Taking Care of Double Glazing

Double glazing is a great investment. The benefits of quality double glazed windows are numerous. Not only does double glazing reduce your carbon footprint, and save you money on heating bills, it also makes your home more comfortable, and has a noise reducing effect.

There are many initiatives promoting double glazed windows. Nottingham council ran a scheme recently where they promoted double glazing, insulation, energy efficient appliances, and other ways of making your home eco friendly. Other councils are doing similar schemes, but what they often forget to mention is how important it is to take good care of your double glazing.

The following tips will help you to make sure that your double glazing lasts long enough to pay for itself many times over.

  1. Keep it clean – vacuum the seals, openings, and frames frequently. This will ensure that dir t does not build up and damage the seals, which can be expensive to fix.
  2. Keep an eye out for damp – if you have wooden frames, this is doubly important. If you spot mould or mildew build up, act immediately. Ventilate the area, and try to find the source of the damp as soon as possible
  3. Clean your windows the traditional way – a sponge and a mild cleaning solution (even just vinegar and water) is a better way to clean windows than a high pressure hose that may damage the seal of the window.
  4. Fix breakages properly – if one of your windows does get broken, don’t be tempted to just slot a new pane in yourself. Get the window replaced professionally so that it is definitely sealed correctly.
  5. Beware of paints – some paints do not get on with the materials used in double glazing seals. If you’re thinking of re-painting your window frames, double check that it’s safe to use that type of paint for that purpose. If there’s any doubt at all, ask a professional.

Double glazing is an investment, and should be treated as such. Double glazing is expensive to install, but it will last for decades if it is looked after carefully. In the rare cases that something does go wrong, it can be tempting to try to fix the problem yourself – especially if it’s just a small pane on your home’s lower level, but it’s worth remembering that double glazing is rather different to standard single pane windows.

Modern double glazing installations often use specially treated glass, and fill the gap between the panes with an inert gas, such as argon. They also use special seals and spacers to make sure that the windows are as energy efficient as possible. If you attempt to fix a double glazing pane yourself, you won’t be able to seal it as well as the original manufacturer did.  It would be a shame to ruin the energy efficiency benefits of double glazing by having one “odd window out” that is a little draughty and lets all the heat out of the house!

This post was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Stormclad the experienced suppliers of windows Nottingham. Crispin is interested in ways to save energy in the home and enjoys writing on this subject.

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