When looking to replace your windows or to furnish a new home with the right set of windows, you’ll likely come across a very common and pressing question: should you install double-pane or triple-pane windows? It’s an important question to ask, as it has bearing on the efficiency of your windows and the overall value of your investment as a whole.
First, a quick primer on what these types of windows actually are, and why they’re an important part of improving comfort and efficiency. Double- and triple-pane windows are what the industry calls IGUs, or Insulated Glass Units.
Rather than a single glass pane, these feature one or two extra panes, each holding an inert or noble gas sealed between them (most typically argon). This gas acts as a strong barrier against heat gain and heat loss, reducing the amount of air that flows between indoors and outdoors, and thus preserving the comfort level in your home.
The idea regarding triple-paned windows is a simple one: one more layer of insulation, one more barrier for heat loss and heat gain, thus making them more efficient. The benefits of this are actually many, including:
Looking at the information we have here, it is easy to say that triple-pane windows are the strongest option overall when it comes to efficiency, soundproofing, and longevity. However, it’s also worth noting that a triple-pane window is considerably more expensive than a double-pane window, and so the question becomes less “is it better?” and more “is it worth it for me and my home specifically?”
The answer to this will vary. There are two particularly important things to note about choosing triple-pane windows:
In order to find out which option works best for you and your needs, it is imperative that you choose a company that is interested in helping you—not just selling to you. Looking for professionals that can help you decide? Contact Quality Window & Door! Our goal is always to help clients make the right choice for them.
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