The average person will only replace the windows in their home a few times in their lifetime. As a result, many people do not know or understand which windows are the right option for their homes. Thankfully, resources like Angi (formerly Angie’s List) provide helpful information so you can decide which window upgrades or replacements will work best for your home.
What Are Triple Pane Windows?
Triple pane windows get their name from literally having three panes. A pane is a single layer of glass that separates the inside of your home from the outside of the house. Double and triple pane windows have a layer of argon gas in between the layers of glass to help insulate the room. This gas is colorless and odorless, but it helps minimize the transfer of heat — so the room stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
The Benefits of Triple Pane Windows
Triple pane windows add another layer of glass, making them even more efficient than double pane windows. In fact, they are roughly 20% more efficient than a double pane window. They are also about 50% more efficient compared to a single pane window. Triple pane windows are also less prone to condensation.
The Drawbacks of Triple Pane Windows
Triple pane windows do not help with sound any more than a double pane window. They are also heavier, which can cause problems if the structure of your home cannot support the additional weight.
Perhaps the biggest downside of triple pane windows is that they are much more expensive than single and double pane windows. They are both more expensive to install and repair. So, are triple pane windows worth the investment?
Comparing Triple Pane Windows and Double Pane Windows
Between triple pane windows and single pane windows, triple pane windows are the easy choice, even if they are more expensive. However, in most areas, window replacement professionals will tell you that double pane windows are often the best option if they are available. Double pane window repair is also easier and less expensive too.
A double pane window will cost significantly less than a triple pane window. The difference between the two in terms of energy savings and the like is generally not significant enough to pay the extra cost.
In many cases, it will take between 15 to 25 years for homeowners to see a return on their investment in triple pane windows. That means that if you plan on staying in the same place for upwards of 15 years, then triple pane windows might be a good option. Otherwise, a double pane window will likely make more sense from a cost-benefit perspective.
It is worth noting that installing triple pane windows can be a good selling feature, especially if you live in a colder climate.