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Double Up the Protection of Your Home Using Double Glazed Windows

Double glazed windows are not just effective in improving the energy efficiency of a home. They can also provide security against different elements.

When it is time to replace old, design-inappropriate or inferior windows, many homeowners often resort to double glazed windows. This is not surprising at all, given that these windows are proven to be energy efficient, helping homeowners significantly cut back their energy costs. Such capability can be attributed to the two layers of glass the windows are fitted with, which are separated by a gap filled with gas or air that acts as a barrier against heat flow.

It should be noted, however, that double glazed windows can do more than just reduce a home’s power consumption. When correctly installed, they can also provide protection against certain elements that many homes are at risk. So if you are looking to have your existing windows replaced, choosing double glazed windows make perfect sense because they can double up the security of your house against the elements outlined below.


For any home, it is crucial for the windows to be able to resist water penetration and its associated damages as well as the impact of strong winds. Unfortunately, homes that are outfitted with single pane windows have not enough power to withstand against such elements.

All too often, the framing of single pane windows is made of wood, which is susceptible to chipping or rotting. As such, when frequently exposed to rain and sun, it warps or becomes brittle, eventually developing cracks and gaps where moisture from wind-driven rain, ice and snow can seep through and where conditioned air can escape. When these things happen, not only is energy wasted, but the moisture that has found its way inside can also lead to other serious issues such as mould growth and wall, ceiling and foundation damage.

In the case of the single glass in the frame, it is not designed to be impact resistant. As such, when there are strong winds, it can be easily cracked or shattered by windborne debris. And this can be especially dangerous for the occupants as the glass shards can cause injuries.

Double glazed windows are designed to address the limits of single paned windows when it comes to weather resistance. Their frames are either made from aluminium or uPVC, which are both tested to resist weather, chemical rotting, abrasion and corrosion. As such, when they are installed, they create a weather tight framing around the windows that cannot be easily penetrated by moisture. Their double glass panes, on the other hand, are made to withstand the impact of strong winds, so there is no need for you to worry about windborne debris from cracking or shattering them.


By now, you are probably aware that the favourite method of access by burglars is the windows. This is because many of them are often screened from public view by high walls, bushes and trees and some of them are positioned in areas away from the home’s outdoor lighting. Once burglars identify the window that will serve as the access route to the house, they will force their way inside either by breaking the glass or removing it from the window. And in many cases, burglars successfully do this is in single paned windows.

For situations where security against burglary or break-ins is strongly desirable, double glazed windows are a good first line of defence that you should consider. Their double panes are toughened, making them difficult to break. Should burglars find a way to break them; the glasses create a lot of noise so they can easily grab your attention or your neighbours. Also, the relative adaptability and workability of double glazed windows make it easier to install security mechanisms like multi-point locks, hinge-side security and double-locking handles, thereby enhancing their performance.


Double glazed windows are also ideal to use if you reside in a busy neighbourhood where noise can be a nuisance. Research has shown that frequent exposure to high levels of noise can cause both physiological and psychological problems among homeowners. In fact, it has been found that high noise levels can lead to intense annoyance and aggression and can also contribute to cardiovascular-related problems.

If noise is a serious problem, double glazing with laminated glass for both panes have an outstanding success rate in reducing or masking noise. A reduced level of as much as 32 decibels can be achieved by using these windows, making your home more peaceful.

Although double glazed windows may cost you more upfront, the protection you and your family will be able to get from them is enough reason to choose them over other window replacements. At the end of the day, they are a worthy investment that will give value to your money in the long run.

Rebecca Messer is an avid writer with a strong interest in writing tips about home improvement. She also contributes content for City Glass UK.