Your Guide to Triple Pane Windows

If you are looking into replacing your windows, or having new windows installed in a new construction home, then you may wonder whether triple pane windows are worth your investment.  The truth is, triple pane windows are going to be a bit pricier than the double pane windows. This is because they are made with three separate pieces of glass, rather than just two.

So, should you opt for double pane or triple pane windows?  Single pane windows are really just a thing of the past, because they do not help to keep out drafts and do not offer much insulation for your home.  Double pane windows have two separate pieces of glass that are separated by air or gas. Triple pane windows are similar, only they have three pieces of glass, each separated by air or gas.  So, which one is right for you?

Triple pane windows can be worth your investment, especially if you are considering the long term.  These windows are likely to last much longer than single or double panes. If you plan to live in your home for a decade or longer, then you will want to consider triple pane windows.  Over time, they will more than pay for themselves with the energy savings. This is why window manufacturers are making windows with multiple glass panes.

Many of these triple pane windows are also glazed with a low E coating.  The low E coating can help to increase the energy efficiency of the windows. You can also get argon gas put in between the layers of glass to help make the windows even more efficient.  This is used in both double and triple pane windows.

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The Cost of Triple Pane Windows

Triple pane windows have a reputation for being pretty expensive.  Most of the time, these windows will pay for themselves by saving you on heating and cooling, but this can take time.  You can expect to pay at least ten percent more, sometimes upwards of 15 to 20% more, than you would pay for double pane windows.  Sometimes, it can take up to 30 years to fully get your money back in savings.

The average cost of triple pane windows is anywhere between $550 and $850, including the fees for installation.  This is, if you get a standard sized window, with triple pane glass, and vinyl frames. If you get more expensive frames, such as wooden frames, the price can be much higher.  On average, triple pane windows with wooden frames will be anywhere between $900 and $1250. This can also vary, depending on your local region and the cost of labor. It will also be a bit more if you are having new windows put in on a new construction home.

Here are some other things that you may need to know in order to get an accurate cost for your new windows:

  • The actual number of windows that you need to have replaced or built in your home.
  • The cost of labor can vary based on your local labor rates, the time of year, and the amount of work that needs to be done for your project.
  • The type of window can also make a difference in the cost.  For instance, some frames will cost more, different shaped or sized windows may cost more, and additional add on features, such as gas fillers and glass coating may also increase your cost.

To really get a good idea of the cost of your new windows, it is a good idea for you to have a professional come out and give you an estimate.  Most contractors will do free estimates in their local area, and this gives you an idea as to how much you will have to pay.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Triple Pane Glass

Triple pane windows definitely have their fair share of benefits.  First, you will find that this type of glass does not experience condensation as much.  They are more resistant to it, due to the fact that condensation occurs when the temperature from the windows is far different from the temperature outside.  Since there are multiple panes, they are more resistant to this condensation.

Windows with three panes can also be beneficial if you live in an area where the climate gets really cold.  Keeping the heat in and the cold out will definitely help when it comes to lowering your energy costs, thus making your home more energy efficient.  On top of that, triple pane windows can also make your home more valuable. If you are considering doing updates to your home that will increase the value of your home, then triple pane windows may be a good idea.  

Triple pane windows also have their fair share of drawbacks.  First, they tend to be more expensive. In fact, while you will save on your heating and cooling costs, you will not usually make this savings back for a decade or more.  

On top of being more expensive, these windows are also a lot heavier than windows with only a single or double pane.  Not all window frames will be able to support this weight. This is why it is so important for you to talk to a professional installer about what will be best suitable for your frames.  

Finally, you will not really see too much noise reduction with the triple pane windows.  That is, not much more than you would already get from double paned windows. If you want to cut back on the noise in your home, then you will want to look for windows that have been laminated, because they really do help to reduce noise.

Know the Types of Gas Fillers

Gas fillers are important when it comes to your triple pane windows.  The gas between the windows can play a pretty big role in your energy efficiency.  This is why you need to look into the various types of gas that are used. Some of the best gases are Argon gas and krypton gas.  These gases are used to insulate because they are clear, and they don’t have any sort of odor. They are also not toxic, which means that they are safe – even if the gas leaks. Krypton is probably the superior of the two, mainly because it is more insulating than the other options.  

Choosing the Right Type of Spacer

The gas fillers that go in between the layers of glass really help to insulate, but the problem is that the spacers that are used may actually let some of this gas escape.  Warm edge spacers are the best type of spacer to get, since they do help to slow down the heat, and also helps to add to the energy efficiency of your home. This also helps the gas fillers to be more effective, since it keeps the gas trapped between the panes.  Low quality spacers can really make your windows drafty, and lead to other problems down the road. This can be avoided with the right spacers.

Choosing Your Protective Coating

Another important factor to consider when you are getting new windows is the protective coating on the glass.  Low e coatings are a great way to improve the insulation, as they reflect the heat away from your house during the summer months, and they help to keep the heat inside during the winter by pushing it back into the home, rather than allowing it to escape.  Each layer of the glass can be coated, adding even more insulation and energy efficiency.

You can choose from a variety of different coatings, including low E coatings.  Most of these coatings are invisible, so they will not take away from your ability to see in and out of your windows.  Look into glaze coatings and other protective coatings that can be applied to your windows to make them more efficient.

Ready to Learn More About Triple Pane Windows?

If you want to learn more about triple pane windows, then it will be a good idea for you to talk to a contractor in your area.  They will be able to come out to your home and take a look at your options, so that you can see what windows will work best for you.  They can also answer any questions that you may have, and they will be able to give you an estimate on the cost of the project.

Your contractor will take care of the entire project, from start to finish.  They will start by coming out and taking a look at your home, and your existing windows.  They will be able to take measurements, adjust your framework, and ensure that your windows have a tight fit and an air tight seal.  This is necessary when it comes to ensuring that your windows are worth your investment. Without an air tight seal, you will find that air comes in and out of your home no matter how many window panes you have.  This can make your entire investment worthless.

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