The Best Double Glazing Companies in Canberra

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Monaro Windows, one of Canberra’s highest rated Double Glazing Companies. Photo: File.

Canberra is known for freezing cold winters and stifling hot summers, making heating and cooling your home a challenge. Double glazing is one way to keep you comfortable, be energy efficient and save money on energy bills.

Double glazing has other advantages too, including reducing condensation and noise pollution. It’s also more secure. And these days, double glazing is more affordable than ever.

If you’re looking to build new or upgrade your existing property, you’ll want to choose a double-glazing company that is professional, efficient and economical.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a double-glazing installer, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great double glazing company?

Choosing the right double glazing company can take the worry out of making the wrong choice on product and installation method.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a double glazing company.

  • Quality products. If you want your double glazing investment to make a real difference, you’ll want to buy top-quality products. With so many types of products on the market, it’s best to research options and discuss offerings with each double glazing company.
  • Proven track record. You’ll want to check how long the double glazing company has been in business and what their track record is. Head to their website and check out their reputation online.
  • Expert staff. The best glaziers are experts in their field. They know the ins and outs of double glazing, so you’ll want to take advantage of their knowledge to tailor a temperature control solution that works for you.
  • Competitively priced. No one likes to over-pay. When selecting a double-glazing company, check their pricing against others in the market.
  • Guarantee. Make sure your double-glazed windows, and installation service, are guaranteed. This will protect your investment. Check the company’s website for details of their guarantee promise and/or talk to installers.

The best double glazing companies in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Monaro Windows

Monaro Windows

Monaro Windows is all about high-performance, energy efficient windows and doors for residential and commercial properties. A local, family owned business, Monaro Windows has been manufacturing premium quality aluminium windows and doors in Canberra since 1988. Their products not only enhance energy efficiency, they add privacy, reduce noise, add protection and visual appeal.

High-performance, architecturally designed aluminium doors and window from the Vantage, Elevate and ThermalHEART ranges provide innovative performance and outstanding results. Monaro Windows also sells high performing uPVC windo designs from Kommerling that are beautiful, durable and easy to maintain.

Monaro Windows offers doors for all styles and tastes, each providing a quality ‘first impression’, including dramatic aesthetic effects. The company’s range of windows includes bi-fold, sliding, louvre, sashless, double hung, awing and casement. They can withstand harsh weather and remain stain-free even during violent storms.

Windows and doors come in a wide range of standard styles and colours. Monaro Windows can also customise products.

Monaro Windows has two showroom locations—Queanbeyan and Mitchell.

As Jodie Arrow wrote on Google, “We had our old windows updated with some slick looking double glazed widows, great service at a good price …”

7/42 Stephens Road
Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Magnetite Double Glazing

Magnetite Double Glazing retrofit products are built for the Australian environment. Residential services include assessing, designing and delivering tailored double-glazing services to upgrade the performance of existing window and doors, using a unique, award-winning system.

Iain Fyfe wrote on Google, “Magnetite is helpful and knowledgeable about their product and window insulation …  Our house has a lot of windows, recycled heritage as well as contemporary, and a great solution was installed in all cases at reasonable cost.”

Solace Creations Double Glazing

Since 2006, Solace Creations Double Glazing has been making Canberra’s homes more comfortable, providing advice on the best window types and styles. The company installs new windows and replaces windows with high-quality and dynamic UPVC brands.

On Google, Amy McGinn wrote, “Solace you exceeded our expectations. The quality of glass, frames and the product as a whole is a 10 out of 10. We literally can’t wait to do the rest of our house.”

Justrite Double Glazed Windows and Doors

With Justrite Double Glazed Windows and Doors, customers cut down on energy bills, outside noise and draughts and increase comfort levels in the homes. Services include retrofit double glazing, secondary glazing, replacement double glazing and new double-glazed windows. Justrite has been in business since 1977.

On Google, Donna Hooper wrote, “Last year we got a few double-glazed windows from Justrite and this year we decided to get another few done. Overall experience again was phenomenal.”

Architect Windows

Architect Windows is a leader in double-glazed, high-performance windows, installed by professional and experienced tradespeople. The company has specialised in new builds and retrofitting with energy efficient windows since 2010. Architect Windows also custom designs windows.

Cheryl Bason wrote on Google, “The end-to-end service from Architect windows was very professional and the installation process and workmanship excellent.”

If you’re looking for more information on double glazing, you might like our article on the best glaziers in Canberra. If you’re upgrading your home, you might like our articles on the best builders and renovators and the best painters Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with double glazing companies in Canberra

Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the double glazing companies listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for in double-glazed windows?
As a minimum, you should look for the energy ratings of the windows, product guarantees, the quality of the double glazing itself and the quality of the window frames.
How much do double glazed windows cost?
This depends on factors such as the type and quality of window you buy, the number of windows you need and complexities with installing. You should ask for a detailed quote from more than one supplier to be comfortable you’re getting the best buy for your budget.
What are the benefits of installing double glazed windows?
The many benefits of installing double glazing windows include providing year-round comfort, protecting the environment, saving on your energy bills, reducing noise, increasing security and adding value to your property.
Is double glazing worth the money?
Double glazing can reduce energy bills by a significant amount. You’ll need to balance savings against many factors, like the cost of installing or retrofitting double glazed windows, how long you intend to stay in your home and whether you have the money to invest in the windows. It’s best to ask a few double glazing companies to work out what they think the value of your investment will be.
Is double glazing just for winter?
No. Double glazing makes your home comfortable in all seasons, especially by keeping warm air inside in winter and cool air inside in summer.

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Masquara Masquara 8:57 pm 11 Jul 16

David Pollard said :

Ive installed some honeycomb blinds, which due to deep window frames can sit under existing blinds. Not sure how they go relative to double glazing or some form of stick on covering; so far I can certainly notice less cold drafts coming through the gaps between the blinds and the walls but don’t know if that translates into cheaper bills.

Honeycomb blinds are great – except that mine are the earliest version and have open edges and if a spider crawls along one of the slats, it will get stuck. nb You must have pelmets AND you should have insulated heavy curtains along with your honeycomb blinds, and then you’ll lose very little heat.

Someone posted earlier about cavity insulation – but in a solid brick house, wouldn’t the air between the bricks be an effective insulation element? I though cavity insulation was more for brick veneer walls?

JOHN_TAYLOR JOHN_TAYLOR 4:53 pm 11 Jul 16

Both myself and my parents have used Just Rite. Just Rite has been around for long time I think. We got our ceiling cavity wall and double glazing done through them. We found them quite professional. If you like then can check on the link I went through
http://www.justrite.com.au/products-and-services/retrofit-double-glazing/get-double-glazed-windows-for-your-home-in-canberra/
http://www.justrite.com.au/products-and-services/retrofit-wall-insulation-cavity-wall/

Good Luck 🙂

Acton Acton 11:42 pm 10 Jul 16

Effective and durable insulation is worth splurging on to avoid shivering through these cold Canberra winter nights in a drafty house risking the kids (or oldies) coming down with pneumonia. For an existing one room extension with three windows I’m considering double glazed windows in a wooden frame and after excluding companies that have negative reviews about their customer service on this and other forums have a shortlist of:
http://www.cswindows.com.au/products.htm
http://www.trendwindows.com.au/
http://www.justrite.com.au/
There is also something called a composite double glazed window, made up of aluminium on the outside for low maintenance, and timber inside to provide better looks and all important heat retention. Provided by Stegbar:
https://www.stegbar.com.au/Products/Windows/Siteline/Siteline-Awning-Windows
This seems to be the ideal solution, avoiding the cheap and nasty plastic film across the window solution, magnetic perspex sheets or uPVC (unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride).

ungruntled ungruntled 1:33 pm 08 Jul 16

We have done a much less expensive version of double glazing which may be of interest to someone else.

We got the man who did the shower screens to cut glass (ordinary glass works, but los e glass would be better) to fit the window frame & frame it with aluminium.
Then make sure you the get some air sealer (buy it in a roll from your hardware store) and draft seal the edges. You then just attach it with a little lever thingy (also from the hardware shop) & extra panes can be removed for cleaning or whatever.

Hugely less expensive option. Provides good insulation. Hope it helps someone.

dtc dtc 9:34 am 08 Jul 16

Ive installed some honeycomb blinds, which due to deep window frames can sit under existing blinds. Not sure how they go relative to double glazing or some form of stick on covering; so far I can certainly notice less cold drafts coming through the gaps between the blinds and the walls but don’t know if that translates into cheaper bills.

AlexanderWatson AlexanderWatson 7:37 am 08 Jul 16

I’ll declare straight up that I own an insulation retrofitting business but just wanted to reinforce the comments made about windows so far. In some case study work we did with the ACT government and other energy efficiency companies we saw brilliant results from retrofit products like clear comfort. They can be a little tricky to fit but if there’s nothing aesthetically wrong with your windows they’re a great (and cheap) option. If you do go down the double glazed road though, getting that thermal break on the frames is vitally important.

As for cavity wall insulation, like all products there’s pros and cons. Pros – it works really really well when done properly and doesn’t need your house to be torn apart in order to install it. Cons – is a pain though not impossible running cables in the future, you can’t see the installers work as its hidden behind the wall (we use a thermal camera to check) and in most cases you aren’t allowed to have as much power running through the power cables when completely surrounded by insulation so there’s often electrical work involved. When it’s -5 outside and you don’t realize until you walk outside its pretty easy to live with the cons 🙂

Antagonist Antagonist 11:31 am 07 Jul 16

pink little birdie said :

… some aluminum double glazed windows are no better then single glazed wooden windows, as without thermal breaks the cold goes straight through the frame.

Bingo. This is the most common mistake people make with double-glazing. It adds a bit to the cost, but without thermal breaks you are just throwing away your hard earned money.

Zan Zan 9:24 am 07 Jul 16

Do not look for or click on Winter Windows as that website was hijacked. It is now called Clear Comfort which is in my earlier post.

Maya123 Maya123 8:24 am 07 Jul 16

Depending what your present windows are made of be careful replacing them. I can remember being told in a lecture I went to on making your house energy efficient that some aluminum double glazed windows are no better then single glazed wooden windows, as without thermal breaks the cold goes straight through the frame.
In my previous house I used ‘winter windows’; a plastic film over the wooden frame, leaving a gap between it and the glass. I had some aluminum windows too, but I couldn’t use this film on them, as the gap wasn’t enough. I had no problem with moisture.
Honey comb blinds are good too.

Des Des 7:39 pm 06 Jul 16

I’ve tried a few things in my house. Our extension has new double glazed windows with a thermal break (wood inside, colorbond outside) which we love but the old part of the house has single glazed windows.

I’ve tried the following:
Thick curtains with pelmets: Really good but you need to keep the curtains drawn and curtains/pelmets aren’t cheap.
Magnetite: A perspex window is added to the inside of the window using a magnetic frame. It is expensive but cheaper than putting in double glazing. We are happy with the result- no condensation and it looks like the original window.
Clear comfort: Probably the cheapest option. You stick this clear film over the window architrave coated with double sided tape and get the high dryer and pronto, ‘double glazing’. If you want a more flexible solution, make a wooden frame and put the clear comfort on it. You can remove this during summer and saves removing the double sided tape residue and you can replace it in winter.
Thermal blinds: This apparently have the same thermal properties as double glazing but cheaper. The effectiveness of this depends a lot on your window type. Our windows are not suitable for this being sash windows but there are ways around it.
We have rockwool in our walls and it is great. Everyone assumes we have double brick.

BTW, we have the required insulation in the roof but with the combination of time and a temporary possum tenant, it has flattened and needs to be replaced/covered with a new one.

Zan Zan 11:11 am 04 Jul 16

We had new ceiling insulation put in some years ago as the original was very old and thin. Live in an ex-Govie. At the same time had wall cavity insulation pumped in via the roof tiles next to the wall. Where the windows are they drill a hole into the cement between the bricks and pump it through that, then they put cement into the whole. It made a great difference.

We also made our own double glaze with perspex which stops the cold coming through as it covers the whole metal frame. It also had stopped street noise.

Another way of doing it if you have wooden frames is using heat shrinkable wrap or get it from here http://www.clearcomfort.com.au

kean van choc kean van choc 11:05 am 04 Jul 16

After much quote gathering and internet research, we’re about to sign on the dotted line with Architech Windows (Queanbeyan) to retrofit uPVC double glazed windows and doors to our 60s era duplex.

So far Architech’s customer service has been excellent. They have been far more responsive than other Canberra providers.

Our expectation is that installation wil commence in September.

Will keep you posted.

rommeldog56 rommeldog56 8:46 am 04 Jul 16

I would also like to investigate retro fitting of wall insulation and double glazing of existing windows. Though I’m not new here, I’m feeling the cold more and more the older I get I’m afraid.

You do not mention whether you are looking for ceiling and/or wall insulation. Whether your existing windows are wood framed or metal ?

Had some friends retrofit “stick on” double glazing to existing metal framed windows. Not cheap but much cheaper than replacing windows. They said poor result – including moisture from condensation forming inside the panes leaving light stains. Not good. Hopefully someone on here has had a better experience with retrofitting double glazing and can recommend a good/effective solution.

I’m also looking to retrofitting of wall insulation (which would have to be “pump in”) but the supplier I have spoken to hasn’t exactly filled me with much confidence Im afraid – + it was hideously expensive. I’m also worried about how pump in wall insulation will get into all wall cavities and the impact of that on future electrical/cabling work – such as additional power points.

Not sure if there are any subsidy schemes available for these retro fitted energy saving initiatives either – probably not.

Any comments on these issues from people who have been there and done that, would be greatly appreciated.

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