Double glazed windows have long been popular, but increasingly people are taking an interest in double glazing in their doors. To help you decide on uPVC front doors, here are some of the pros and cons.
Energy efficiency and temperature
Double glazing is effectively two layers of glass sealed together. The layer of gas formed between the two layers has the effect of stopping anything from getting through. This is most useful in insulation and keeping your temperature even. When it is cold outside, this layer stops the cold air getting in and keeps the warm air in. The metallic layer of double glazed doors will also regulate the amount of sunlight so actually keeps your home a little cooler in the summer too. With you conserving heat you will save a substantial amount on your heating bill.
This layer of gas doesn’t just keep out the cold, it keeps out sound too. This cuts down a lot of outside noise, ideal if you live in a noisy neighbourhood. It also works both ways; you can have you music on a little louder without having to worry so much about your neighbours.
Standing up to the Weather
UPVC is one of the most common materials for double glazed doors and is one of the most durable materials on the market. No fading or warping in the sun and it won’t rust in the rain. Considering that you door is going to see quite a bit of rain (and hopefully sun) during its lifetime this is pretty important. As well as the door material, the actual double glazing is more weather resistant that single glazed glass.
With double glazed doors you are given the option of additional UV protection. This will be particularly valuable for doors that are in an area where you experience a lot of natural sunlight. This will help regulating temperature as well as reflecting harmful rays.
Although generally a great idea there are some cons to think about.
The look of more standard UPVC double glazed doors may not be a natural fit for some older buildings. This is a concern to manufacturers too, who are continuing to release more doors that mimic more traditional styles.
Double glazing is more expensive than single. Be sure you check the terms and conditions of warranty when you buy your door to make sure you are getting the right quality for the price.
So many more positives than negatives, if you are willing to spend a little more you can definitely get doors that will blend with your home. You will spend a little more, but are then able to recoup that through energy savings.