Although modern day double glazing was invented in the 1930s, it took a further 30 years before we started putting it into everyday homes. The 1960s saw double glazing become available to us in the UK and since then we’ve been making our homes warmer and warmer.
Although most homes these days have double glazing (some of us are on our third set!) there are still people out there with single pane glazing sitting in damp, rotten frames with mouldy condensation on the inner surface glass. It is astonishing just how much heat is lost through a single window pane. Energy efficiency aside, just think back and try to remember how uncomfortable a cold, damp house was.
As the Romans stomped their way through northern Europe they soon discovered that the sun-kissed lands of the Mediterranean were a luxury they had left far behind. We know how much the Romans loved their baths and even though they continued to build them here in the chilly, rainy UK they soon discovered they were struggling to heat them as effectively as they would in a warmer climate. They were already using window panes in their bathhouses (to let plenty of light in) but this proved to be a massive problem here in Britain. So they invented double glazing and immediately reduced their heating bills at the same time as making their bath houses more comfortable. After we kicked the Romans out, the technology was lost for nearly two thousand years.
Modern double glazing is far smarter than the Roman windows; you can see out of them for starters! Roman glass tended to make stuff look like you’d had ten pints. These days, thanks to the float glass manufacturing technique, windows are perfectly flat so you can see straight through them. Safestyle’s modern Pilkington energiKare™ Glass also reflects heat back into the house. And double glazing now contains a sandwich of Argon gas which slows heat loss compared with ordinary air.
Safestyle Eco Diamond windows are the absolute cutting edge of energy efficiency modern double glazing and the number one choice by our customers. We fitted over a million last year alone. Get a free quote here.