Frequently Asked Questions
Why Should I Choose Thermawood?
Thermawood Retro-fit creates a unique dry glazing system for double glazing to your existing timber windows and doors in your home.
According to the Department of Building and Housing, in a well-insulated building, windows and other glazed areas are the biggest source of heat loss. The installation of a double glazed unit effectively halves the heat loss when compared to a single-glazed window of a similar shape and size.
Glazing is an important consideration when renovating or building. The correct glazing choice can ensure you are creating a more comfortable, sustainable environment suitable for both hot and cool weather. In some areas of New Zealand, double glazing can be used to meet the new H1 requirements.
Insulation is becoming increasingly important in building and renovation; however heat loss due to inefficient or outdated glazing can mean that your insulation will be ineffective and less cost effective. Different types of glass are required for different environmental conditions. Our Thermawood retrofit system is designed around an already existing and highly effective double glazing solution and guarantees that a range of high tech double glazing units can be installed. The advantages of using an insulating glass unit (IGU) include:
- Warm Edge technology. This means a high tech, innovative spacer system is used which is made from stainless steel and high performing plastic. Benefits of this technology include decreased thermal conductivity and improved insulation efficiency. Overall performance of the IGU is increased because there is a reduction in the onset of condensation towards the outer edge area of the unit.
- Ideal for use in thermally efficient window frames. The Thermawood system maximizes the thermal properties of timber ensuring your window frames become very, very efficient.
- Higher interior glass surface temperatures at the edge area zone.
- Lower risk of edge area condensation forming on the glass.
- Improved heat flow in windows due to a thermal break at the IGU edge.
- Improved overall window U values (or R values).
- Improved efficiency of the building.
- Attractive design.
The Thermawood system utilizes timber due to its associated thermal, acoustic and chemical properties.
- Timber is a natural insulator. The air pockets within its cellular structure ensure that it is a natural barrier to heat and cold. Because thermal conductivity increases in timber, it is a far better insulator than aluminium and this is utilized in the Thermawood retrofit system.
- Timber has an innate ability to damp acoustic vibrations. Again, its cellular structure of tiny, interlocking pores converts sound energy into heat energy through frictional and viscous resistance within these pores and by vibration of their small fibres. This ensures that timber has a higher damping capacity than most other materials.
Double glazing is a highly effective solution when compared to the standard 3mm or 4mm clear glass that most homes currently have. Some of the key benefits of Double Glazing are:
- Increased comfort levels. When combined with insulation in the walls, ceiling and floor; double glazing your windows and doors will ensure temperatures are kept stable and heating and cooling costs are reduced.
- Heat loss is halved with standard double glazing when compared to a single glazed window. This can be further reduced by using other glass types such as low-E glass and using argon gas to fill the space between the two panes of glass.
- Condensation is reduced. Eliminates dew building up on windows and fights mould.
- Reduced noise, standard double glazing can also help reduce noise levels in the medium to high frequency range (such as voices). An even greater degree of noise reduction can be achieved by choosing laminated/acoustic glass. Our most commonly asked questions around noise reduction are listed below:
1. How much can noise be reduced by?
Thermawood retrofit double glazing itself will reduce noise by about 20-25%, but by incorporating laminate glass into retrofit double glazing we can up that rating to about 50-55%. We can go beyond that again with special acoustic glasses.
By reducing noise by 10 decibels, which is easy for Thermawood to do, you actually halve the sound you are hearing.
2. What type of glass is most commonly used to reduce noise?
Standard laminate is used most often as the ratings between standard laminate and acoustic glass isn’t too much. However, the price difference is, with acoustic glasses being much more expensive.
3. Other than double glazing and glass type what else can be done to reduce noise?
Acoustic seals are also used. Anything that opens, Thermawood puts acoustic seals in to further reduce noise and drafts at the same time.
How does double glazing work?
A double-glazed window uses two panes, separated by a 6-12mm gap which is filled with air or an insulating gas such as argon. It is also known as an Insulating Glass Unit (IGU). Different types of glass can be selected that provide additional benefits such as safety , security, noise control and solar control, a key benefit of insulating glass is a reduction in condensation forming on the glass.
Retrofitting double glazing involves the removal of the existing window glass and the replacement with a high performance sealed IGU.
- If timber is used, the window frame is modified in-situ and provided with a unique drainage system and new glazing beads.