What is Secondary Glazing?
Secondary glazing involves fitting a discreet internal window in addition to your existing, single, double and triple glazed window. It’s a cost effective and efficient way to insulate and soundproof your windows, and preferred for the use within Listed Buildings and conservation areas.
When soundproofing is paramount, we recommend using a different glass thickness in your secondary glazing than that of your existing windows, this decrease sound reverberation. An air cavity of 150mm to 200mm and special acoustic glass provides maximum noise reduction often reducing noise levels by up to 80% (54dB).
For maximum thermal performance we specify “low E” glass, which has a special heat reflecting coating to help keep heat within the room. A recommended air cavity of up to 80mm is advised. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners and commercial clients over the past 20 years. We’d like to think that we can help you too.
About Granada’s Secondary Glazing
All aluminium frames are painted white as standard, though you can select from over 200 RAL colour options – to mirror the look and feel of your home. Windows are made to measure, with options to accommodate nearly all window styles. Horizontal sliders are the most popular choice, though we can supply and install vertical sliders, hinged units, fixed and lift-out windows. Our secondary glazing can even be curved in house to form arched units.
Face or Reveal Fix
Made from durable aluminium, frames are slim, unobtrusive, and require little maintenance. They’re also easy to install by fixing to your existing window (“face-fixed”) or into the window reveal (“reveal-fixed”). With a reveal-fix, having a 100mm-200mm air gap between secondary glazing and your existing windows will provide optimum performance – preventing heat and sound from passing through.
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Benefits of Secondary Glazing
Recommended by English Heritage, the Listed Property Owners Club and the Energy Saving Trust, the benefits of secondary glazing include:
- Up to 80% noise reduction
- Minimise drafts, reduce heat loss by up to 65%
- An additional security barrier
- Condensation control
- Reduced carbon footprint
Our Product Range
Available in 200 RAL colours and suitable for most windows our homeowner products include horizontal and vertical sliders, and other bespoke secondary glazing windows.
Reduce Noise to a Whisper
Do you live on a noisy road? Reports indicate that a passing diesel bus often creates 85dB of noise. Correctly installed secondary glazing can reduce noise levels by 54dB, a reduction of 54dB will reduce the noise to 31dB which is the equivalent to a whisper. To achieve the best acoustic performance, we advise secondary glazing to be installed with a 150mm to 200mm cavity between your primary glazing and secondary glazed unit.
Reduce Heat Loss
A weak point for most houses leaking warm air is our windows, a typical house loses 10% of its heat through the windows.” As displayed in the thermal image the orange areas highlight heat escaping the primary windows. Secondary glazing is installed within the white dashed box, as the windows are purple we can clearly see less heat is escaping through the treated windows.
Why Secondary Glazing?
Secondary glazing offers the most effective sound insulation – significantly outperforming double glazing. From noisy roads to noisy kids, our windows can reduce noise levels by up to 80%.
Substantially improves the thermal insulation of existing single-glazed windows – reduces heat loss through the window by around 65% – around 10% more than double glazing.
Secondary windows offer an affordable, discreet, highly effective solution to enhancing building security. No external access is required, ideal for multi-storey buildings.
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Fixed Secondary Glazing FAQs
What is Secondary Glazing?
Secondary glazing is a discreet window that is installed to the interior side of the room. Available in different styles to suit all window types, secondary glazing will decrease noise levels breaching your primary windows and increase thermal efficiency. As it doesn’t change the fabric of the building, secondary glazing can be installed within Conservation areas and Grade I and Grade II Listed Buildings. All of Granada’s products are manufactured from durable aluminium and can be powder coated in over 200 RAL colours. Secondary glazing is often installed to combat two main issues; Acoustic and Thermal performance. No other form of glazing can reduce noise levels by up to 80% (which is the equivalent of 54 dB). Another benefit of secondary glazing is that it offers an increased level of security. If your primary windows are forced open, secondary glazing acts as a second barrier as it can’t be opened from the outside. All of Granada’s products are manufactured in durable aluminium and are powder coated in-house, which allows them to stand the test of time. Often used in conjunction with single, double, and triple glazed uPVC or timber windows. Secondary glazing boasts a unique performance that is unmatched by any other window system.
Does Secondary Glazing Work?
Yes! Your home will benefit from excellent levels of thermal efficiency and noise reduction when you install our Secondary Glazing. It also acts as a second barrier against unwanted intruders, helping to keep your home safe and secure!
What are the types of Secondary Glazing?
There are six main types of secondary glazing! Lift out Units - Used when the primary window is fixed, or when the primary window is required to open for ventilation. Hinged Units - These units are used with casement or hinged primary windows. Vertical Sliders - The perfect addition to vertical sliding sashes. Meaning the meeting rails align with the primary window meeting rail. Horizontal Sliders - Used in conjunction with casement or sash primary windows. That requires full access and where the casement window has sufficient space internally to open the secondary glazing. Bespoke - Ideal for more traditional properties, secondary glazing can be installed to unique primary windows. Fixed - Used for an independent window that is fitted internally.
How effective is Secondary Glazing?
Secondary Glazing can be a very effective way of enhancing thermal efficiency, security, and noise reduction in your home! The second window acts as a barrier between your home and the outside world.
Can you add Secondary Glazing to existing windows?
Yes! The whole design of Secondary Glazing is that it sits in the same window frame as your existing window. The perfect solution to get all the benefits of double glazing without replacing your existing windows!
How does Secondary Glazing work?
When installed, Secondary Glazed windows sit inside the same window frame as your existing window. This acts as a second barrier between your home and the outside helping to improve your homes thermal efficiency, security and reduced noise pollution.
Why choose Secondary Glazing?
Secondary Glazing is an excellent way of improving the overall performance of your home! It is also a cheaper option than installing double glazing into your home. You can also get Secondary Glazing installed when you live in Listed Buildings and Conservation areas too!
Which Glass Type Should I Choose?
Secondary glazing is usually specified to combat two main issues; acoustic or thermal performance. In conjunction with the air cavity, the type of glass specified plays a vital role in rectifying your problem. As standard, all of our products are manufactured with 4mm toughened glass for enhanced security and safety. (Please be aware that other secondary glazing providers may supply float glass which is brittle and can be easily broken. If broken, it can leave large dangerous shards, often resulting in injury). Here at Granada, we provide several types of glass, ranging from different thicknesses to different coatings. Each type of glass has specifically been designed and selected to offer optimum performance. Sound – Selecting the correct glass and installing the secondary glazed unit with an air cavity of 150mm to 200mm, can drastically reduce noise issues by up to 80% (54 dB). Most traffic noise problems can be rectified with the installation of either 6.4mm or 6.8mm clear acoustic glass. Where noise is a real nuisance, and loud, we suggest the specification of 8.8mm clear acoustic glass. Thermal – Cold draughts breaching your primary windows can make a room feel uncomfortable and makes it uneconomical as the loss of heat will result in higher energy costs. Where thermal performance is required, we advise the installation of either 4mm, 6mm or 8.8mm clear laminate low E glass. Low E glass has a specially designed coating that reflects heat waves into the room, thus keeping your it warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. The type of glass specified can increase or decrease your quoted price. It is best practice to speak with us directly as you may over-specify the glass type. We can provide a tailored solution to rectify your issue, which is both cost-efficient and practical for your specific requirements.
What is the Installation Process for Secondary Glazing?
Secondary glazing is installed to the interior side of the room creating little to no mess. Often installations can be completed within 1 hour. We work closely with over 500 national trade installers who will make an appointment to measure and install at your convenience.
What Materials are used for the Frames?
As market leaders within the glazing industry, it is essential that our secondary glazing is high performing and aesthetically pleasing. The key to our approach is to use the best raw materials available and manufacture to the highest standard possible. All of our frames are manufactured in house from slimline, durable aluminium. We cut, powder coat, arch and fabricate our aluminium frames in-house under one roof. Utilising high tech machinery such as CNC machines, we can ensure all frames are built to size as sealed units. Our knowledge, expertise and skills in manufacturing ensure high quality and the best performing product. Our competitors have tried to reduce the amount of aluminium within the frames to reduce the cost of raw materials, but we found this has a negative effect on product quality. Reducing the amount of aluminium does decrease the value. The implications of this make frames and sashes unstable and unable to take the weight of the glass, creating health and safety issues. This also decreases the acoustic and thermal performance of the product. Granada’s head office holds a team of product developers where they can often be found designing and manufacturing glazing products using new materials and manufacturing techniques. All of our products are quality tested before they leave our facility, ensuring a high level of quality and function.
Will I Lose the Functionality of my Windows?
Granada secondary glazing is available in many styles complimenting all window types. We have a range of windows that slide horizontally and vertically for easy access and cleaning. Our hinged unit operates on a hinge mechanism that can be placed on the side of the window for conventional opening or on the top or bottom dependent upon your requirements. Other window styles include fixed windows or lift outs which can easily be lifted out of the frame.
What is the Difference Between Secondary Glazing and Double Glazing?
Double Glazing is made from two panes of glass which is separated by a sealed air gap, usually filled with a gas like argon, which helps to improve the thermal insulation, sound reduction and overall performance of your home. This helps to improve energy ratings and reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Building Regulations make double glazing a very recommended, and normally compulsory addition to any new home. Secondary Glazing is an excellent way of improving the overall performance of your home, without the cost of Double Glazing. You can benefit from improved thermal efficiency, security, reduction in noise pollution and energy ratings when you choose to install Secondary Glazing. This is also the best way to improve the performance of older, Listed Buildings or building in Conservation Areas.
What are the Advantages of Secondary Glazing?
There are many benefits to secondary glazing! This type of glazing offers the most effective sound insulation, reducing noise levels by up to 80%. Secondary glazing also improves heat insulation and reduces heat loss through the window by around 65%. Secondary glazing is an excellent value for money, not only does improve home insulation but increases the security of your home at the same time.
How Do I Clean my Windows with Secondary Glazing?
To reduce the risk of damaging your secondary glazed windows, here are some useful tips to keep your windows clean and smudge-free! Don't use abrasive cleaning products such as acids or alkalines. Stay away from steel wool or wired scourer pads when cleaning your windows. Make sure to vacuum the bottom track of the horizontal sliding system to avoid dirt build-up.
Does the Secondary Glazing Installation Affect the Existing Window?
No, however, we always use a different thickness of glass in your secondary glazing compared to your existing windows as this will decrease sound reverberation.
Will I Need to Redecorate After my Secondary Glazing is Installed?
No, you won't need to redecorate after secondary glazing is installed! At Granada, our exceptional knowledge allows us to carefully and precisely fit your windows in around 1 hour. Our FENSA approved installers add an extra layer of protection.
How is Secondary Glazing Installed?
Secondary glazing is installed to the interior side of the room, creating little to no mess, and often installations can be completed within 1 hour. Secondary glazing can be installed within the reveal of the window or can be fixed to the face of the primary window, dependent upon the application. To achieve a neat finish, we supply PVC trims as standard, which you can scribe in. To view video tutorials on how to install secondary glazing, please click here.
How do I Measure my windows?
Before you measure your window for the installation of secondary glazing, standard practice is to select a design that compliments your existing primary window. The key is to choose a design that does not add additional site lines and can give you access to your primary window for maintenance, cleaning and ventilation. We ask that all measurements are given in mm and are formatted width x height. Please click here to view a short video which covers all aspects of measuring your windows.
How do I look after Secondary Glazing?
Granada’s secondary glazing is manufactured from aluminium and is powder-coated to give a durable and aesthetically-pleasing finish. From time to time, you may need to wipe the aluminium with a damp cloth to de-dust. Cleaning the glass is no different than any other glass product. As our products are manufactured from high-quality aluminium, they are self-sustaining, giving many years of trouble-free service. In the unlikely event of a malfunction, please speak with either the tradesman who installed the secondary glazing or talk with our after-sales care team who you can contact on 01909 499 899.
What Depth of Air Gap is Best for my Windows?
The installation of secondary glazing boasts many unique benefits. One of these benefits includes an 80% reduction in sound (54 dB) and a 65% decrease in heat loss. The installation of secondary glazing requires a small air cavity which acts as insulation between your primary windows and the secondary glazing. The air cavity plays a vital role when reducing noise levels or increasing thermal efficiency. (We advise a different air cavity based upon the issue you are trying to cure.) Sound – We advise an air cavity of between 150mm to 200mm. This type of installation is referred to as reveal fix. The secondary glazing unit is installed within the window reveal and can reduce noise levels by up to 80% (54 dB). For optimum performance, Granada recommends the specification of clear acoustic glass which is available in thicknesses of 6.4mm, 6.8mm and 8.8mm. Thermal – To achieve optimum thermal efficiency, we recommend an air cavity of up to 80mm. This type of installation is commonly known as face fixing as the secondary glazed unit is fixed to the internal face of your primary window. Specified with a Low E glass correctly installed secondary glazing can reduce heat loss by up to 65%. Please speak with Granada directly, where we will be able to recommend a solution, tailored to your requirements.
Does Secondary Glazing Enhance the Security of my Home?
As secondary glazing can’t be opened from the outside, it adds an extra barrier to forced entry. If an intruder forces or breaks the glass of your primary windows, they will have to try and force the secondary glazing to gain access to your property. Secondary glazing is a popular choice for homeowners who live in a conservation area or Grade I and Grade II listed buildings. Secondary glazing can be installed without planning permission and prevent the issues old windows have which can’t be changed. Historic England recommends the installation of secondary glazing as it does not change the original fabric of the building. For homeowners that can change their original timber windows but don’t want to lose the character of their property, secondary glazing which is discreet in style and design is an option which is often specified.
What is the Benefit of the Subframe?
All of Granada glazing’s products are manufactured and supplied with a timber subframe (please note: insert panels are not supplied with a subframe). As standard, the wooden subframe and aluminium window frame are pre-drilled and countersunk for ease of installation. The hardwood subframe which surrounds the secondary glazing unit increases the rigidity of the whole window, aiding installation. As aluminium is a great heat conductor, the wooden subframe acts as a thermal barrier which prevents cold bridging from the fabric of the building onto the aluminium. In turn, this can help reduce condensation, as the temperature of the building fabric does not cool the temperature of the aluminium frame and glass. As standard, (on most products) we supply aluminium secondary glazing with a subframe, pre-drilled and countersunk. As we manufacture in-house, we can provide secondary glazing to your specification. Please advise at the point of quotation if you do not require a subframe or pre-drilled units.
How does Secondary Glazing Increase Security?
As secondary glazing can’t be opened from the outside, it adds an extra safety barrier to forced entry. If an intruder forces or breaks the glass of your primary windows, they will have to try and force the secondary glazing to gain access to your property. All of our secondary glazed products are manufactured from durable aluminium where toughened, security glasses are available to offer extra protection.
Does Granada Install Secondary Glazing?
Granada Glazing designs and manufactures bespoke aluminium secondary glazing. Our products are widely used within both homeowner and commercial markets. We have partnered with over 500 industry-leading tradespeople who install our products for homeowners. Our elite trade network installs secondary glazing products throughout the whole of the UK. We often receive homeowner/residential orders where these are passed to a local tradesman who will survey and install our products. Our approved trade network is trained to the highest standards and adhere to Granada’s customer care guidelines. At Granada, we pride ourselves on the quality of our product, which is matched by high levels of service given by both our approved tradesman and our internal sales team. Since 1984 Granada Glazing has been the industry leader. We offer technical support and can recommend a product that is suitable for most budget requirements, performance and functionality. For technical support, or help with selecting the right product to cure your noise or thermal issue, please speak with us directly by telephoning 01909 499 899, or click here to email our internal technical support team. For commercial installations, Granada has an in house surveying and installation team. We have designed, manufactured and installed secondary glazing within some of the most iconic buildings situated in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Notable projects include: • Bush House – London • Edinburgh Castle – Scotland • Stirling Castle – Scotland • Parkinson Building – Leeds • Gradbach Mill – Derbyshire • Great Northern Hotel – London
Are there any Guarantees or Warranties?
In the unlikely event of a malfunction, our secondary glazing is backed up with a five-year warranty on frames and glazing; and a two-year warranty no moving parts. The majority of our elite trade network are members of FENSA. FENSA is a governing body where tradespeople and installers can self certify that their installations comply with current building regulations. In the unfortunate event of a malfunction, please speak with our customer care team by telephoning 01909 499 899.
Will Secondary Glazing work with Double and Triple Glazing?
Secondary glazing can be used in conjunction with all types of windows. Traditionally, secondary glazing was utilised to increase the thermal properties of single glazed timber windows. Modern advancements in specific glass types and frame material have given secondary glazing a new lease of life. Its acoustic performance is unmatched by any other glazing product and can drastically reduce noise breaching single, double and even triple glazing. If you live in an area with high noise pollution, only secondary glazing will reduce noise levels by up to 54 dB, turning the sound of a diesel bus into a whisper. Manufactured from durable aluminium, Granada’s secondary glazing is slimline and can be powder coated in over 200 RAL colours to suit all tastes and preferences. Slimline by nature and durable by design, Granada’s secondary glazing will enhance the thermal and acoustic performance of your windows, while standing the test of time.
What is Fixed Secondary Glazing?
Fixed Secondary Glazing is an independent window that is fitted onto the internal side of your existing window frame. This creates a second barrier between your home and the outside, helping to enhance noise reduction, thermal efficiency and security of your home.
Why add Fixed Secondary Glazing into your home?
When you install Fixed Secondary Glazing into your home, you get an elegant, slimline addition for your property. The external appearance of your home is not altered, but the internal aesthetics are greatly enhanced. The performance of your home is too!
Can I add Fixed Secondary Glazing to a Fire Escape Window?
No, a Fixed Secondary Glazing panel means you cannot have access to the original, existing window. This means that you cannot installed Fixed Secondary Glazing panels to your designated fire escape. This would also not comply with Building Regulations.