The specific performance of secondary glazing is subjective as there are many variables, so the laboratory tests and certifications can only be treated as a guide of what the system are capable of. The condition, size and type of primary window, plus its elevation in relation to its position against the elements, will all impact on the final performance achieved. Other weak spots within the room or building will all factor making it impossible to predict a specific outcome for a specific window. However, it is proven by our own formally certified tests and those carried out by English Heritage, Historic Scotland and Glasgow University that the Insulation performance will be enhanced between 50% & 70%.
- Glass thickness has little or no influence on the thermal performance, thicker glass would only benefit sound-proofing applications.
- The thermal performance can be enhanced using a Low-E coated glass, you can research this via the likes of Pilkington Glass or Saint Gobain.
The thermal performance of a window is calculated as a U-Value, the formula W/m2K.
There is a recognised industry standard that quotes “a single glazed timber window 1.8m2 this has a U-Value of 5.8 W/m2K” the larger the u-value number the lower the performance.
It is a legal UK requirement that a new build property or replacement double glazed primary window must have a U-value of below 2 W/m2K.
Whilst there isn’t a legal performance criteria for secondary glazing. the potential performance to expect would be:
- Untreated single glazed window U-Value between 5.5 & 6.0 W/m2K
- Window treated with Secondary Glazing with 4mm toughened standard glass U-value between 2.5 & 3 W/m2K
- Window treated with Secondary Glazing with 4mm Low-E toughened glass U-value between 1.5 & 2.0 W/m2K