It is widely accepted that double glazing is an excellent way you can help reduce your home heating bills. By burning less fuel you will not only save money on the running costs of your home but you will also be lessening the co2 footprint of your property. It could be argued that by installing double glazing you will be doing your bit to help save our planet.
However, as always, there is a flip side, whilst improving the comfort of your home, it's not necessarily the most cost effective way of reducing fuel bills. Secondary double glazing can be created easily and far more cheaply. Why spend thousands on new windows and doors if they are ok and not rotten, when secondary glazing will sit behind your original windows and carries similar benefits too.
The most effective way is to build a wooden frame the size of the inside of your windows, stretch taught some PVC, nail it on and, using a hair dryer, heat it up until the creases come out. No way near as easy as it sounds. There are some pit falls to trying this out but now available in secondary double glazing are sliding panels that still enable you to open your windows.
Made from strong and lightweight aluminum it is very slim and can also be very discreet, English Heritage said it is recommended to the listed property owners club as it is almost unnoticeable from the outside. Windows with vertical bars and multi panes like casement windows can have panels that slide to give access for ventilation and cleaning of the original windows. Windows with horizontal bars such as vertical sliding sash can have fitted on tilt back.
Lift out secondary glazing is for hard to treat areas such as large clear glass, tight spaces or bay windows. Lift out is only recommended when occasional access is required. Bay windows that are not permanently closed can be fitted with a combination unit. The top could be hinged enabling them to be opened and a lift out fitted to the complicated bay style that stays shut. Hinged glazing is also fitted for access to windows that are fire escapes. These windows are also available as a fly screen or have integrated panels which give year round benefits. These are perfect for kitchens; just lift out the glazing used in winter months and insert the screen to keep insects out in the summer.
Whilst DIY is great, you can don't want to get it wrong which is why many people leave installing arched windows, bay windows and more to the professionals. You can find the best company to use by searching online.