There are several myths that exist when it comes to windows, so Glassplace are here to help you sort the fact from the fiction.
Myth: You need Council or planning permission to replace windows.
Fact: This is not true for most homeowners. Replacement of existing windows and doors (provided the opening size remains the same) does not require a planning permit, unless your home is heritage listed.
Myth: Windows don’t have any effect on energy efficiency.
Fact: Experts estimate that up to 70 percent of energy is lost through windows and doors, and that 90% of this heat loss occurs through the glass.
Myth: Double glazed windows work best.
Fact: This is not true. Double glazed windows can work well in both hot and cold climates, reflecting energy back into the room, however Low-E Glass works very well in our climate. Also known as Pyrolytic, Smart glassTM, or Comfort PlusTM, it works in 3 ways. Firstly it reduces direct heat radiation from the sun, then it reduces the hot and cold energy transfer between the inside, and outside of your window. If you choose the tinted version, (grey or green) then it also cuts down glare. Low-E glass is also cheaper than double glazing.
Myth: Anyone can install windows.
Fact: While technically true, not everyone can install windows correctly. Window installation is an acquired skill, so the more experience an installer has, the better the result will be. Issues that can arise from a poor installation can include leaking, drafts, and difficulty opening and closing. It is always recommended that you utilise the services of a professional window installer. If you are not confident installing windows, or are not sure where to start, we at Glass- place can help to find a licenced professional installer to help with designing and installing your new windows.