Secondary Glazing – The Basics
Variously called Secondary Glazing, Secondary Double Glazing, Secondary Windows, Storm Windows and Internal Double Glazing – these are all just different descriptions for one and the same thing!
Secondary glazing is a slim, completely separate internal window or door, fitted to the inside of the existing window or door.
Our Secondary Glazing system is very discreet – made and fitted to blend in to the existing windows and doors, it is:
- Manufactured from slim extruded aluminium frames
- As standard has a durable white gloss finish & other colours are available
- Glazed with various types of 4, 6 or 6.4mm glass
- Robust & functional, as well as complementary & unobtrusive once installed
- Available in different unit types to match different types of existing windows and doors
- Designed to allow easy access to the existing primary windows for ventilation & cleaning
- Suitable for installation to almost all types of existing windows & doors
- Mainly specified for Heat Insulation, Soundproofing – or a combination of the two
Secondary Windows – Applications & Benefits
Secondary glazing is a versatile product that offers a host of benefits – but that does not make it the best product for every situation or for every customer.
The most common question that people ask is:
- “why secondary glazing, rather than replacement double glazing?”
We reply that:
“if your existing windows are essentially in a good, sound condition – then installing secondary windows will provide you with – excellent energy insulation – and maximum soundproofing – at a greatly reduced cost – when compared to replacement windows.”
Conversely, if your existing windows are so rotten or rusted or broken as to be beyond economical repair, then clearly you are going to have to replace them.
Each situation is different – so each customer must weigh the pros and cons to make their decision.
To aid you in that process, the following are all of the benefits provided by secondary glazing and all of the applications to which it is best suited:
- Thermal Window Insulation – especially of existing windows that do not need replacing
- EPC Compliance – improves a property’s energy efficiency rating
- Noise Insulation – secondary glazing is always more effective than Replacement Double Glazing
- Above First Floor – no need for scaffolding for external access
- Conservation Areas, Listed Properties & Historic or Character Properties – maintains the external appearance
- Flats & Apartments in Blocks – usually have restrictions on changing the windows
- Cost Considerations – much cheaper than replacing windows
- Environmental Impact – produces significantly less carbon dioxide emissions during the manufacturing process than replacement double glazing – extends the life & reduces the carbon footprint of the existing windows – keeps them out of land fill
- Security – is improved by adding a second layer of glass & it can only be opened from inside
- Condensation – is usually eliminated by installing secondary glazing
- Draughts & Dust Ingress – are stopped
Secondary Double Glazing – Product Range
We have a comprehensive range of styles to suit just about any application:
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Our standard frame finish is White, we also stock Brown and we can paint finish to any RAL colour to match or complement your internal colour scheme and decoration.
For Secondary Glazing Sash Windows
If you have ever had a price for replacing sash windows, then you know just how horribly expensive they are.
Additionally, many are in Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Apartment Blocks, where double glazing is prohibited.
We have the solution:
Spiral Balanced Vertically Sliding Secondary Windows
Due to the characteristics of the existing primary sash window, the Balanced Vertical Slider is the most complex type of secondary glazing system.
The Spiral Balance System
The spiral balance system allows the secondary glazing to mirror the normal up and down movements of a traditional sash window – including leaving it in the open position for ventilation.
Additionally, if the gap between the secondary and the existing sash window is too small for easy cleaning access, then the secondary sashes can be fitted with our Easy-Clean ® Mechanism so that you can safely release them and tilt them through 180 degrees into the room for cleaning the other side of the glass.
This can be particularly useful for windows above the first floor, above conservatories and above single-story extensions and any other areas where external access is difficult.
How it works
The individually pre-tensioned spiral spring balances control the vertical motion of the sashes, enabling easy fingertip positioning and repositioning.
The design provides ease of movement and has been specifically developed to withstand decades of wear and tear.
For Heritage Windows & Listed Building Double Glazing
If you have a heritage property and/or do not have permission to change the existing windows, then secondary glazing is the best way to improve the property’s energy efficiency and soundproofing whilst still retaining your home’s character and authenticity.
We are fully experienced in installing secondary glazing to Heritage, Listed, Conservation and Character properties.
The Benefits of Secondary Glazing for Historic & Listed Buildings
- Secondary Glazing does not alter the external façade
- Accepted by & specified by Planning & Conservation Officers
- An economic solution
- Protects the value of the property
- Colour matching to any RAL Colour
- In most instances does not require planning permission
In the majority of cases the installation of secondary double glazing will result in the total elimination of condensation.
In most instances, condensation is caused by how we live and how we ventilate our living space
A tightly sealed house or flat, where a lot of water vapour is produced that cannot escape via good ventilation, will inevitably result in the inside air becoming saturated to the point that the excess water vapour starts to condense onto colder non-porous surfaces – glass, mirrors, window frames, gloss paintwork, etc.
This is known as the “Dew Point” – the point at which the air cannot hold any more water – naturally the air circulates in a room and as it passes cooler surfaces such as windows, it cools and releases moisture in the form of condensation onto those cooler surfaces.
The Primary Causes of Condensation
The figures quoted are the daily averages for a family of four:
- Breathing – adds nearly 10 pints of moisture to the air every day!
- Cooking – adds over 5 pints per day
- Baths & Showers – add nearly 2 pints each day
- Washing & Drying Clothes – adds more than 9 pints per day
- Heating – especially flue-less gas heaters – in fact every carbon fuel produces some amount of water when used
Aids to Eliminating Condensation
- Install secondary glazing
- Ensure sufficient ventilation – without it, the moisture can’t get out!
- open chimney flue dampers or vents
- vent all gas burners
- fit extractor fans in kitchens & bathrooms
- air the house daily for just a few minutes by opening windows & doors
- shut kitchen, bathroom & laundry doors during use – then open the window for a few minutes afterwards
- Consider using a dehumidifier
We install to all types of properties throughout London including the City and in the Home Counties
We install for:
- Letting Agents
- Property Maintenance & Management Companies
- Churches, Village Halls, Mosques & Temples
- Hotels & Motels
- Schools & Universities
- Dance & Recording Studios
- Historic, Listed & Conservation Buildings
- Care & Rest Homes & Hospices
- Pubs & Clubs
- Museums & Galleries
We supply only to:
- Professional Installers, Builders Carpenters
Our products are not “DIY Kit” type products and require a professional installation.
Aluminium alloys are extruded from 6063T6 alloy in accordance with BS1474
Assembly & Site Fixings
Dependent upon the type of secondary glazing unit, a combination of concealed aluminium cleats, BZP & stainless-steel screws
Sub-Frames are manufactured from sustainable, seasoned timber
Finishing Trims are manufactured from timber or uPVC, according to the application & internal décor
All aluminium sections are polyester powder coated in a white high gloss finish, produced in accordance with BS6496.
Stock finishes are held in White & Brown
Any Other RAL colour is available upon request
Weather piles are Polypropylene Draught Strips to BS7386.
All gaskets are black rubber extruded to BS2782
A combination of decorator’s caulk permanently flexible bedding compound & colour matched silicone sealant
Coupling & Stacking of Secondary Glazed Units
All products can be coupled or stacked with other products in our range using matching interlocks & couplers
All secondary glazing is glazed in accordance with Building & Safety Regulations
Opening & Sliding Units
Use rollers, glides, hinges or spiral balances
Every product and installation is Fully Guaranteed for 10 Years GUARANTEE