Are Triple pane windows really worth the investment?
Well the quick answer is there’s no real consensus among remodeling professionals on this issue. “One company says triple pane is the only thing they sell, and the next company says it’s not worth it and suggest double pane windows are the way to go.” So it leaves you ,the homeowner, wondering what is the real truth? From single, double to triple pane, does it really matter ? And are triple pane windows really worth the additional cost? Lets try to look at the Pros and Cons .
Double Pane Vs. Triple pane window
The bottom line is this – triple pane windows are worth the additional cost if you plan on living in your house for anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five more years. That’s how long the cost of the third pane will take to give you energy savings that equal their cost. Or if you just hate anything remotely close to a cold draft in the winter, go for the triple pane window as extra insurance against the cold air seeping inside.The thing is, triple pane windows with their three panes of glass, do a better job than double pane windows on preserving energy within your home. But, the third pane doesn’t really make that dramatic of a difference. With that said, we highly recommend double pane windows over single pane windows when living in a area subject to colder temperatures.
Triple-pane windows can be up to 20% more efficient than double-pane windows and up to 50 percent more efficient than single-pane windows. According to Glen Janiszewski, Director of Marketing Ply Gem, windows installed today are completely different than windows installed 20, 30 or 40 years ago. “The majority of heat loss is going to go through the glass,” Janiszewski told the Calgary Herald , which is why windows went from single pane sliding glass in the old days to double pane and now triple pane units.Also, Low E coatings and Argon gas or Krypton gas between layers to all the windows Exterior Energy Consultants carries significantly boost energy efficiency to further cut down on heat loss.
The pros of triple pane windows.
- Triple pane glass is more resistant to condensation.
- In colder climates, triple pane windows will help your home be more energy efficient.
- Installing triple pane windows can add value to your home.
The cons of triple pane windows.
- The additional pane doesn’t reduce outside noise any more than double pane windows. If you’re looking for noise reduction try laminated glass.
- Triple pane windows are heavier than double pane, so you need to make sure your home can handle the weight.
- Although they will help decrease your energy bill, it could take up to 15-25 years for them to pay off.
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