Here you are in the tropics. The Sun is beaming down all day and the windows and doors are all open so the air can rush through the house. It is too hot to close the doors and windows isn’t it? So why would you want double glazing in the Philippines?
Well, there is a time when the rain comes down very hard and can get through the windows and there is a time when the winds can really blow hard, but honestly that is not really a good reason to invest in double glazing. However, there is one big reason why double glazing can be used is for the non stop noise.
The Philippines is regurlarly voted as one of the noisiest countries in Asia, and that is really saying something. As mentioned in previous articles the noise from cars and loud motorbikes and speaking in very high voices day and night can become very frustrating. The noise of karaoke and cockerels are even more annoying and it does not matter how many sheep you count, they will not let you sleep.
The problem of the use of double glazing is the cost of the product and the cost of keeping the home cool if you install them. Remember the aircon is one of the most expensive items when it comes to cost of electricity.
Getting double glazing is not easy as there seems to be no one in the Philippines who actually manufacture it and therefore everything has to be imported at a high cost to the supplier and the end user. Of course, Double glazing is not a guarantee to no noise, it can only reduce it and that may not be enough for the noise pollution in your area.
Finding a supplier who has in stock the product you need is the first issue, finding someone who is really competent to fix it and be responsible for any issues is quite another. The tradesmen of the Philippines are mostly not as skilled and as able to complete the job as others in more developed countries. Things like guarantees and promises can be mostly ignored here.
So, you are left with the alternative ways to deal with the issue. Most people drain out the noise by having a fan at their bed and others rely on the great ear plugs to filter out the noise. Others have developed the ability to siesta in the afternoon when most of the community seem to have gone quiet.