Atlas Home's new secondary glazing range is a new state of the art addition to your home that can help increase noise redction and reduce heat loss. Secondary glazing is an unobtrusive way of adding extra insulation and noise reduction to your properties current window fittings.
Our magnificent range of secondary glazing products are all manufactured and designed to your needs so they fit in perfectly behind your existing windows. our secondary glazing range are all manufactured from strong lightweight aluminium with a powder coated white finish. After manufacturing we can colour your fittings to any colour of your choice from our RAL colour chart.
What you need to know
Secondary glazing is exactly what you would think it is. It is effectively another window on the inside of your original window. The secondary glazing is fitted behind the window with the frame matching that of the existing window so you can hardly notice the secondary glazing, specially designed so that the secondary glazing can be installed sympathetically alongside existing products. We can design our secondary glazing in varying styles including; casement (hinged), sash, horizontal sliders and lift out windows.
Living in a noisy area can be a nuisance. noise pollution is something that can be dealt with easily but not always effectively. Adding heavy curtains or just installing double glazing will give you some success in noise reduction, however, the most efficient way to bring peace and quiet to your home in a busy area is through secondary glazing. with secondary glazing we can realistically look at reducing your noise levels from outside by up to 80% and even up to 90% in some cases!
We achieve this reduction in noise by using our special design and manufacturing process to establish the optimum cavity between your existing window and your new secondary glazing unit to minimize the noise that filters through. Efficient noise reduction is best achieved by creating a sufficient cavity between the windows, which reduces the amount of sound waves able to pass through.
Aside from just the cavity providing noise reduction, there are other benefits to noise reduction in a secondary glazing unit. We can install a number of different types of glass in your secondary unit to provide better security, better noise reduction and better thermal insulation. One of our specialist types of glass for Secondary Glazing is STADIP glass, this is an acoustic glass that provides added noise reduction towards high frequency sounds. STADIP glass is also a popular choice around airports because of its increased noise reduction capabilities. We also strive to ensure that our secondary glazing units do not leave any gaps around the window frames. Just a 1% gap around a frame can cause the noise insulation to increase by up to 10 decibels.
Windows are amongst the main culprits when it comes to preventable heat loss in your home. In studies conducted at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Centre for Research on Indoor Climate and Health by Paul Baker, research has shown that Secondary Glazing alone offers a 63% reduction in heat loss. As a single deterrent to heat loss, Secondary Glazing was proved to be the most efficient in heat loss prevention. When combined with insulated shutters, you can expect to see a reduction in heat loss up to almost 80%. The secondary glazing and the shutters offer increased thermal insulation and help to eliminate draughts in the building by providing solid seals with no gaps.
Most listed homes or those in conservation areas only have single glazed units, because of the status of these buildings, many can’t have double glazing fitted or remove the original windows. English heritage, the leading organization in protection and preservation of historical properties advocates the use of secondary glazing to provide heat insulation and noise insulation in properties with single glazing that can’t be replaced with double glazing. Secondary Glazing is perfect for listed buildings as it will not interfere with the façade of the original windows in place and is hardly noticeable from the inside.
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Do I need planning permission?
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As a rule of thumb you can build an
orangery, conservatory or single story extension onto the back of your house without planning permission provided: The proposed extension plus any previous extensions don't project more than 4m in the case of a detached property and 3m in the case of a semi-detached or terraced property.
There are several other factors which dictate the requirement for planning permission.
Any new structural opening between the conservatory will require building regulation approval, even if the conservatory itself is exempt.
If the physical barrier i.e. window, door or wall between the conservatory and original house is to be removed, as part of building control approval a SAP test (Standard Assessment Procedure) will be required.
The more convoluted answer is that it all depends on the quality of the insulation used in the floors and walls as well as the glass and sealed unit technology used.
How you heat and ventilate the orangery will also have an impact on how much use you get from it. If you would like to discuss how you can have an orangery which is comfortable and energy efficient throughout the entire year
An orangery can either glass or polycarbonate in the lantern roof area. The quality of the glass and polycarbonate can vary, our expert will be plesed to advise you on all options.
In terms of cost polycarbonate will normally be the most cost effective whilst glass costs can glass costs can be substantially more depending upon degree of protection from the sun and insulation values.
Apart from cost, the type of roof material you choose should depend on several factors including which way the proposed conservatory faces in relation to the sun. The proposed use of the room should also be a deciding factor. Our design consultant will be pleased to offer you more advice.
We offer a free design service to help you decide on the style and specification which best suits your needs and budget. Our free service includes:
Initial site visit to ascertain your requirements and survey the site proposed for your conservatory.
Produce a full design proposal including computer aided drawings (proposed conservatory super imposed onto your house if possible).
Full written specification including (if required) base and brick work, drainage, frame & roof materials, frame & roof glazing options, any additional building work, electrics, heating, flooring etc...
Advice on planning permission and building regulations.