Different Types of Available Double Glazing

Different Types of Double Glazing

It would be easy to assume that all double glazing is the same. But in fact the term 'double glazing' is often used as a 'catch all' term. In fact there are several types of glazing you can have, depending on your needs and requirements. Most people are aware that double glazing gives you two panes of glass to limit the noise and cold from the exterior of a property. Below are some other alternatives to double glazing.

Primary and secondary glazing

Primary glazing refers to a window which has a single pane of glass in it. This is the main glazing installed in many older homes. It can also be seen in homes which have yet to be updated to double glazing and also those that are listed. Some conservation areas may also limit homeowners to primary glazing.

Secondary glazing provides a way of enhancing the quality of primary windows. For example it will reduce the cold felt from the windows and also reduce the amount of noise heard through the glass. It acts in much the same way as double glazing, providing an air pocket between the two sheets of glass. In addition to this it does not damage or alter the original primary glazing, and thus is an ideal solution for people in period homes or listed properties.

Triple glazing

This is the next step up from double glazing. As the name suggests it is comprised of three panes of glass instead of two panes, as is common with double glazing.

It is fairly unusual to see triple glazed windows in the UK at the moment. Since it offers even more protection against the elements it tends to be more prevalent in countries that typically experience harsh and extremely cold winters.

The advantage of triple glazing is that you receive additional warmth and protection from the elements while not experiencing any disadvantages in terms of size and thickness. However as you might expect triple glazing is more expensive than its double glazed counterpart.

Replacement doors and windows

There comes a time when most doors and windows need to be replaced. This is particularly the case with older buildings that still have the original wooden framed windows in single or primary glazing.

Before making a decision as to which type of glazing to use, it is best to consider the age and style of your property. You will no doubt know whether it is listed and whether you have any conservation orders to consider.

In some cases the original windows may be able to be repaired instead of replaced. If this should be the case you can always consider secondary glazing to retain more heat, reduce the sound levels from outside the property and keep the character as well.

Many people will consider replacing their doors at the same time as having windows replaced. These can be part glazed or fully glazed depending on the style chosen and where on the property they are situated. The glass can also be opaque so as not to allow anyone to look in.

As you can see the world of glazing is filled with options and alternatives. Whatever type of property you live in you are sure to find the best solution for your needs and your budget.

To date, we have insured £5,451,952,342 worth of UK home
improvements, thats 1,497,112 jobs!

Our Find A Tradesman directory has helped produce
648,320 consumer reviews and ratings!


Fair Trades is the trading name of Fair Trades Ltd. Fair Trades Ltd is registered in England
Company Number 1813671. Registered Office is Suite 40B, Port of Liverpool Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1BY
General Enquiries: (+44) 0800 131 0123 - Membership Enquiries: 0800 131 0500 - Fax: (+44) 0800 131 0900