Energy Saving doors are very important as part of your carbon footprint these days. You can lose up to 20% of your home’s heat through single glazed windows, and with doors having a larger surface area chances are single glazed French doors can lose even more of your homes heat. This means in the winter months you might need to turn your heating up more to compensate for the lost heat if you don’t have double glazing. The Energy Saving Trust estimate that you can save £165 a year replacing single glazed windows with B-rating to double glazing. If this is what you save with smaller windows, imagine how much you could save replacing your larger French doors.
Windows and doors account for a huge portion of heat loss so to save money on your energy bills it is worth investing in double glazed French doors. This can reduce heat loss through the doors and resolve issues of potential draughts which can be caused by single glazing. The initial cost of double glazing – especially if you go for uPVC frames – can be expensive to begin with but you’ll save money on heating across the time you’re living in the property. If you opt for uPVC you can be assured that you don’t need to paint the window frames which can reduce maintenance costs.
How does double glazing work?
Double glazing works by having two panes of glass which are a few millimeters apart and works best when there is a vacuum between the panes, although some manufacturers use a special gas instead. The larger the gap between the panes the more you are protected against external noise for example if you live near an airport or nosy road this might be beneficial. Some suppliers even offer triple glazing.
Replacement French Doors
By replacing your French doors with double glazed panes you can reduce condensation which may appear as there are two panes of glass for any dampness to get through. This can be hugely beneficial if you live in raining areas or are in a low lying property.
If your French doors are already double glazed then you can draught proof them to ensure even less heat loss by sealing them better and using brush draft excluders which can keep even more heat inside. On your front door you can even draught proof the letterbox so heat isn’t lost through here. Good quality French doors are likely to come with everything well sealed and draught proofed but little things like putting up curtains and drawing them at night can make even more of a difference when it comes to keeping in heat.
Like most things, how much you pay for French doors affects the quality and for long lasting, heat saving French doors you will want quality double glazed versions. They’re likely to have thicker, sturdier frames and last longer than cheaper, lower quality alternatives. See how much you could save with an instant price for your replacement French Doors online.