In 1966 when England won the world cup, Selectaglaze was established and began its life working out of an office in Harrow-on- the- Hill with just four staff and a workshop in Harefield, before moving to St Albans in 1972. Several moves later, Selectaglaze has its roots firmly in St. Albans, has expanded to over 90 staff and continues to evolve its secondary glazing systems to meet the varying needs of a huge range of clients.
Continuing as a family run business and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze prides itself on the quality of its products and the technical knowledge it offers clients.
From modest beginnings with 3 simple styles of secondary glazing, one finish and 3 glass options Selectaglaze now offers more than 20 styles with thousands of combinations of finishes and glass as well as curves and shapes to suit all types of window. Every unit is bespoke and tailored to the requirements of each individual project.
Over the years Selectaglaze has worked in buildings from cottages to castles and notable projects from the Hoover Building to Windsor Castle, the Supreme Court to the Bank of England. Working alongside architects, interior designers and contractors Selectaglaze has tackled all manner of challenges, from windows that are over 4.5 meters high, to those that are difficult to physically access and in all sorts of unusual shapes.
Selectaglaze’s secondary glazing is designed to make buildings warmer, quieter and safer.
Fitting secondary glazing can reduce heat loss by up to 50% as it traps an insulating layer between the primary and secondary windows. The use of high performance seals helps to virtually eradicate draughts and when low-E glass is used, a U-value of about 1.8 is possible creating a warmer and more comfortable environment.
Acoustic tests demonstrate that a sound reduction of 45dB is readily achievable and exceptional performance up to 55dB is possible using specialist products, ideal when buildings are near busy traffic routes or bustling nightlife.
In today’s world there is a constant worry for safety, from break-ins to acts of terrorism. Secondary glazing can be used as a second barrier to entry and with careful design it will create a substantial deterrent to intruders, offer blast mitigation and even protect against firearms. Selectaglaze’s secure range of products has been extensively tested to demanding standards. The products are Police Preferred Specifications under the “Secured by Design” initiative.
Celebrating its fiftieth birthday, Selectaglaze looks forward to many more years evolving and designing new products that will help keep our buildings, warmer, quieter and safer.