When shopping for new windows in Phoenix, you have a lot of decisions to make! Not only are there many different window types to choose from, but also various features that will impact the performance and efficiency of your windows. The four main factors to consider are the frame, glass, design and installation of the windows. A qualified window expert can help you with all of these decisions so that you allocate your resources appropriately.
In this post, we’re going to cover the differences between double-pane and triple-pane windows. Single-pane windows also exist, but they’re not our first choice because they’re not effective at keeping out noise or making your home efficient. And in the Phoenix heat, you definitely need the most efficient windows!
What are Double-Pane Windows?
Double-pane windows, also known as dual-pane or double-glazed windows, have two panes of glass. Typically, there’s an insulating argon gas between the panes, and the additional layer of glass acts as a sound barrier. This extra layer also improves efficiency.
High quality brands like Pella feature double-pane glass on all of their windows, as opposed to single-pane that only have one layer of glass. This means that when browsing their selection of windows, you can expect them all to have two panes of glass.
What are Triple-Pane Windows?
Triple-pane windows have three panes of glass. Like double-pane windows, there is a gap between the panels that is filled with argon gas. This insulating space delivers better efficiency and noise reduction. Triple-pane glass does not usually come standard – it is an upgrade and only available for certain windows.
As you can imagine, triple-pane windows cost more than double-pane windows. They cost more because of the extra material and a more complex manufacturing process. Research shows that double-pane windows will return your investment sooner, though triple-pane windows are a good investment if you plan to stay in your home for a long time.
Benefits of Double- and Triple-Pane Windows
Double-pane windows are far superior to single-pane windows. They insulate almost twice as well and offer superior noise reduction. You can even add unique upgrades to these windows, such as between-the-glass blinds, shades and grilles. When blinds and shades are tucked between the glass, they stay clean from dust and damage, which is why they are a worthwhile upgrade for busy households.
What double-pane windows can do, triple-pane windows can do better. They offer exceptional noise reduction and energy efficiency due to the extra layer of glass. You can also add blinds, shades and grilles in between the glass. And, for both double-pane and triple-pane windows, a low-E glass coating will reflect heat and keep your home more comfortable by blocking out UV rays.
Most of our customers choose double-pane glass windows because they do their job well while being more cost-effective. However, if you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time and are looking for greater efficiency and noise reduction, triple-pane glass windows are worth considering. To explore your options for new windows in Phoenix, contact Greco Roman Construction and Design today.