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Old, cracked, and broken windows should no longer be allowed anywhere in your home if you want to achieve energy efficiency. If you have not replaced your current single glazed windows, then you might want to have them replaced soon.

 

When it comes to replacing your old windows, you have the option of choosing the kind of window material will be used, as well as the type of glass to be installed on your double glazed window. Most of the time, UK residents are picking uPVC window frames because of their durability, resistance to heat, corrosion, and other natural damages. uPVC double glazed windows can be installed with different glasses depending on which suits your family’s needs.

 

To help you pick the right kind of glass for your uPVC double glazed windows, here are three types you should look out for.

 

1.       Safety glass
There are two kinds of safety glass available for you to choose from – the toughened glass and the laminated glass.

 

a. Toughened, also known as tempered glass, is a type of safety glass made through thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Toughened glass has many applications including passenger car windows, shower doors, refrigerator trays, diving masks, as well as architectural glass doors and tables.

b. Laminated glass, on the other hand, is a type of safety glass that holds together even when shattered. A polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer helps keep the shattered pieces together to prevent injury.

 

2.       Low emissivity glass

Low emissivity glass, sometimes referred to as low-e glass, is an energy efficient glass that lets heat and light pass through but will not let heat go out. This is great for homeowners who want to have better efficiency. Installing this kind of glass for your uPVC double glazed windows will reduce heating costs, improve home temperature and comfort.

 

3.       Self-cleaning glass

Self-cleaning glass is highly recommended for windows that are hard to reach. Pilkington Activ is the first self-cleaning glass investment suitable for uPVC double glazed windows. It only needs minimal solar exposure for the self-cleaning glass to break down dirt particles on it. This glass will not have streaks and water marks on it.

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