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Double-Pane vs. Triple-Pane Glass

November 26, 2021

Double-Pane vs. Triple-Pane Glass

Choosing the right replacement windows for your home or commercial facility is not as easy as it sounds. With the countless options available in the market, selecting the right type of replacement windows can be intimidating to most property owners. One of the first questions most property owners have when getting a window replacement is whether they should go for double-pane or triple-pane windows.

If you’re in the market for replacement windows and wondering whether you should go for double-pane or triple-pane glass, this guide is for you.

What Is a Double-Pane Window?

As the name implies, double-pane windows have two panes of glass inserted into the frame of the window. These two layers are separated by a space of gas or air that creates a better insulating barrier. Also known as dual-pane windows, double-pane windows are ideal for homes located in places that experience extreme temperatures on both ends.

What Is a Triple-Pane Window?

Triple-pane windows consist of three panes of glass and two spacers filled with pockets of gas. These windows are considered the most advanced replacement windows on the market today thanks to their energy-efficient, soundproofing properties, and resistance to condensation.

Let’s look at how these two types of windows compare.

  • Energy Efficiency

While both double and triple-pane windows can increase energy efficiency throughout your home, triple-pane windows are a superior choice when it comes to energy efficiency. Double-pane windows reflect nearly 90% of energy, while triple-pane windows reflect about 97% of energy. If you live in a location that experiences extreme temperatures on both ends and energy savings is your top priority, you may have to go with triple-pane windows. 

  • Noise

There’s not so much difference between double-pane windows and triple-pane windows when it comes to noise reduction. This is because both types of windows have the same sound transmission class (STC) rating.  However, the ability of both types of windows to keep your home quiet depends on the quality of installation. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced handyman to help you with window replacement.

  • Cost

The average cost of a standard-sized double-pane window is anywhere between $450 and $600 per window plus the cost of installation. On the other hand, triple-pane windows typically cost from around $500 to upwards of $1,000. If you plan to live in your home for a long time, the energy savings that come with triple-pane windows can pay off. But if you plan to stay in your home for a short time, double-pane windows can be a more cost-effective option.

  • Security

Triple-pane windows are substantially stronger than double-pane windows, though this depends on the type of glass used in the windows. As you would expect, more panels equal more work for an intruder, so triple-pane windows are more secure.

Contact Beall Contracting for Window Replacement

Whether you are in need of window replacement or window repair, you’ll need to work with a knowledgeable and experienced handyman. At Beall Contracting, we offer reliable window replacement and many other handyman services.