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Why choose double glazing?

In this month’s news piece we explain what double glazing is, how it works, the advantages of having it installed in your home and what types of double glazing are available.

What is double glazing? Double-glazed windows consist of two panes of glass with a layer of air or gas between them. In contrast, single-glazed windows have only one pane and no gap. How does it work? Double glazing works as an insulator in much the same way as a cavity wall. Having two panes of glass doubles the amount of glass that heat has to get through but the main insulating power is from the air gap. It is a poor conductor of heat and therefore keeps warm air trapped inside your home.

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Patio doors: French, bi-fold or sliding?

Homeowners’ increasing desire to create an open plan, light-filled kitchen or living space has redefined the ‘patio door’ from a simple two-door exit to a standout feature that can deliver unobstructed, panoramic views of the garden.

There are three broad types of patio door available today:

  • French doors – traditional double doors which both open outwards.
  • Bi-folding doors – multiple door sections which concertina back to fully open up the doorway.
  • Sliding doors – two or more larger panes of glass which slide sideways to open.
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