When upgrading your home’s windows, double- and triple-pane windows both offer greater insulation and noise reduction than single-pane windows. When comparing these two outstanding options, it’s important to note not only their excellent qualities, but also consider where you’ll be placing them in your home. Both window options add comfort, energy efficiency, and beauty to your home.
Let’s dive into the details about the difference between double- and triple-pane windows so you can make a well-educated decision about which will best match your needs and desires.
Double Pane vs. Triple Pane Windows
Double pane windows – Another name for these is “dual pane windows” or “dual glazed windows” because they have two panes of glass. Typically, argon gas is placed between the panes to add insulation to the unit. The added layer of glass with a gap between the two panes creates an effective reduction in the amount of sound that passes through the windows and increases energy efficiency.
Triple pane windows – Also known as “triple glazed windows,” these windows have three panes of glass with gaps between them. Insulating argon gas is placed between the layers of glass, delivering even greater sound reduction and energy efficiency than double-pane windows. While double-pane windows are better than single pane, triple-pane windows are even better than double pane.
Energy Effi tciency
Double pane windows – Double-pane windows are more energy efficient than single pane, as they double the number of glass panes between your home interior and the exterior elements. Additionally, as mentioned above, they are filled with argon gas, bolstering their insulation properties and lowering your energy usage.
Triple pane windows – At 79% more efficient than single pane windows, Pella Lifestyle Series’ triple-pane windows are an outstanding choice. Here’s why:
- Low-E coating is applied to all Pella window glass to help reflect heat and make your home cozy by blocking the sun’s damaging UV rays. While both double- and triple-pane windows have Low-E glass, the three panes of glass keep even more of the UV rays out, so your home will be even more energy efficient during every season of the year.
- R-value measures how well a window insulates. The higher the R-value, the more insulating it is. Because of the extra layer of glass in triple-pane windows, they have a greater R-value than double-pane windows, making them the best long-term solution for energy savings.
Double pane windows – These cost-effective windows are the standard for Pella, delivering excellent features at an affordable price. They cost less than triple-pane windows and pay for themselves by saving you on energy bills throughout their lifetime.
Triple pane windows – The initial investment in triple-pane windows is greater than double-pane windows, but the extra features they add make them a wise choice. If you plan on living in your home for an extended period of time, why not indulge in a top-of-the-line choice like triple-pane windows?
Noise Reducing Properties
Your home should be a peaceful place to reboot, and noise reducing windows can help with that! Sound Transmission Class (STC) measures the sound isolation of windows. The higher the STC rating, the better. While it’s not possible to totally soundproof a home, double- and triple-pane windows significantly lower the amount of outdoor noise penetration to the indoors, making your home more peaceful and its atmosphere more conducive to relaxation and rest. In fact, good windows block noise from cars, barking dogs, airplanes, machinery, and more. They can even help you sleep more soundly, making your days more productive as a result.
The more layers of glass you add, the greater the noise reduction indoors. Additionally, the thicker the glass, the greater the noise dampening sound at different frequencies inside your home. Triple-pane windows with different thickness in their glass widths will deliver the highest STC rating of all your options.
Both double-pane and triple-pane windows can have blinds and shades between the glass, and grilles (decorative pieces that divide a windowpane into smaller sections) between the glass. This makes for easy maintenance for both options, protecting them from dust and damage. The window’s surface stays smooth and simple to clean when blinds, shades, and grilles are located safely below the glass.
Both double- and triple-pane windows come in a variety of materials:
- Wood – for genuine warmth and charm
- Fiberglass – for durability and low maintenance
- Vinyl – a cost-effective option that insulates well
Factors to Consider when Choosing Between Double- and Triple-Pane Windows
How Long Will You Live in Your Current Home?
The length of time you plan on staying in your current home will weigh in when determining which window type you desire. As part of the decision process, consider the time it takes to recoup your investment in double- or triple-pane windows.
What Type of Window Works Best in Your Climate?
The weather in Indy can be pretty brutal with cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers. You’ll save significantly on utility bills with new windows. And triple-pane windows will give you the most savings as they come with more insulation and a higher R-value. Double-pane windows work well in moderate climates, while triple-pane windows work best for extreme climates.
Where Will the Windows Be Installed in Your Home?
Double-pane windows should be installed in south and west-facing rooms, while triple-pane windows are best fitted in your north and east-facing rooms.
Update Your Home with Gorgeous New Windows
Premium windows are just part of the equation when it comes to durable, long-term window solutions. The second vital ingredient for optimal success is a detailed installation by an experienced window contractor. JD Hostetter is a Pella Elite Platinum Certified Contractor, which is the highest level of certification available for this high-quality window’s high-standard installation. Take a moment to learn more about how our window services can add warmth to your home this winter while saving you on energy bills.