Differences Between Single, Double and Triple-Pane Windows

Home show displaying our double-pane windows or triple-pane windows.
A display from the home show.

If you’ve never looked for windows before and are just starting out, it can be overwhelming when you begin shopping. You will first need to decide if you want single, double or triple-pane windows.

Single-pane windows are as they sound, a single panel of glass. They are generally considered outdated though and most people would not consider replacing their windows with a single pane. Since they only offer a single layer, there is little insulation from the outdoor elements and often the house or building loses a lot of heat in the winter or cooler air in the summer from indoors.

Double-pane windows are two panes of glass, separated by a layer of gas. They are more efficient and the gas acts as insulation. In turn, this decreases the energy you will lose from your house and helps keep you more comfortable. Modern double-pane windows were created in 1952 and have been a good choice for many years.

Triple-pane windows, also known as triple-glazed windows, offer the highest efficiency and are similar to double pane. As the name suggests however, instead of two layers of glass, they have three.

Many times, the best option is double-pane windows. While single-pane windows just don’t offer much insulation and are not as durable, double-pane windows tend to really increase the energy efficiency and life of the windows. However, triple-pane windows do increase the window’s efficiency a bit by adding the extra layer. The best option really comes down to the customer’s specific house and needs. Triple-pane windows do cost more, and therefore may not warrant the extra costs associated. Each homeowner needs to evaluate what type may work best for their home.

If you are looking to increase the efficiency and comfort your windows give, call our Keller Window & Door today. Our experts can walk you through the options and find the windows that best fit your needs.

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