A Complete Guide to Double Pane Windows

Double paned windows can be an excellent choice when it comes to replacement windows.  If you are looking to replace your windows, you probably want to know how much you will be spending.  Older windows are typically not very efficient, so most people want to get windows that are not just a single pane.  Single pane windows are really not the best at keeping out the drafts. Double pane windows can help to improve your energy efficiency, and can therefore be a big savings when it comes to your utility bills.  

Double pane windows are made up of two different pieces of glass.  They are separated by a spacer that helps to trap gas in between the panes.  This trapped gas can help to improve energy efficiency with your windows. The most common gasses found between double pane windows is krypton or argon.  The spacer also keeps the panes firmly together, and ensures a tight seal. This is why a lot of people really love double paned windows and opt for them over older single pane styles.

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The Average Cost of Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows are definitely going to be a bit pricier than single paned windows.  Typically, they will charge anywhere from $450 to $650 per window, including the cost of installation.  This can range, however, depending on the type of window. This is just considering a standard size window that has double paned glass, with a double hung sash and vinyl frame.  If you want something like wood for your frames, then you are going to look at spending upwards of $1000 per window. This can be up to $100 more if you are needing a new construction window put in.  

The actual cost of your double paned windows will vary a lot depending on different factors including the prices in your area and costs of labor around you.  There are a few factors to keep in mind. First, take a look at how many windows need to be replaced in your home. Next, consider the cost of labor in your area.  This depends on your local rates, the time of year, and how much of a workload the project entails. There are other additional features that you can choose for your windows, such as gas fillers, unique shapes, material, and more.  These features can affect the price as well. To get the best estimate, consider talking to a local contractor.

The Advantages of Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows definitely have their fair share of advantages.  First, they can help to keep out condensation. If you live in areas with extreme temperatures, condensation can be a problem.  Water can accumulate on the window. Double pane windows help to keep the condensation at bay. This is because the warm interior pane is not joined to the inner pane.  This keeps your windows from looking frosted.

Double pane windows also help to improve your insulation.  They keep the cooler air out in the winter time, and help to keep the air in during the warm summer months.  The extra layer of glass, paired with the gases used between the panes, help to ensure proper insulation.

If you live in an area that has a lot of noise, then double paned windows can really help to keep your home a lot more quiet.  The panes help to provide a bit of a sound barrier. While they are not sound proof, they can make a really big difference in how much sound gets into your home.  If you live near an airport, a train, a big city, or noisy neighbors, double paned windows can really be beneficial. Everyone needs their peace and quiet.


The Drawbacks of Double Pane Windows

So, what are the potential cons of going with double pane windows?  First, you really can’t just replace windows with double pane windows one at a time.  If you install just one double pane window, then you will still have draft issues with other single pane windows in the house.  This is why you need to get the most energy savings by replacing them all at once. This can be a problem for some people, considering they are not the cheapest windows on the market.  

Another drawback is that double pane windows are not always made with the highest quality standards in mind.  Sometimes, if you go with an inferior manufacturer, you will get windows that are not sealed properly, or not spaced properly.  If you get windows that are not manufactured properly, then you can have a whole lot of issues down the road. They won’t even have the advantages that you are looking for by choosing double pane windows.  This is why you should always choose a manufacturer that you can trust. This also usually means spending more money.

With that being said, it is also important that you opt for a professional installation.  Double pane windows are not a very easy DIY project. If even one measurement is wrong, you can mess up the entire functionality of your windows.  

Why Gas Fillers are a Good Idea

Gas fillers are actually a really good idea for double pane windows.  There is automatically going to be air between the panes. If you use a dense gas to fill this space, such as krypton or argon, then it helps to increase the insulating properties even further.  Argon gas is one of the most popular choices, because it is nontoxic, and it also doesn’t have any color or odor to it. If it happens to seep out of your window panes, it won’t hurt anything.

Choosing the Right Spacers for Your Windows

When you get double pane windows, you will want to make sure that you take a close look at the spacers that are used between the panes.  This can really make a big difference when it comes to their performance and efficiency. Warm edge spacers are actually the best spacers to choose.  They help to insulate, and prevent heat or cool from moving between the panes. This just makes them much more efficient.


Are Double Pane Windows a Good Investment?

If you currently have single pane windows in your home, and your energy bills are on the higher side, then double pane window replacements may be a good idea.  They can actually be well worth your investment. Sometimes, they will pay for themselves over time with the savings that you can get on your utility bills. The key is that you have to replace all of your windows if you want to see a difference.  You can’t just replace one here and there and expect it to be effective at insulating your home. Changing your windows out at the same time help to give you the best energy savings possible.

Double pane windows can also be a great way for you to increase the value of your home.  These days, people really want to figure out how to keep their home energy efficient. When people look to buy a new home, these are features they look for.  If you make these renovations to your windows, you may be able to get more for your home if you decide to put it on the market.

nsure a Good Warranty on Your Windows

No matter what type of windows you are looking for, you will want to make sure that you get a good warranty on them.  Windows are not cheap, so you want them protected in case something happens to them. The truth is, not all windows are made with the same quality standards.  Some are going to be superb, while others sub par. Before you buy windows, look for a manufacturer that backs their products 100%. A lifetime or double lifetime warranty is usually what you want to look for.  This gives you the most protection.

Reading the information about the warranty is important too.  Not all warranties cover the same things. Get a detailed description of what the warranty covers and what it doesn’t cover.  This will ensure that there are no surprises down the road if you try to cash in on your warranty. Some warranties may even offer a double lifetime warranty, which means it would be transferable to a new homeowner down the road.  This is a good investment, as it helps to improve the home’s value as well.

Choosing the Right Window Expert

When it comes to having your windows installed, you will want to go with an expert in the industry.  Installing windows is not an easy feat. It requires precision in measurement, and also requires a lot of focus and time.  If you hire someone that is just trying to get the job done as quickly as they can, there can be room for errors. You don’t want errors when it comes to your replacement windows.  You want the job done right the first time around so that you can start taking advantage of the benefits that come along with double pane windows.

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