What Does DG Mean In Property?

When talking about the meaning of DG in property we DON’T mean ‘by the grace of god’ or ‘director general’.

The meaning of DG in property is simple:

The acronym DG stands for double glazing when talking about property or real estate, so if you see the term on a Rightmove listing then that’s what it means. 

What Is Double Glazing?

Come on now, you already know this. 

Double glazing is two panes of glass separated by a layer of air or inert gas.

This is as opposed to single glazing where there is just one pane of glass between the inside and outside of the home. 

How Many Properties Have Double Glazing In The UK?

Around 50 years ago in the 1970s double glazing was present in less than 10% of UK homes, but as of 2021 around 87.5% of homes have full double glazing throughout the property.

Why Do People Use Double Glazing In The UK?

We use double glazing in UK properties because it provides:

Improved Insulation

Energy Efficiency

Less Condensation

Noise Reduction

Improved Insulation

Insulation is improved by double glazing compared to using single-pane windows. 

The layer in between the two two panes of glass acts as a thermal barrier so there’s less heat transfer between the inside and the outside of the property. 

So this works both in the summer and winter months to our advantage.

In the summer, double glazing can help keep the inside of the house cooler if it’s really hot outside, and in the winter it keeps the inside of the house warmer. 

Although in the UK we mainly use it because of our cold winters.

Energy Efficiency

Since double glazing provides better insulation it means we can spend less heating homes in the UK so the property becomes more energy efficient. 

Less condensation

Double glazing reduces the chance of condensation on windows when it’s cold outside.

This is because the inner pane of glass is warmer than the one on the outside.

Noise Reduction

Noise is reduced when using double glazing. 

This works in both directions. 

The additional layer of glass reduces noise leaving the property and noise entering the property from outside… unless your window is open that is. 

Don’t go blaming your double glazing for noise complaints if you have a boink with the window open. 

There’s a lot of noise when it comes to property news too.

But you can avoid that.

The best way to only hear the unmissable stories is to join the Weekly Beacon Free Property Newsletter.

Further Reading

Another acronym that is often seen with DG is GCH which stands for Gas Central Heating.