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An Overview of the Differences Between Single Glazed and Double Glazed Windows

Blog | April 28th, 2020

Windows can influence a lot of elements in our homes. They can affect the comfortability of our living environment. They can also alter the heat levels, energy bills, noise levels, and security of our home. If you are planning on changing your windows, you must know the differences between single glazed and double glazed windows. 

Single Glazed Windows

Single glazed windows utilise a single pane of glass that is installed and incorporated in the frame. One benefit of using single glazed windows is that they do not always require newer frames. A new single glass pane can be quickly installed within older windowsills and window frames, making it great for those who want to save some money. 

This type of window is also recommended for homes that are found in tropical or hot areas. Since these windows only use a single glass pane, any heat retention capabilities are non-existent as they are directly in contact with weather elements. 

The use of single glazed windows, however, makes your home vulnerable to security threats. Single glazed windows are easy to break and can shatter on impact, which can be dangerous for your household in the long run.

Another downside of single glazed windows is their lack of insulation. This type of windows cannot provide you any type of insulation that can keep your home temperature regulated. Without a strong climate control system, you can experience hotness or coldness alongside your environment. 

Single glazed windows cannot also protect your home from noise. Any noise generated outside or inside your home can easily penetrate the windows, which can be difficult and irritating for some household members or even for your neighbours. 

Double Glazed Windows

Double glazed windows, on the other hand, are comprised of two glass panes. The space between these glass panes can be filled with either inert gas or a tight vacuum. This specific space can readily provide you effective insulation, keeping the outside weather elements away from your interior environment and temperature. Any drastic changes outside your home will not be experienced inside your home. 

Another great thing about these windows is they are energy efficient. Since they readily insulate outdoor elements, your climate control system can easily maintain the temperature of your home. With these windows, the energy required to maintain your home temperature will be down to a minimum level, helping you save electricity and maintenance costs.  

Any signs of condensation and noise penetration will also be reduced to a significant amount. The insulation layer between the glass panes of double glazed windows can simultaneously prevent condensation from developing and any noise from entering your home. 

Altogether, the use of two glass panes helps you maintain safety and security within your home premises. While they may look like single glazed windows from the outside, double glazed windows are harder to break and can handle a higher amount of impact, preventing any burglars from barging into your home. 

The only downside of double glazed windows is their whole installation and maintenance costs. Their overall features make them more expensive than single glazed windows. Even their repairs and maintenance can be costly since they need to be replaced entirely if the windows become damaged. Even if the damage only exists on one of the panes, you still need to replace everything.

Knowing the differences between single glazed windows and double glazed windows can help you assess which one of them suits your home the best. For window installation needs, feel free to contact us at Quick Fit Glass. We have over 35 years of extensive experience in the glass industry and in that time have become specialists in glass replacement for domestic, commercial, and industrial glazing.

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