Having double glazed windows has many advantages; it keeps the heat in to reduce your bills and your carbon footprint, and it reduces outside noises to ensure your home is as relaxing and as quiet as possible. As fortune would have it, double glazing is not accessible to all and can be an unfeasible option for a number of reasons. It can be very expensive and to install it through an entire house that can be an extravagance that a lot of people simply can not afford. Other factors include if you live in a listed building, if you're renting a property, if you live in an apartment building, or in some cases you may even need to get planning permission. Essentially there are a number of obstacles that need to, but can not always, be overcome when it comes to this method of saving energy.
Secondary glazing is a solution to the issues that are raised by the prospect of double glazing. Double glazing requires the window currently in place to be removed and replaced with a pre-made frame and window that have to be measured and prepared beforehand. This process can take around six weeks and depending on the amount you are having put in may take several days to install. Secondary glazing on the other hand has a far simpler installation process, and still still does not take nearly as much time. Secondary glazing comes in kits, and while you can hire someone to install it for you, the DIY version can be done with relative ease and on the same day.
Once applied, secondary glazing offers the same level of heat insulation and noise reduction as its counterpart but, unlike double glazing, it can be removed just as easily, which makes cleaning it immeasurably more simple. Being made of plastic, secondary glazing is considerably lighter in terms of weight but retains the same transparent clarity as glass does and also boasts a high damage threshold and can shrg off impact damage that would break a glass alternative. This ensures the materials longevity, making it even more cost-effective than it may originally be perceived as being.
Secondary glazing is a viable alternative to double glazing and it can start saving you money from the second you order it, starting with the money saved from choosing it over double glazing. Having second glazing over single-glazed windows has been shown to reduce household bills by up to £ 470 a year, which is just short of £ 10,000 over 20 years, and placing it over an already double glazed window further enhancements its initial properties.