Single Pane, Double Pane or Triple Pane Windows?
When it comes to what type of windows you should have installed, the most important decision that you are likely to make is how many panes you should have. Windows can be single pane (although this is increasingly rare), double pane (meaning that they have two panes of glass), or triple pane (meaning that they have three panes of glass), and the number of panes that a window has can dramatically affect its performance.
If you’re shopping for new windows, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Windows with more than one pane increase efficiency by trapping air or gas between the panes (which provides insulation).
- Single pane windows are the most affordable but they do not offer the energy efficiency that newer, multi-pane windows offer. They do, however, allow in the most sunlight.
- If you have single pane windows, having storm windows installed can help reduce heat and energy loss.
- Double pane windows (or double glazed windows, as they are also called), can be up to 50% more efficient than single pane windows.
- Triple pane windows (which are also called triple glazed windows) can be up to 90% more efficient than single pane windows.
- Double and triple pane windows can have different gasses inserted between their layers, which further increases energy efficiency.
- Double and triple pane windows aren’t just more energy efficient than single pane windows, they’re also good for noise insulation.
It is important to note that although double and triple pane windows offer dramatic benefits in terms of energy efficiency, they are also more expensive than single pane windows. In general, however, this increased cost is returned in reduced utility bills and increased property values.
Different Types of Gasses and Window Treatments
For homeowners who want to maximize the energy efficiency of their new or replacement windows, gas-filled window panes are an option. Typically, windows are filled with one of two gasses:
- Argon gas
- Krypton gas
Window pane glass can also be treated to reflect heat, further increasing its energy efficiency. Treatments like Low E coatings and films can be quite effective in making double and triple pane windows even more efficient. In fact, some estimates say that double pane windows treated with low E glass can reduce energy loss by as much as 50% over non-treated double pane windows.
Our Single, Double, and Triple Pane Installation Services
If you’re looking for new or replacement windows, we can help. We have nearly 30 years of experience installing windows in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Waukesha and Racine counties.
Call us today at (414) 840-5211 for a free estimate.