely independent window is installed internally, on the inside of an existing window. What this achieves is double glazing, alongside an existing single-glazed window. It is a completely separate window unit, with its own single glazed panel and its own frame, fitted onto the existing window and sealed around the edges. There are many different types of secondary windows to choose from in terms of style and function, including double-side hung, lift-outs, removable fixed panels, horizontal sliders, and vertical sliders.
By installing secondary glazing at your property, you will benefit from a number of things. It is one of the best ways you can improve heat retention in a property, which is always an important consideration when renovating or refurbishing a household. By retaining heat in a more effective way, you ensure that the household is naturally warmer during the colder winter months and makes the property less reliant on the heating systems installed. Over time, this means that secondary glazing can have a direct impact on lowering your energy usage. By lowering your energy usage by not using the heating as often, your household is cutting its carbon emissions whilst reducing energy costs at the same time – both very important functions for the modern household.
Another benefit to secondary glazing is that it helps to significantly reduce noise that bleeds into the property from outside. If you want a quiet house, secondary glazing is the perfect action to take. It also adds an extra level of security by bolstering the level of security of an otherwise potentially vulnerable entry point.
If you are interested in installing secondary glazing at a property that you are currently refurbishing or renovating, it is vital that you have access to expert advice and guidance from window specialists in order to be able to make a fully informed decision. Putting together a refurbishment project will always mean making decisions that are best for different factors – such as improving the reduction of sound inside the house, helping the household to reduce energy bills with greater heat retention and insulation, whilst also making sure that the windows look great and fit the style and aesthetic of the home. If you are looking at refurbishing sash windows for instance, but wish to install secondary glazing, you need to speak to experts in the field to make sure you make the correct decision.