Homeowners in Colorado Springs interested in strengthening their home’s energy performance are often attracted to double or triple pane replacement windows. Not only does the extra layer work to insulate the home, but gas fillings or low-e coatings in between the glass help to slow airflow from one side of the window to the other.
But are double pane windows enough? On the other hand, are triple pane windows too much? Here we’ll do a side-by-side comparison of the pros and cons of both.
A double pane window is a window with two glass panes and a spacer in between them. Sometimes low-e coatings are applied to the glass, while other times non-toxic gases such as argon or krypton fill the space to slow the flow of air between the panes of glass, cutting down on air leakage, and therefore lowering your energy bills. It also protects your home from heat loss, which comes in handy during winter. The space between the glass panes needs to be exact for double pane windows to achieve the desired energy performance.
Double pane windows are almost always less expensive than triple pane windows on the simple principle that they require less materials to manufacture. Combined with energy savings, these windows make for an excellent value. It also allows more sunlight into the room than triple pane windows, because there are fewer coatings to get through. However, it’s less resistant to condensation than triple pane windows and in the coldest months of the year, two panes might not be enough. If that’s the case, you might consider…
Triple pane windows are essentially the same as double pane windows, except that there are three glass panes and two spacers. These windows are typically chosen for matchless comfort and energy performance. In the coldest months of the year, these windows can ensure that your home stays comfortable and you still save on your energy bills. Because of their high energy performance, they have a stronger resistance to condensation.
Triple pane windows are stronger than double pane windows, but they do cost more and not all homeowners feel that they can justify the added cost. They’re also heavier than double pane windows, so it’s important that your home can bear the weight. They also typically let in less sunlight, but this problem can be rectified with Solar Ultra S glass as used in Zen Windows’ Lotus windows.
Ultimately, it comes down to how much comfort you want for your home and what your budget looks like. At Zen Windows in Colorado Springs, we offer both double and triple pane windows in high quality and sleek contemporary styles. When you know which one is right for you, contact us for a free quote.