DIY Double Glazing – Temporary and Cheaper Solution

diy double glazing kitWe all know that double glazing is a double glass panel that has been proven to reduce noise and draughts coming in. Double gazing is also good at insulating the home by keeping cold air out and keeping the hot air in. Depending on the size of your home and which double glazing company you choose to go with, you may be out of pocket by thousands of pounds. Sometimes the double glazing panels are fine but the rubber lining has eroded so it is no longer present on some windows. You may also have an older style house where double glazing was not available such as single pane windows and there’s no need to have to replace every single window. By acting fast you can save your windows but if cost is an issue, then there are other ways to get temporary double glazing.

What is temporary double glazing?

If you cannot afford to redo the double glazing in your current home, then you may be in luck – you can get temporary kits that are just as effective at keeping in the heat and reducing drafts. You can purchase temporary double glazing in all local DIY shops and you don’t have to be experienced in DIY to install it.

How to install temporary double glazing?

Double glazing kits usually consist of polythene plastic and double sided tape; you will also need a hairdryer handy.

  • Apply the double sided tape around the window frame
  • Then stick the polythene plastic onto the double sided tape
  • Using a hairdryer tighten up the polythene by drying outwards, this will make the polythene stretch and keep cold air out

It has been known that 10-20 years ago, students used to do the same in rented accommodation by using cling film and double sided tape. The cling film method works just as well as polythene plastic but cheaper. Depending on how many windows you have to insulate cling film may be the cheaper option.

How much does temporary diy double glazing cost versus proper double glazing?

If you buy a double glazing kit form a DIY store, it can cost you £8 for 4 standard sized windows. So if the average house has 14 windows, a kit would cost £32.

If you buy double sided tape at a cost of £3 and cling film at £2 this would cost £5 for all 14 windows, assuming you already have a hairdryer.

If you have to buy double glazing and have it installed by the company, this could cost anywhere between £5,000 – £10,000.

So if you only need a short term solution, save yourself the cost of a new car and buy a temporary double glazing kit today.

3 Responses

  1. Zuzana Kadlecikova April 5, 2010 / 12:52 pm

    Hi is it any chance to order from u diy kit for temporary double glazing many thanks

  2. Anna November 27, 2010 / 5:52 am

    I found a kit of the temp. double glazing in homebase for 7.99. Enough for 3 to 4 big Windows

  3. Jan Searle December 7, 2010 / 6:11 am

    How easy is temp double glazing to fit, jan?

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