Know The Basics About Triple Glazing Before Getting Glazing Quotes

A Brief Guide To Triple Glazing

Despite numerous TV programs like Grand Designs focusing on renovating and building homes in an energy efficient manner, there are still more properties in the UK that have windows with single panes of glass of varying thickness than double glazed units. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that triple glazing has yet to take a hold in either window replacement projects or even in new build developments.

Triple glazing is widely used in countries that have colder climates than the UK like Canada and the Scandinavian countries. However, here in the UK, we do now appear to be seeing more extremes in our weather.

So, it is perhaps a sensible idea to provide a brief overview of triple glazing looking at things like what it actually is, how it works, how it compares with double glazing and the best installer the property owner can contact if they wish to progress their enquiry further if triple glazing is something that seriously interests them.

What Is Triple Glazing?

What is triple glazing?

Triple glazing utilises three sheets of glass in a building's doors, windows and roof lights to help provide improved sound and thermal insulation in comparison with single and double-glazing.

How Does Triple Glazing Work?

How does triple glazing work?

Windows have a variety of uses such as allowing light into a building, enabling the occupant to look out of their home and, at the same time, keeping the inclement weather out. Although this can all be achieved by a window with a single pane of glass, triple glazed units provide the added benefit of providing greater insulation against the loss of heat, keep at bay more of the wind and rain and reduce noise levels from outside the home.

The three panes of glass may be treated with a low-emissivity metallic coating that reflect some of the heat back into the home to increase their energy efficiency and are incorporated within a rigid sealed unit with an air gap between each sheet of glass so, instead of having one air gap in the case of double glazing, there would be two. The gap may be filled with an inert gas such as xenon, krypton or argon to reduce the heat loss even further. The sealed unit is normally constructed of wood or uPVC.

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) provides an energy efficiency rating system for new triple glazed windows with A being the highest rating and G the lowest.

Why Install Triple Glazing Rather Than Double-Glazing?

Why install triple glazing rather than double-glazing?

It is estimated that triple glazing is capable of reducing the loss of heat through windows by as much as a third more than double-glazing plus the sound insulation is better. There is a global focus on creating an environmentally friendly planet and reducing carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency and, therefore, triple glazing helps achieve this even more so than double-glazing.

Selecting The Right Triple Glazing Installer

How to select an installer of triple glazed units?

Within the building trade, there is a lot to be said for personal recommendations when it comes to choosing an installer. However, the installer should have written testimonials from people that you can verify, be accredited and provide written and insured guarantees. The work should be registered through Exova BM TRADA, Certass or FENSA by the installer on behalf of the homeowner.

There is no doubt that the number of triple glazed units being installed in UK homes and commercial premises is going to continue to increase in the future in view of the benefits detailed above as a result of which prices will no doubt become even more competitive.

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