Secondary Glazing


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APG Specializes In The Supply & Installation Of  High Performance Secondary Glazing.

Our Custome made secondary glazing involves the installation of new, fully independent secondary window frame on the internal side of the existing window. Our products will maintain the external facades of historic, period properties, such as those in conservation areas or those that are protected, even Grade One and Two listed buildings can benefit from the installation of complimentary secondary glazing.

Our custom made secondary glazing systems benefit your home or premises primarily by Improving the thermal insulation in the existing windows. This will save energy and reduce your heating bills. We can design, fabricate and install bespoke secondary glazing for classic, historical and listed buildings, we have a service area based in Northern Ireland but work throughout Ireland and the UK.

Secondary glazing benefits:

  • Retain your existing window frames.
  • Enhances the thermal performance of the window system.
  • Significant  increased noise reduction/ insulation from noise pollution.
  • Laminated glass will block harmful UV radiation.
  • Suitable for conservation areas and listed buildings.
  • Keep the original appearance and protect the value of your home.
  • Eliminate internal condensation, moisture and damp.
  • Lower environmental impact – reduces a building’s CO2 emissions.
  • Single glazed or double glazed accommodation options.
  • Unobtrusive installation, simple to install with little disruption to your home, neat finish, 
  • When installed with security glass will provide a protective barrier against intruders Improves security.
  • Frame will prevent draughts or Cold spots from sash casement window frames.
  • Internal secondary glazing system will be easy to clean.
  • Virtually maintenance free

How Secondary Glazing Works

This method of glazing makes use of the cavity between an existing window and the secondary unit. This space is then converted into a compartment which will help retain heat and block out noise. The greater the cavity between these two panes of glass, the better the dampening effect. A range of sub-frames and scribing trims are used to assist face fixing, reveal fixing and the coupling of units.

There is a wide selection of glass types to choose from each having their own benefits but it is essential that the existing window is a different density to the newly fitted secondary glazed window – this is necessary to avoid resonance.

Secondary Glazing Options:

Mechanical Opening/Operating Options

We provide a comprehensive range of styles to suit just about every application, including Horizontal Sliders, Hinged Units, Fixed and Lift-Out Units, Vertical Sliders, Balanced Vertical Sliders and Tilt-in Balanced Vertical Sliders.

Warmer- Thermal Efficiency

Secoundary glazing is an effiecnt way of reducing costs. ‘Measuring carbon footprint’ and ‘becoming more sustainable’ are phrases that we hear with greater regularity. There is also growing importance of good to high EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) ratings, to ensure buildings meet acceptable standards for letting and also enhance their market value.

Benefits of secondary glazing for thermal insulation:
  • Reduces heat loss
  • Minimises draughts
  • Increases the rating on an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)
  • Improves comfort
  • Reduces energy bills
  • Reduces air infiltration
  • Assist with BREEAM ratings
  • Meets heritage guidelines

Rising energy bills means thermal efficiency is increasingly important.  APG secondary glazing improves the comfort of buildings and helps to reduce energy bills. APG’s systems are renowned for their thermal efficiency performance and can be further enhanced by utilising Pilkington K or Low E glazing. A fully independent well sealed frame ensures minimum air leakage and traps an insulating layer of air, which cuts down heat loss by 40-50%.  If Low-E glass is used it can improve by 60%. Sealed units can also be fitted to provide triple glazing and lower u-values.

Quieter- Extra Noise Insulation

Customers come to us for a solution where secondary glazing will provide acoustic insulation against noise from busy city nightlife, motorways or airport flight paths, It can be a benefit to windows which are already double glazed with laminated anti-acoustic glass.

  • Creates a quieter environment
  • Reduces sleep disturbance
  • Meets noise planning constraints
  • Aids increased concentration and productivity
  • Protects hearing
  • Keeps annoyance and stress levels low

Secondary glazing is relatively simple to install with minimal disruption to your home,Our secondary glazing is designed to keep the heat in and the noise out, you could also save around 10% on your household bills.  Ideal  and cost effective for listed buildings and conservation areas where alterations to the existing single pane windows can not be changed by your conservation officer.

Safter-Enhanced Security

secondary glazing can provide an unseen level of security to any property. It creates a second barrier of protection from the inside that can prevent the most determined thief or protect the occupants from the effects of bomb blast when made to blast specification. Windows can be the easiest way into a building, so extra security makes a big difference.

Benefits of security secondary glazing
  • Deters intruders
  • Blast mitigation
  • Protection against firearms
  • Preserves clean environments
  • Second barrier to entry
  • Removes the need for unsightly grilles
  • Maintains a normaised environment
  • Provides a delay mechanism

Secoundary Glazing Supplied & Installed In Ireland

 

 

Reduced Condensation

In most cases, fitting secondary glazing eliminates condensation. Our technicians have researched the problem of condensation, and acted on advice from the Insulation Glazing Association and Ministry of Public Building and Works. A major problem with many glazing systems, condensation arises when warm, moisture-laden air meets a cold surface such as the glass in a window. The moisture forming on the glass is unsightly, can encourage the growth of mould, cause window furniture to rust and even penetrate into timber frames giving rise to rot. Secondary glazing systems will reduce condensation greatly. Condensation can still occur on the inner face of the outer pane, but trickle vents can be installed to keep this to a minimum.

The Optimum Air Gap – Simple Yet Effective

Having a 100mm – 200mm air gap between the secondary glazing and the existing windows (glass to glass) will provide an optimum gap for sound and heat performance. The air gap provides an additional barrier, preventing heat and sound from passing through. We have a deeper  subframe’s specifically for the purpose of ‘reveal’ fixing the secondary glazing to give this gap. If only a smaller gap can be used then secondary glazing is still very effective as the performance difference between say a 70mm gap and 100mm gap is only small.

Choosing Glass Thickness In Secondary

When installing secondary glazing for sound proofing we recommend that you use a different thickness of glass in your secondary glazing than that of the glass in your existing windows. Different thicknesses of glass will help to block different wave lengths of sound, this effect is called the resonation factor. For maximum sound reduction we offer ‘Stadip’ acoustic glass which is 6.8mm thick and is designed as a sound insulating glass. Our 6.4mm ‘laminated’ glass also offers a significant noise benefit over other glass options, but at a reduced cost compared to the ‘Stadip’ acoustic glass.

Coatings On Glass for Better Heat Insulation

Adding well fitted secondary glazing with ordinary 4mm glass will give significant benefits in energy saving and reducing heating bills, however, by specifying ‘K’ glass which has a special heat reflecting coating, gives an extra improvement over un-coated glass and helps to keep the heat in the room.

For Further Information Please Contact us today on 02871 357 444. -or-  E-mail us.

Our Showroom and Factory are Located at the Glass works, Skeoge industrial estate Derry City Northern Ireland, we have expanded and developed both our product ranges and glazing capabilities over the years and now offer our services to all areas of Ireland, the United kingdom and internationally.