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June 18, 2008 at 6:39 am #243762
Has anyone had any experience with DIY plastic film window double glazing? The stuff we’re thinking about trying is called clear comfort . It’s cheaper than replacing the windows, but wondered if anyone had any experience with this or similar?
ThanksJune 18, 2008 at 6:55 am #350967Reid_alderbooksMember
bubble wrap is supposed to be good and easy http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Conservation/bubblewrap.htmJune 18, 2008 at 7:03 am #350968FishdejourMember
Kind off …
Back in the olden days when I was at Uni in the brisk climes of the nationâ€™s soft underbelly – Canberra, we used Bubble wrap (on loan from Uni) on the windows to improve their insulation value. It worked a treat. Attached with 3M double sided tape (on loan from Uni) it significantly improved the comfort level in the grovel like rental cave that we dwelled in, I don’t think we had a single frost inside once we’d bubble wrapped the windows.
SteveJune 18, 2008 at 7:05 am #350969TullymoorMember
There’s stuff about this on that website that I can’t think of cos I’ve lost the plot. Let me think….June 18, 2008 at 7:09 am #350970FishdejourMember
Tulls you never had the plot to start with!!!June 18, 2008 at 7:10 am #350971June 18, 2008 at 8:07 am #350972toosusieMember
They showed that on the home reno/enviro show a while back. Looks very tidy and not opaque like the bubble wrap. Was it expensive Margo because I’m also considering it for my second hand windows?June 18, 2008 at 9:31 pm #350973
thanks for the replies all. DH refuses point blank to do the bubble-wrap thing, and I can kinda see his point as we have really nice views, and I don’t like the way it looks. I’m working on my vanity aspect though :lol::shy: Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that. ANd besides, gotta love a man that has embraced the idea of wearing a knitted hat (a nice home made one mind) to bed to keep the head warm and allow us to turn down the heater even more:clap:
Hi too susie – here’s the website with detailsJune 19, 2008 at 4:03 am #350974WombatMember
Yeah Mrs Wombat said a big NO to the bubble wrap idea!:(
NevJune 19, 2008 at 4:35 am #350975AdamMember
One option might be to use a product like this:
Uses magnets to fit a film over your existing windows. Would love to get a quote and see how expensive this is to install, but might be acceptable is bubble-wrap isn’t?June 19, 2008 at 4:46 am #350976
thanks for that adam – haven’t come across this beforeJune 19, 2008 at 7:59 am #350977toosusieMember
Thanks Margo. That’s very affordable isn’t it. Think that’s what I’ll be doing.
Adam I checked out that site but they don’t show any costs. I usually find that means they’re expensive and it’s just a marketing strategy to get your contact details. Thanks for the info but I think I’ll go the clear wrap route.
Nev that’s why I’m not keen on the bubble wrap. I bought my new block especially for the views and I don’t want to opaque them so I guess I agree with your DW and Margo’s DH :tup:June 19, 2008 at 9:33 am #350978LollyKeymaster
Very interesting indeed… we freeze here in winter and fry in summer.. I have considered covering the windows in summer with aluminium foil to keep the sun out – yes, we get that hot! – but decided that blinding the neighbours with glare wasn’t conducive to good relationships so canned the idea.
Bubble wrap, however, I hadn’t considered. Very very interesting.June 19, 2008 at 10:42 am #350979harry_newittMember
Green side up!!!! as the joke goes. The shiny side goes towards the room. The principal is that shiny surfaces facing a void emit very little radiated heat….. The blue side on buiders foil is designed as an antiglare for the installers. The greatest heat gain/ loss is through the ceiling and an investment in insulation there would be the most economical sloution to your problem. Double glazing bubble wrap are all good improvements but if you consider window area as a percentage of your ceiling area… you can seewhere I,m coming from;)June 19, 2008 at 11:47 am #350980creekerMember
ANd besides, gotta love a man that has embraced the idea of wearing a knitted hat (a nice home made one mind) to bed to keep the head warm and allow us to turn down the heater even more
Ain’t love grand! Have you and Jerry got a matching set? I can just see it now…. :lol::geek::lol:
I shouldn’t laugh … been known to don the fingerless mittens and leg warmers (yes, authentic 80s ones) on a weally cold night. 😉
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