As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
If you're planning to get replacement windows for your home, you may wonder if you should get double-pane or triple-pane windows. If you have old single-pane windows now, both options would be a vast improvement when it comes to energy efficiency. Here are some things to know about each type of replacement window that might help you make your decision:
Triple-Pane Replacement Windows
Triple-pane windows cost more than double-pane models and that's one reason they aren't as popular. You'll have to decide if the extra cost will be worth it for the comfort and energy savings you'll enjoy. Even if you don't live in your house long enough to get your money back through lower heating and cooling bills, you'll still get to enjoy each winter with fewer chilly drafts thanks to the insulating ability of triple-pane windows.
Triple-pane windows are made with three panes of glass with gas between them that acts as insulation. The extra pane of glass and insulation also helps reduce noise from the street. You might want triple-pane windows in rooms that face the street and put double-pane windows in other rooms of your house if you want to save money on your replacement windows.
Triple-pane windows are also heavier than other windows, so you'll want the contractor to make sure they won't be too heavy for your home. While the three panes of glass make the window heavier, they improve insulation so condensation may not be as much of a problem as it could be with double-pane windows.
Double-Pane Replacement Windows
Double-pane windows may not insulate as well as triple-pane glass, but they are much better at insulating than single-pane windows. Double-pane windows are a popular choice for replacement windows since they are more affordable than windows with three glass panes. You'll still get the benefit of enhanced insulation and sound muffling. If you don't live next to a busy area or street, then you may not even need your windows to block sound. Unless you live in a harsh climate, you may not need triple-pane windows for energy-efficiency reasons.
When you shop for new replacement windows, consider your local climate, the environment around your house, your budget, and the price of the windows. You may find double-pane windows are perfect for your home, and that you can enhance them by adding film that reduces heat transfer. However, if you have room in your budget and you want the best building materials in your home, then you may prefer having triple-pane replacement windows installed.Share
9 January 2020