Window Glazing

Known since Roman times, window glazing took many centuries to become widespread and affordable across the UK. Initially, due to the materials it was made from and its manufacturing process, it was very fragile yet had a certain appeal to it due to the visual effects it produced when reflecting sunlight. Today, its quality has improved greatly, leading to the enhancement of ambient comfort as well as efficiency in terms of heat retention.

Single glazing is the most common type used at the moment as it is less expensive and still very efficient. There are many options available as to the thickness and quality of the glass, as well as insulation methods to provide better sheltering from the outdoor environment.

Insulated glazing, also known as double glazing, consists of two (or more, but usually two) glass panes separated by a space containing certain gasses which constitute an effective barrier against heat loss or heat infiltration. Another advantage is the considerable noise and draught reduction. Double glazing is an excellent choice; however it is quite costly at the moment. For those who can afford it, it is worth knowing that double glazing can be fitted to old window frames in order to avoid replacing the windows entirely.

In addition to other classifications, windows are also differentiated by the number of glass panes they comprise - single-paned windows are the most prevalent nowadays, whereas those encompassing two, four, eight or as many as twelve panes each, separated by glazing bars, are representative of past centuries.

A very special element in window manufacturing is stained glass, which has declined in terms of prevalence in normal homes yet remains very appealing though its highly aesthetic nature. Stained glass windows can be antique, reconditioned or newly manufactured. The latter category can emulate an older architectural style.