We have yet another exciting window Sound Proofing and Secondary Glazing project completed on windows in an apartment on Arran Quay, Dublin. Old buildings like the one mentioned, are sustainable, their very existence demonstrates this, but they can often benefit from sensitive, informed, energy efficiency measures such as our Secondary Windows.
Our client has traditional sliding-sash windows; which were in a sound state with great longevity expected. This is due to the quality of the wood used; Scots pine imported from the Baltic region. This quality of wood is not obtainable today! While recent tests show that measures such as repairs and draught-proofing of those single- glazed windows will improve and retain heat within the room; Secondary Glazing of windows can match thermal performances of double glazed windows or indeed out-perform. Our client's windows are in perfect condition, but were far from being 'airtight'. Rather than attempt to re build them, it seemed much simpler, less expensive to fit our Secondary Glazing System internally with no mess, minimal inconvenience and no clean-up afterwards.
The frames were made from slim profile, powder-coated aluminium, in a matching colour so as not to detract from the existing decor and internal paint schemes. Glazing was 6mm toughened glass - the existing glass was 4mm, so we used a different glass thickness on the inner Secondary Window to acquire the required Sound Proofing benefits.
To further enhance the acoustic value we used a 'packer frame' / tile at 150mm (air gap) between the Secondary Window and the outer window. This has a double benefit - it is critical to prevent thermal bridging (cold spots) or condensation forming. An expanding foam seal was affixed between the packer frame / tile and the Secondary Glazing to keep them draught-proof - even after seasonal movement.
The Secondary Glazing units were fitted with 'spiral balances' - like the existing window: they slide up & down, with matching horizontal bar to effectively replicate the existing style.
From an aesthetic point of view the Secondary Glazing is not visible from outside and windows all resumed normal duty on day of completion.
The result is that our client now has a warm home, with improved energy efficiency and cost savings, all without having to remove his beautiful hardwood windows!!
We have just undertaken two more similar projects in Listed Buildings in Rathmines, Dublin and Julianstown, Co. Meath and we will report on this work in our next issue!!
We are also carrying out further Secondary Glazing work in The Merrion Hotel Dublin, for energy savings, on Jury's Inn Hotel Christchurch, Dublin for Sound Proofing benefits and we are fitting our Heavy Duty Flydoors at Jury's Inn Galway to surpass 2001 EU HACCP, FSAI & Global Food and Hygiene regulation requirements.
We have also recently carried out window Sound-Proofing work on private homes in Stillorgan, Eden Quay, Castleforbes Sqare, Burgh Quay, O Connell St, Swords, Ballinteer, Airton Rd, Rathfarnham, Griffith Avenue, Dublin, Julianstown, Co. Meath together with a private home on Douglas Rd Cork, at Listowel, Co Kerry, at Custom House Square and on Aylesbury Rd Dublin who are similarly pleased with the acoustic benefits of the Wind-Do Seal Window Sound-Proofing System.
We have just fitted our 50th ''All New'' Storm Screen Door - a refined powder-coated, colour- coded aluminium screen door, usually fitted onto its own extension framing, which can be fitted onto any door to help protect the existing door from the elements is now available in Ireland. This door can eliminate the possibility of having to change your beautiful hardwood door.
The Storm Screen, fitted independently of the existing door (on drop-pin cast steel hinges), can be removed easily for the summer months if necessary.
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We have just been contracted to carry out Flyscreening work for HSE at locations nationwide in hospitals, day care centres and community hospitals.
More on this in next issue!!