A double glazed window is a type of window that allows for effective insulation in your home. It is made up of two to three windowpanes that have air spaces between them to reduce heat from entering or escaping the premises.
Insulating with double glazed glass has plenty of advantages. For example, you can save on energy costs because less energy is used to heat or cool your home. You can also enjoy increased security due to the multiple panes and tighter sealing of double glazed windows.
The following is an overview of how double glazed windows are installed in your home.
1. Safety Equipment
Before getting started, contractors will ensure that they have the necessary safety equipment to help make the installation nice and smooth. Some handy equipment they use include trestles, a large tarp, measuring tape, hammer, putty knife, elastomeric sealant and gloves.
2. Removal of the old Framework and Glazing
First, the timber and sashes from the current windowpane are removed, and the seam work is cleaned so as to install the new frame. Loose chunks of window glazing compound need to be cleaned, as well as plates from the window hinges. If there are more panes on your window, they will need to be cut out so that a clean, empty window frame remains.
Next, any holes on the frame are filled to ensure that nothing is hanging out, especially pieces of glass.
The new frame assembly must be sealed. This will prevent moisture from building up along the brickwork of the house. Contractors will place the new frame and place packers underneath to level the entire panel. Once the frame is level and plumb, fixing holes will be drilled into the sides of the frame.
When installing the double glazed glass, contractors will typically ensure that the new windows match the old window and the frame. Failure to do so will lead to distortion of the window frame. A shard of the old window will also be taken to match the thickness of the new double glazed panels.
In most cases, double glazed windows will be heavier than your previous windows. As a result, contractors will typically use electrometric sealant as opposed to linseed oil. This is because your windows need a sealant that can withstand the weight of the double glazing.
With a proper installation process, you can enjoy high quality double glazing and all the benefits that come along with it.