Several myths exist when it comes to windows in homes, and we’re 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 percent of this heat loss occurs through the glass. There are several products and options that can impact positively on the energy efficiency of your home.
Myth: Double-glazed windows work best.
Fact: This is not true. While double-glazed windows can work well in both hot and cold climates, reflecting energy back into the room, Low-E Glass works very well in our climate.
Also known as Pyrolytic, Smart glassTM, or Comfort PlusTM, Low-E glass works in three ways. Firstly, it reduces direct heat radiation from the sun. Secondly, it reduces the hot and cold energy transfer between the inside and outside of your window. Finally, if you choose the tinted version (grey or green), it also cuts down glare. Low-E glass is also cheaper than double-glazing.
Myth: Anyone can install windows.
Fact: While technically this is true, not everyone can install windows correctly. Window installation is an acquired skill, so the more expe- rience 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 use the services of a professional window installer. If you are not confident installing windows, or are not sure where to start, the team here at GlassPlace can help you find a licenced professional installer to help with designing and installing your new windows.