Double Pane Vs. Triple Pane Windows: How To Choose

When you're tired of dealing with constant broken latches, leaking frames, and draftiness, it's time to stop repairing and start replacing the windows in your home. Although many older homes still have single-pane windows, most window installation companies today offer much more energy-efficient options. While the most common is the double pane window, there are also triple-pane windows available. But is that extra pane really worth it? Here are the most important factors to consider as you make your choice.  


For many people on a budget, the deciding factor is usually cost. Should you choose a decent product at a cheaper price or splurge for a more expensive product that might perform better in the long run? On average, you can expect to pay around 10% to 15% more for that extra pane of glass when all is said and done. That includes the upfront cost but also factors in the energy savings you'll get through the increased efficiency.  

Energy Efficiency

One reason that people splurge for triple-pane windows over double pane is for the added efficiency of the third pane. But is the extra efficiency enough to warrant spending a significant amount more than for double pane? Here are some things to consider. Double and triple-pane windows are made of tempered glass. The space between each pane is filled with an insulating inert gas, like argon or krypton. A triple pane window adds one more layer of both glass and insulating gas so you're not just paying for more glass.  


When considering whether the added energy efficiency of an extra pane is important enough to justify the extra cost, you need to consider your climate. If you live in a Mediterranean climate with mild summers and winters, a triple pane window might be overkill. However, if you live in an area with more extreme temperatures such as very hot summers or bitterly cold subzero winters, the added efficiency of the third pane may be worth the cost.  


Another factor that will influence your choice is noise. That's because triple-pane windows add increased soundproofing. If you live in a busy urban or suburban area with a lot of traffic and noise, adding a third pane can help reduce the outside noise that leaks into your home. However, if your home is more rural or you're not as worried about noise pollution, the double-pane may provide enough noise reduction for your needs.

For more information, contact a company near you providing services such as home window replacement.