Are you having trouble deciding between triple pane windows and double pane windows for your home renovation project? Are you wondering if the additional expense of triple pane windows is worth it? Will there be a payback, and if so how long will it take to recover the additional cost of installing triple pane windows? If you are asking yourself these questions you are not alone. I wish there was a hard and fast, simple answer, but unfortunately the best choice for you depends on your personal situation and a variety of other factors.
Some window installation contractors say installing triple pane windows is the only way to go and that is the only thing they offer. Other contractors say they don’t see the benefits and they only offer double pane windows. So, as you can see there is no easy answer, and no real consensus among window contractors and their peers.
The Truth about Triple Pane Windows
The punch line, in my opinion, is that triple pane windows are the better choice. This is especially true if you plan to live in your current home for the next 10 to 20 years. The 10 to 20-year range is a rough rule of thumb for the time it takes to recoup the additional cost. Now if your more concerned about comfort than cost, and you live in a cold northern climate, the choice is clear; triple pane windows it is!
While we can’t say that there is a dramatic difference between double and triple pane glass, both are far superior to single pane windows. The term “dramatic improvement” would be an understatement when comparing any insulated glass windows to conventional single pane glass.
Pros & Cons of Triple Pane Windows:
- Energy Efficiency: I hate to state the obvious, but triple pane windows will outperform single and double pane glass every time. All things being equal of course.
- Condensation: Triple pane glass will reduce the amount of condensation that would otherwise accumulate on the inside of your windows.
- Resale Value: Upgrading to triple pane glass will boost the resale value of your home.
- They are Heavier: Once the windows are installed the extra weight won’t really matter, but for the poor guy carrying the windows up 3 flights of stairs, he will notice that they are much heavier.
- Limited Noise Reduction: Ok, technically this isn’t a con, but if you were hoping that a triple pane window would reduce the noise level inside your home, think again. There may be some improvement in noise reduction with triple pane glass. However, windows specifically engineered to reduce noise levels have additional features incorporated into their design.
- Extended Payback: The financial return on investment for triple pane windows can be slightly longer than that of their double pane counterparts. This isn’t always the case, and can be too close to call depending on where you live.
Do you want to learn more about the subtle differences between triple pane windows and double pane windows, and what is best for your specific application? Contact, One Source Glass LLC at OneSourceGlass.com or give us a call at (815)-725-7033.