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Brief History of Double Glazing

In today’s world, it’s easy to forget the things we take for granted once did not exist. Double glazing has been around for years; however that hasn’t always been the case. What starts as an idea soon transforms into a fantastic discovery which homes all around the world now use.

In the beginning, double glazing was expensive and rare for households to have; it was something for homeowners to boast about – now, being affordable, millions of homeowners are proud to possess double glazing.

The Beginning of Double Glazing

Double glazing is believed to have originated in Scotland in the 19th century. In some of the coldest parts of the UK, homeowners would try to stay warm during the winter months, and double glazing panels became a successful way to retain heat. This idea was adopted by many wealthy homeowners in the area.

Growth and Popularity

Double glazing became more popular globally by the 1930s, and before long, double glazing was becoming well-known on properties in the US.

However, it wasn’t until the 1970s double glazing became popular in the UK. Once this heat retention method became cheaper and more efficient, it drastically grew in popularity; being fitted in most new homes for energy efficiency.

The energy crisis of the 1970s was also a beneficial factor for double glazing. Heating had become increasingly expensive, so many property owners turned to this cheaper and efficient alternative.


Over the years, rules and regulations have been put in place to raise the quality and standard of double glazing to improve its energy efficiency. Not only are they more efficient than ever before, they are more durable and available in a wide variety of styles to match the aesthetic look of your property. This makes it easy to find the perfect double glazing for your home. 

At Trade Windows, their service and reliable reputation is incredibly important to them. As a long established, dependable uPVC window company, they have a fantastic reputation for double glazing installations.

If you’re looking for the right windows for you, they can help. Their experienced professionals can help you through every step of the way.

If you would like to find out more about their products and services – simply get in touch with their friendly team today and they will be happy to answer any questions you have.