There are so many reasons to get double glazing: the improvement in energy efficiency, the better looking home, the lowered maintenance and improved home value. But some homeowners are still a little reluctant to take the plunge and invest in double glazing perhaps because of the myths that they may have heard. If you have been put off buying double glazing, take a look at the following and see if we can put your mind at rest.
You need planning permission
The only time you will need to get planning permission for double glazing is if your home is listed or you live in a conservation area. In this case you should speak to planning officers, but an actual planning application may still not be necessary. You should also speak to the leaseholder if you live in a flat.
White UPVC windows go yellow eventually
The new style of UPVC windows use much better technology than the older ones and therefore are designed to retain their colour. This high quality material will stay white (as long as you keep them clean!)
Double glazed windows are more easily broken into
Some double glazed units are built with the beading on the outside allowing would-be burglars to pop out the window and enter your home. All you need to do to avoid this is to choose windows that have indoor beading. Most modern windows are built this way now.
Secondary glazing is just as good
Studies have shown that secondary glazing is not as efficient as double glazing. It will work to keep your home warmer but is prone to condensation and other issues.
It is impossible to find decent double glazed sash windows
These days there are specialist manufacturers who are making excellent double glazed sash window units. These look almost the same as the real thing and will allow you to keep your Victorian or Georgian home toasty warm. You may pay a little more, but they are worth it.
Double glazing windows will just condensate
You can expect to get condensation on most windows in the winter time but with double glazed units there is often a trickle vent included and this allows a small amount of air to enter reducing condensation to almost none. You may eventually find condensation inside the window between the panes. This is easily fixed by replacing the window pane. This only happens after many years.
As you can see there are a number of misconceptions going around when it comes to double glazing. But most of them really are nothing to worry about. If you have any further concerns just talk to a double glazing expert and they will be able to set you straight.