With energy efficiency at the top of the agenda, how can the UK double glazing industry get more innovative and competitive with its European competitors? Here are some exciting ways that UK products can meet and beat the rest of the world in the future.
Aluminium, uPVC and timber can only go so far on their own, so now’s the time to explore ways to composite those materials into ultra-efficient double glazing products. By bringing together the advantages of all three, UK glazing products could definitely push the boundaries.
From double to triple
Although the jury is currently out on whether replacement triple glazing is more energy-efficient than double glazing, the change is coming. Triple glazing is already the norm in Scandinavian countries. Just as single glazing gave way to double over time, this change will also come. UK companies who want to be at the forefront of innovation need to start looking at ways to create 40 to 44mm profile triple glazing units.
For example, if you’re in Cheltenham double glazing units that need replacing will currently be more cost-effectively replaced with double glazing units. That needs to change for the UK to remain competitive and reduce emissions.
Smart glass glazing
Clear solar panels have been around for a while, and the applications for double glazing units and doors are obvious. For homeowners in Cheltenham double glazing units comprised of clear solar panels could help them capture the 200-plus sunshine hours every summer. Just imagine creating a conservatory that helped to provide heating and lighting for your entire property!
Super thick doors
Continental doors are currently light years ahead of those in the UK, with thicker profiles and a range of designs that combine the security of steel and aluminium with really stunning aesthetics. Some European companies are moving into the use of unusual materials like ceramic and concrete.
These doors are also much thicker than what is standard in the UK, with a 48mm slab not uncommon. There’s no reason why thicker composite doors shouldn’t become the norm in the UK, with materials that don’t warp or fade and provide a blend of energy efficiency and security for the home. There’s scope for the UK double glazing industry to innovate and shape the future of double glazing.