The Triple Glazed Temptation: Is It Right for You?

triple-pane-windowsYou’ve lived much of your life in the Greater Toronto Area. You know how cold it can get during the winter. You’ve probably lived in at least one apartment or house that had drafty windows and doors and made it difficult for you to stay warm and comfortable without breaking the bank.

Now that you own your home, you realize the value in replacing those old, worn out windows. Getting replacement windows is a significant investment that can pay dividends for many years to come.

When you begin shopping around for replacement windows, you come across terms you might not have been familiar with before, including double glazed and triple glazed glass.

The glazing essentially refers to the number of layers of glass (the panes of glass) that exist on the window itself. A double glazed window, which happens to be the most common type of window for most homes, consists of two panes of glass with a space between them. That space is vacuum sealed, or sealed with a gas, including argon or krypton.

This ‘glazing’ helps to improve energy efficiency by cutting down on the amount of cold air that gets compressed through the various panes of glass.

Triple glazed windows consist of three different layers of glass, two spaces between them that are vacuum sealed or sealed with argon or krypton gas. What’s the difference? Triple glazed windows are significantly more energy efficient than double glazed windows. In fact, triple glazed windows that are sealed with krypton gas are up to 86 percent more energy-efficient than single pane windows.

The reason most homeowners don’t have triple glazed windows installed in their home, though, is a matter of expense and weight. The weight of these windows is significantly more than double glazed windows, as is the cost.

If you can afford triple glazed windows in your home and can handle the added weight on those exterior walls, it can be a great investment that will help to cut down on your heating expenses every month for many years to come. It’s a matter of personal preference, though. If you want to enjoy a considerably more energy-efficient home, then talk to an experienced window and door specialist about triple glazed windows today.