A BRAND new approach to upgrading and improving existing windows that costs half the price of installing new ones is sweeping across the nation.

The initiative involves simply replacing window panes in the home with the latest hi-tech, energy-efficient glass and it’s a simple, affordable concept that pays for itself over time through significantly reduced energy bills. One of the companies behind this new creative approach in window insulation is retrofitting, who say homeowners can also save as much as 50 per cent by replacing their glass compared to the cost of fitting new windows.

Thousands of homeowners all over the UK are currently spending hundreds of pounds more on energy than they should be because the heat is literally flying out poorly insulated windows. And EnerGlaze say it’s a problem that’s easily solved.

EnerGlaze simply installs a new heat-retaining double-glazed unit into existing uPVC windows, and the new unit is up to 70 per cent more efficient than a standard double-glazed unit.

The glass used by EnerGlaze is new to the UK since but already it’s proving to be a big hit with energy conscious homeowners.

As well as replacing the glass, EnerGlaze fitters also give existing windows a complete overhaul by replacing weather seals, hinges and locks where necessary, and offer advice on security measures such as toughened safety glass or laminated anti-theft glass.The work can all be done with existing windows, meaning there’s no costly redecorating or moving of alarm sensors.

EnerGlaze Managing Director, Peter Campbell, says that the uptake for this new service has been fantastic, and the benefits are being enjoyed by hundreds of homeowners already.

“There’s really nothing to lose as in the rare case where windows are not in good enough condition to warrant an upgrade we can also install new windows and doors with this new glass,” he says.

“In addition to the energy-efficient double-glazed glass units, we can match most types of window panes and consumers can also opt to incorporate many different variations such as self-cleaning glass for awkward areas, a solar control glass for conservatories and, if noise is an issue, an acoustic glass to reduce the sound of traffic and other noise.”