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Double glazing in Canberra?

By Deref - 18 September 2011 36

I’m thinking about retrofitting double glazing.

Does anyone have any experience or recommendations?

Thanks!

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36 Responses to
Double glazing in Canberra?
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Deref 8:57 am
19 Sep 11
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Excellent food for thought, all – thanks very much!

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Deref 9:08 am
19 Sep 11
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Hosinator said :

We have magnetite windows and they have worked exceptionally well, both in keeping heat in and noise out.

I hadn’t heard of magentite windows, but a little googling has really got me intrigued. Who did you get to do them, Hosinator?

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dungfungus 9:28 am
19 Sep 11
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Double glazing is outrageously expensive and then window treatments have to be purchased (also expensive – existing windows have to be removed). The measuring has to be exact and there are usually a lot of hassles.
A good compromise is to keep the existing windows and have plantation shutters fitted. These are really good insulators and they have infinite setting combinations and provide 100% privacy when required. Also keep out noise very effectively.
Would recommend Apollo to supply and fit – very competitive and fitting is excellent – they can be fitted to an average size house in 1 – 2 days.
The price is less than half of double glazing and they obviate the extra costs of curtains/blinds. They look good without be a passing fashion item.

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Hosinator 10:15 am
19 Sep 11
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Deref,

Magnetite does the measurement, quote and installation themselves, just contact them directly. We have an old 70’s home and the heat loss through our windows was incredible. You would be sitting next to a closed window and feel a breeze coming through.
The magnetite windows are installed in such a way as to leave a gap between your existing windows, thus eliminating the transfer of cold between the frames. In addition the acrylic ‘glass’ does not transfer any cold and the magnetic seals prevent any loss of warm air or infiltration of cold air.
After having travelled extensively in Europe during their winter a few years ago, I can comfortably say that the magnetite performs just as well as a proper European double glazed window does, if not better.

We paid $6500 for 11 magnetite windows (3 of them being floor to ceiling windows), whilst the average double glazed window quotes were $20,500.

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Deref 10:20 am
19 Sep 11
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Got Magnetite coming out to give us a quote on Saturday. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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dtc 10:34 am
19 Sep 11
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Has anyone used those honeycomb blinds – have they worked better than, say, heavy drapes as window coverings?

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The_Bulldog 10:59 am
19 Sep 11
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I installed the honeycomb blinds a few years ago and I’ve been really happy with them. I would suggest they’re as effective as heavy curtains. On the plus side they make a room look much larger and retract to give you full windows and views. I also had some exterior blinds installed which have combined for great effect – although no benefits as far as noise reduction.

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Gungahlin Al 12:22 pm
19 Sep 11
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The_Bulldog said :

I installed the honeycomb blinds a few years ago and I’ve been really happy with them. I would suggest they’re as effective as heavy curtains. On the plus side they make a room look much larger and retract to give you full windows and views. I also had some exterior blinds installed which have combined for great effect – although no benefits as far as noise reduction.

Ditto.
And there are double honeycomb ones available now.

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dtc 3:13 pm
19 Sep 11
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Thanks Bulldog and G Al

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steveu 6:02 pm
19 Sep 11
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have a think about getting a HEAT assessment on the house done first – cost is $30 though I believe you can get up to $500 back on up to $2000 of expenditure for items in their recommendations list. A very thorough audit (much better than the one for green loans IMHO).

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GardeningGirl 7:04 pm
19 Sep 11
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Noting all of this. (Especially re Stegbar. We were going to get a quote from them as the existing windows are Stegbar and although many of the windows needed parts replaced as soon as we moved in that was no worse than the previous house with a different brand where many of the windows also needed replacements/adjustments as soon as we moved in, so we had thought perhaps that’s standard for the industry.)

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banjo 11:16 am
20 Sep 11
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Not wanting to high jack the thread but it is inline with the topic, has anyone had any experience with the roller shutters for their windows? I know they introduce a security element not found in double glazing but are they any better at noise reduction and insulation over a form of double glazing? I to am considering my options for the windows but my number 1 concern is noise as I live on a main road, insulation second, security not so much… especialy if that is what I am really paying for.

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Innovation 12:07 pm
20 Sep 11
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banjo said :

Not wanting to high jack the thread but it is inline with the topic, has anyone had any experience with the roller shutters for their windows? I know they introduce a security element not found in double glazing but are they any better at noise reduction and insulation over a form of double glazing? I to am considering my options for the windows but my number 1 concern is noise as I live on a main road, insulation second, security not so much… especialy if that is what I am really paying for.

Actually, I think double glazing does add a security element – although obviously not as perhaps as shutters. From memory, it is much harder to smash insulated glazing units than single glazing. I haven’t looked but I think there might even be some tests on the net that prove this.

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Hosinator 1:22 pm
20 Sep 11
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banjo said :

Not wanting to high jack the thread but it is inline with the topic, has anyone had any experience with the roller shutters for their windows? I know they introduce a security element not found in double glazing but are they any better at noise reduction and insulation over a form of double glazing? I to am considering my options for the windows but my number 1 concern is noise as I live on a main road, insulation second, security not so much… especialy if that is what I am really paying for.

Banjo, our secondary glazing cuts down the noise quite considerably. Also consider planting densely packed conifers or Super Hedge (you can buy them at Bunnings) along the side of your house where the main road runs, that will serve to deflect the noise as well.

Generally conifers are slow growing, but you can get some varieties that grow quickly. Conifers tend to be the best for deflecting noise as they have very dense foliage.
Unless you have the money to buy more mature ones straight up.

With regards to the shutters, I have heard that they do cut down noise, but then again any barrier between you and the noise will deflect sound.

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emj 1:41 pm
20 Sep 11
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Deref said :

Got Magnetite coming out to give us a quote on Saturday. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Thanks Deref, Please do. I have heard many great things about magnetite and have been meaning to call them myself. My neighbours have gotten it on their lounge room, sliding door and main bedroom for both temperature and noise insulation (we live on a busy road) and they have been really happy with thte results this winter. They did some research on the wers website which rates all windows in Australia for energy efficiency and said that magnetite rated really high. so definitley let us know what you think.

Banjo
I’ve got shutters – but I don’t find they insulate very well against noise.

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