Until around five years ago, double glazing was considered a ridiculously expensive luxury in Australia. Times have changed. Like anything, as more manufacturers come on board, the price goes down. It is now possible to buy good quality Australian-made double glazed awning windows for a very reasonable price. Taking the example of a 250 metre square home, it will cost an average of 4000 dollars to upgrade the windows from standard single-glazed sliding aluminium, to double glazed awning aluminium. If you take into consideration that the (highly recommended) upgrade from sliding to awning will already cost 2000 dollars, the true cost is only a couple thousand.
But those Double Glazed Windows cost as much as… as… my Caesar-stone Bench tops! With 90% of customers, the first words on the tip of their tongue are Caesar-stone bench tops. (Caesar-stone has become synonymous with any synthetic stone option). They are currently fashionable, and considered de rigueur for any classy kitchen. However, remember that the cost of these bench tops is typically between 3.5 to 5000 dollars depending on the kitchen. And what does a stone bench top give you, other than a guarantee that if you drop a glass or plate, it will break? One hears many justifications of Caesar-stone: better for rolling out pastry… easier to clean… longer lasting. The fact is; it’s fashionable. Modern laminates, included in the builder’s standard price, are durable, easy to clean, almost impossible to damage… and research reveals they hold their own on the pastry front too. double glazing essex
Double glazed windows will pay for themselves. In just three to five years, the reductions in heating and cooling costs will mean the windows have paid their own way. They reduce heating costs enormously. Everyone needs to put in blinds or curtains to cover windows, to keep out light and heat. If you have double glazed windows, you only need to control light. This also means a much lighter grade of window furnishings; these savings alone could balance out the total cost of your windows.
Double Glazed windows allow you to better utilise your house, where you place furniture or where you sit. You can merrily sit by the window whether the day be cold or hot. Most standard Australian homes have places that are no-go zones, purely because of the heat gain/loss associated with single glazed windows.
So if your budget is such that you think you can’t afford double glazing, at least put them into the living areas. Bedrooms are a night-time experience, and you can insulate yourself with a doona. The exception to this is the master bedroom, because it is often at the front of the house, nearer to street noise.
The acoustic performance of double glazed windows is wildly superior. If you live in a situation where you have traffic, if you’re close to a school or sports area, or car or crowd noise of any kind, (or just noisy neighbours) then the benefits of these upgraded windows are immeasurable. We’re talking a recipe for sanity.