This page is here to help you with understanding double glazed units, otherwise known as insulated glazing.
There are lots of different options for double glazing
to choose from depending on the customers requirements.
You will need to inform us the following-
* What thickness unit they require.
* What Spacer Bar they wish to use.
* If the unit is to be Gas Filled
* What type of glass they wish to use (example low e)
Below we will supply some useful instructive advice on how to acquire the above information for your own double glazed unit.
First, some information-
Gas or Air Filled?
A double glazed unit consists of two glass window panes which is separated by a vaccum, either air filled or gas filled. Whats the difference between air filled & gas filled I hear you ask, air filled is the cheaper option, and do provide a certain level of enegry efficiency & noise reduction. But Gas filled is a better investment for long-term energy efficiency & performance.
Spacer bar, otherwise known as a profile; is the continuous hollow frame which separates the two glass panes within a double glazed unit. The bar is bonded to the glass panes via a primary & secondary seal, which inturn creates an airtight cavity which can be filled with air or gas. The spacer bar itself is filled with a desiccant to absorb any residual moisture within the cavity and thus prevent condensation within the double glazed unit.
There are a few spacer bars to choose from, we will start with the most popular, Aluminium. Light but strong their flexibility means they can be formed into a wide variety of shapes and sizes. However, less effective in insulating against heat loss than warm edge spacer bars, these Aluminium spacer bars are the more cost effective of the spacer bars.
Warm edge spacer bar otherwise known as thermal break, reduce the heat loss around the perimeter of a double glazed unit by replacing conventional aluminium with low heat conductive material, further reducing condensation on the room-facing surface of the double glazing window as they transmit less of a temperature difference to the interior plane. Usually made from a fibre-glass reinforced insulation material. An ultra-thin foil lining acts as a barrier to the gas or air trapped within the cavity. These are avaiable in a array of different colours.
Glass used in double glazing windows for thermal insulation is known as Low E, or low-emissivity glass, with a transparent metallic coating that works in two ways to economise heating energy. The dual action coating reflects heat back into the room whilst allowing heat and light from the sun to pass through.
A brief instructional video on how to measure up, for your double glazed unit-
Fitting Your Double Glazed Unit
Replacing a double glazed unit is a simple procedure, here we will look at fitting. There are a few tools you'll need in this process-
• Neutral Cure Silicone • Glazing Blocks • Butyl Strip OR Rubber Strip
The double glazed unit should measure 6mm LESS than the tight size of the aperture.
Firstly presumming you have removed the previous unit and its beading, the inside of the frame should be bedded with glazing blocks (these can be found at any DIY store), the double glazed unit should be then set onto the glazing blocks bedded onto either rubber strip or butyl strip, then seal with Neutral Cure Silicone. Please bear in mind that no other type of silicone should be used as this will affect the seal on the double glazed units, and will void your warranty with the double glazed unit manufacture