Three ways to insulate your home this winter

Photo credit: Flickr.com - winter cycles
Photo credit: Flickr.com – winter cycles

The UK may be experiencing an unusually warm start to autumn but it is inevitable that the temperatures will tumble in the coming weeks.

Fortunately, the unseasonably hot weather provides the perfect opportunity to install double glazing in your property and ensure it is prepared for the chilly conditions. This Energy Saving Trust table shows up to £175 a year can be saved by replacing single glazed windows with double glazed alternatives, so the benefits extend far beyond making sure you are warm and snug in your home.

Here are three types of home-warming glazing that are perfect for your property:

uPVC double glazing

uPVC, or un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride, is the most common type of double glazing available. The reasons why the material proves so popular includes:

  1. It is the cheapest form of all the double glazing materials on the market today.

  2. uPVC frames are built to last a long time.

  3. The material can be recycled.

  4. uPVC needs very little maintenance — a bit of washing-up liquid and a soft cloth should keep the material in excellent condition.

  5. There are a selection of finishes and colours available in uPVC frames.

Timber double glazing

A fantastic alternative to uPVC is timber double glazing. Like all types of wooden frames, they are very often seen in conservation areas and represent a much greener option for heating up your home.

Timber also has a nice and subtle appearance, though people should take note that the material is usually more expensive than uPVC and requires a higher level of maintenance. However, this investment and effort will result in a double glazed windows that will last for years to come.

Magnetglaze double glazing

If you want the benefits of double glazing in your property but would rather not wait for the installation to be completed for you, Magnetglaze double glazing is a great choice.

Available at The Plastic People, you do not need any tools to fit the materials — a tape measure and some scissors will do the trick. Check out this video by the plastic supplier to see just how easy and how quickly you can have double glazing installed around your property.

 

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