Reasons to Consider Triple-Glazed Windows

It is every homeowner’s wish to make their home as energy-efficient as possible. It is for this reason that many people have switched to double-glazed windows and ditched single-glazing. This was even before building regulations discouraged/disapproved of the use of single-glazing in modern homes, with listed properties the only exception. While double-glazing was once the best there was, it has since been overtaken by triple-glazing. Triple-glazing offers superior performance, hence it is the perfect choice for the energy-conscious homeowner. Is triple-glazing worth the cost, one may ask? Here are some of the reasons to make the switch.

1. The Difference Between Double- and Triple-Glazing

Triple glazing offers two air pockets as compared to one pocket for double glazing. The second pocket of air provides better and improved insulation, especially with more modern buildings featuring large and extensive glass windows, roof lights, and sliding doors. With modern homes and building taking on large feature windows, double-glazing seems ineffective for such large windows. One of the reasons is that more heat will penetrate through a glass window than an entirely insulated wall. The only solution is to make the windows more energy efficient, hence triple glazing.

2. A More Energy Efficient Home

Almost all modern homes designed to be energy efficient has triple glazing installed. Triple glazing has also become standard in the northern (colder) parts of Europe, and for a good reason. This technology offers the highest level of insulation, thus keeping all the harsh weather elements out. The full advantages of triple glazing can, however, only be realized if the installation is done perfectly with no gaps around them. Homes with triple glazing installed are thus more energy efficient when compared to those with double glazing. You will, however, have to pay about 20{223256d28002a39a1ca33438c3586d09829c09d91292b320b3e699d5c77136f7} more for the high-spec windows.

3. Noise and Security Benefits

Triple-glazing makes glass harder, hence almost impossible to break. This thus reduces the risk of smash-and-grab incidents in your home. Triple glazing also helps improve sound insulation significantly, as they are virtually soundproof windows. This can prove beneficial if living in a noisy neighbourhood or simply love the acoustics. You might want to invest in secondary glazing if you are looking for even better acoustics.

4. Additional Benefits

In addition to the 3 layers of glass improving insulation, manufacturers use an inert gas (e.g., argon) in the gaps between to improve its energy efficiency. Inert gas is considerably less conductive than air, another reason triple and double-glazed windows are more energy-efficient.

Manufacturers use a special kind of glass (Low E glass) with an invisible metal oxide coating for improved insulation. The metal oxide helps prevent heat loss from the house, thanks to its heat-reflective properties.

Window panes with plastic composite as spacers offer better heat insulation as compared to aluminium. The plastic spacer reduces the glass’ heat transfer significantly; another reason many people prefer triple glazing to double glazing.

5. Is It Worth the Money/Effort?

Triple-glazing is commonly preferred and recommended for people in colder regions. Its thermal performance in a colder climate is considerably better than for milder and warmer climate. Triple-glazing is also recommended for modern homes with optimal air tightness and adequate insulation. It might thus not perform equally for older homes with insulation problems.

The process of manufacturing glass is an energy-intense exercise. It would help if you thus weighed the pros and cons of having the extra pane, and its benefits, before making the final decision. It all boils down to how energy-efficient you wish your home to be.