This is one of the big questions we get from homeowners who need replacement windows. They want to know if the extra pane of glass makes a difference in efficiency and whether it is worth the extra cost. This confusion stems from the fact that there is not a solid consensus among window professionals on the subject. Some companies only sell triple-pane. Others suggest it simply is not worth it. The truth is, it isn’t as simple as calculating cost to efficiency. It depends on what features are most important to you in replacement windows. These are the things you want to think about:
Triple panes will be more energy efficient. But this doesn’t mean replacement windows will cut your energy bill in half. Compared to double-paned windows, triple-paned can only save about 2 to 3 percent more. It will take 10 to 20 years to recoup the additional cost. That said, if you are currently losing more than 11 percent of your energy because of faulty windows, the savings will be more significant.
Here is one where double and triple panes perform almost equally. Generally, the sound transmission coefficient (STC) rating shows there is not much difference between the two types of replacement windows, which is surprising. If you live by an airport or freeway, and noise pollution is a concern, look at laminated glass with a low STC rating and not just the number of window panes.
Triple-pane windows are more resistant to condensation. This is a big concern in cooler climates and in newer homes that retain more moisture in colder months. Speaking of moisture and condensation, a common myth about triple-pane windows is that they are more likely to have seal failure. That is not true. Also, triple-pane units are not more prone to failure because they are too heavy.
Do you like to allow more natural light into your home? If so, then there is a subtle difference between triple and double pane windows. Double-pane replacement windows will allow more natural light into your home. Three panes of glass means more coatings the sun must get through. Not always a bad thing, but still a consideration.
This is another improvement triple panes have over double. More glass means more work for any kind of intruder. Granted, it isn’t impossible to break through triple-pane replacement windows. But it is certainly more difficult, takes more time, and is more likely to draw attention.
This is usually the leading reason why homeowners choose triple pane replacement windows. Triple panes provide the highest level of comfort for your home. On any given day, the interior glass on a triple-pane window will be within two or three degrees of the wall temperature. Depending on the outdoor temperature, double-pane windows will always be hotter or colder to the touch. Triple panes also cut down on convection currents and drafts. So in the winter, you can enjoy sitting in proximity to a window without freezing. Lastly, because of a better condensation rating, you can keep a higher, more comfortable indoor humidity without fogging the windows.
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Whether you choose double or triple-pane windows, replacement windows in Lake Oswego, OR will be a huge improvement. Call our office today at 503-554-5500 or drop by 516 E. 2nd St., Newberg, OR 97132 to look at your options.