Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Double Pane Vs. Triple Pane Windows

Stabilizing the temperature in your home can depend greatly on how efficiently your windows are working. If you’re blasting the heat in the winter and the house is still cold, or the opposite in the summer, your windows may be letting out the air that you’re trying to cool or heat your home with. If you think it’s time for new windows, consider the fact that there are single pane, double pane, and triple pane to choose from.

Since single pane windows don’t protect as well from outside sounds, heat or cold, we prefer the choices of double and triple paned windows. Right off the bat, you’d think that triple pane windows are better than double pane, right? Well, sometimes that’s the case, sometimes it isn’t. Both types of windows have their pros and cons, and these factors can help you make your decision on which type is best for your home.
Triple pane glass

First, it’s important to distinguish the difference between double and triple paned windows so you can better decided which type you want. Both types of windows use a gas that is sandwiched between the panes, the only difference being that the triple pane window has an extra layer of glass and gas on the inside. The purpose of the gas is to temper the transfer of warm or cold air through the window, gradually helping to heat or cool your home or business. 

As we stated above, there are pros and cons to both double and triple paned windows. Double paned windows are lightweight, efficient enough to be sufficient for most homes, and are priced fairly moderately. However, if you live in an area that gets incredibly hot in the summer and snows in the winter, they may not be enough to keep your house or office’s temperature comfortable. 
Double pane glass

This may be an instance where you’d want to consider triple paned windows. Triple paned glass is incredibly efficient, providing better insulation a better sound barrier than other types of glass. Just like double paned glass, these windows also have a downside. Triple pane windows cost considerably more than other types of windows. They’re also heavier, making them harder to install and open when you want some fresh air. 

While both are better for your home than simple single pane glass, double and triple pane windows are very similar. When making your decision, consider the area in which you live and if you think an investment in heavy duty windows is worth it. 

Most of the time, double paned windows will work just fine, so don’t lose sleep over this decision. Whether they’re double or triple paned, you’ll be hands down happier once your new windows are installed!


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