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How Double Glazing Can Help Soundproof Your Home (Infographic)

28Feb

When soundproofing a house, sometimes various measures are taken into effect, such as buying soundproofing curtains or padded carpeting, installing acoustic tiles and drop-ceiling systems, or even piling up thick furniture against the windows to let them absorb the sound waves instead. And these all require some effort and a lot of planning, especially with interior decorating-conscious people.

The easiest way, however, to soundproof a home is by turning your attention to one of the main sources: your windows. No matter how much you try to soundproof your home, if you do not pay attention to the windows – where a lot of noise can come through, then you are only doing half of the work needed.

Here are some ways windows can soundproof your home windows:

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3 Ways You Can Soundproof a Window (Infographic)

15Feb

Noise pollution is rampant in today’s world. Whether they are from the regular traffic, neighborhood noise, trains, aircraft, machinery, or other outside noise, they may be highly unwanted indoors, and as such, becomes a nuisance towards everyday lives.

One of the ways to counteract this is by soundproofing areas where sound passes through – and that includes windows. This way, noise can be reduced as they pass through this area, which brings a more comfortable acoustic experience indoors. They can also be used to keep noise within the premises, and thus not adding to the acoustic chaos outside.

While there might be ways to soundproof a window using various methods such as thick furniture or curtains, sometimes they cannot be applicable for the type of establishment. Here are ways you can soundproof the windows themselves:

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The Top 7 Benefits of Retrofit Double Glazing

02Jun

When you have existing timber windows and think the only way to have better insulation is to replace your windows there is another option.

Thermawood have developed and patented a unique dry glazing system to retro fit double glazing and draft seals into your existing timber windows. This will allow you to retain the Character of your home, be energy efficient & reduce noise.

Please see the infographic below for more info.

The Top 7 Benefits of Retrofit Double Glazing

Our Most Asked Questions (Part 2) – Infographic

03Feb

Whether you are extending, building, or renovating a home, it pays to educate yourself on what choices are available for you when it comes to windows and doors.

In the first part this two-part FAQ series, we covered details regarding installation and the ThermaWood system. In the following infographic, you can check out the most frequently asked questions regarding double glazed windows, leadlights, and window repair and maintenance.

If you need further details or want to learn more, visit our main website where you can find articles, videos, presentations, product descriptions, and infographics that offer a more in-depth information about windows, double glazing, and ThermaWood’s products.

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Our Most Asked Questions (Part 1) – Infographic

01Feb

Are you looking at renovating your home or planning on building a new one? Either way, this can be an exciting time for you.

But, don’t get ahead of yourself. When it comes to home improvements or construction it always pays to do a bit of research beforehand, particularly if your project involves windows and doors because, unlike wall papers or carpeting, they are not going to be an easy fix if you get them wrong.

Take some time to read the details below. The following infographic reveals the answers to all your burning questions about window installation, from draft seals and installation prices to retro fitting and the ThermaWood system.

Need further information? Read the second part of the series or visit ThermaWood’s website for more infographics, videos, presentations, definitions, and articles.

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Use Double Glazing to Reduce Noise

23Dec

Today’s modern and mechanised world is so full of noise that many of us wish we could have a moment of silence even just for a couple of hours.

More than ever, we hope to build a refuge–a haven, so to speak–where we can unwind and escape from the stresses and pressures of everyday life in peace. However, the overwhelming array of noise sources everywhere we go makes that dream quite impossible to achieve.

But don’t lose hope just yet!

While we can’t completely silence outside noises, there is a way to manage and prevent them from interfering with our lives without needing to go off the grid.

Double Glazing as an Acoustic Insulation

Windows are great conductors of noise. So if you want a serene and peaceful home living, you have to start dealing with home improvements.

Standard, single glazed windows won’t stop outside noises from entering your home, but double glazed units will. Beyond ceasing heat transfer, studies reveal that retrofitting double glazed units into existing windows using the Thermawood system can make a home 25 percent to 50 percent quieter.

How exactly does double glazing work?

With a purpose of ensuring that no sound from the outside world will penetrate your home, double glazed windows were designed with secure fittings and laminated glass panes to prevent reverberations and gaps in the frames.

Unlike single glazed windows, a double glazed window has two panes of thick glass that are separated by a gas or air pocket. The gap and two glass sheet combo helps reduce the amount of noise that seeps into a home. Simply put, the thicker the glass and the greater the gap, the more efficient is the window at insulating acoustics.

Is there any other option?

Well, there is. If you are on a shoestring budget, secondary glazing may fit the bill. Secondary glazing is the process of fitting another window frame into your original frame design, creating an added noise barrier.

Keep in mind, though, that this alternative may not be as effective as double glazing to reduce the heinous noise pollution that’s keeping you awake at night. Double glazed windows are costly for a good reason: they are tailor made and, therefore, will provide the best acoustic insulation possible.

Besides, double glazing does more than just insulate outside noise or eliminate thermal issues. They also add value to a home as they are far more elegant-looking than secondary glazing units. They can also solve your home’s problem with condensation and mold, as well as help minimise your carbon footprint and reduce energy costs.

In short, if you are seeking a total and holistic solution to noise pollution and have the budget for it, then use double glazing. Properly designed and installed, retro fit double glazed windows can certainly provide more than an excellent soundproofing solution for your home.

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Why IGUs Fail

16Dec

You’ve had your insulating glazing (IG) units for years. Recently, however, you noticed that they are fairly clouded most of the time. Now, you’re wondering why they are misted up when these units are supposed to prevent this very dilemma.

Here’s the thing: Like any kind of window, IG units get old. And when they get old, their seals become fragile, resulting in failure.

What exactly causes IG units to fail?

Typically, an IG unit is formed from two glass panels that are separated by an air or gas pocket. This creates an insulating barrier that prevents it from misting up. It is only when the unit’s seal is broken that condensation gets in between the sheets of glass, resulting in a misted window.

There are a number of reasons why the seal breaks (or fails as it is known in the glass industry). Generally, though, it is mainly due to the following factors:

As mentioned, it could simply mean that your IG unit have been serving you for too long and, therefore, need a replacement. Over time, these glazing units, lose air or gas, which leaves the space between the panes at a negative pressure. This leads to increased heat transfer, further leading to condensation. This kind of failure is normal.

What isn’t, however, is when the unit fails too soon because of poor fitting and installation. Make sure to hire only the experienced and insured installer so you are assured that your new insulating glazing units won’t be easily compromised.

What you use to clean the IG units may also cause damage to the seal. When used frequently, certain chemical cleaning materials can weaken the seal over time, so make sure to ask the manufacturer or your supplier what cleaning material you can use.

Another reason why IGUs fail may have something to do with blocked drainage. To put it simply, if the window’s drainage is blocked, it causes dirt and water build up, potentially leading to a broken seal and fogged-up glass panes.

Is replacing the IGU the only way to remedy the issue?

If the unit suffers from condensation and misting on the inside, then you really have to replace it to maintain an energy-efficient home.

Sure, there are quick fixes on the market and you can always consider repairing the unit yourself. But then again, none of these efforts will matter if the seal is already broken. If you purchase replacement IGUs from a reputable company, you should be able to get a guarantee of workmanship. So if they do break again within the span of the warranty, you can have it replaced for free.

While there may be no other choice but to replace your IGUs when the seal fails, there sure is a way for their replacements to not suffer the same fate in the near future: keep them dry. Remember, IGUs loathe sitting in water. So before you conclude that your IGU’s seal is the problem, make sure you’ve looked at the unit’s drainage section.

If you have any more concerns about IGUs, leave a comment or shoot us a message. We’ll be glad to answer your questions..

8 Ways to Avoid an IGU Failure (Infographic)

08Dec

Prolonged exposure to water or saturated water vapour in a glazing channel = FAIL

Imagine this:
It’s been just a few short years since you had double glazing put in when the owner suddenly notices a clouded effect in between the glass of the double glazed unit. Worse yet, you don’t discover the mould that has developed until much later. Imagine his angst, knowing that the problem is going to cost him a bundle in repairs and untold headaches in trying to get the responsible party to step forward.

It will, inevitably, leave a bad taste in the mouths of everybody involved, from the very frustrated owner to the contract the installer of the IGU’S. Nobody wins. But there is help, check out the infographic below for more!

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