Double Pane Vs. Triple Pane Windows

by Anne Madison

If you're buying new windows, you may wonder if you need to consider triple-pane glass. In most cases, double-pane windows will be your best option, but triple-pane occasionally makes more sense.

Identification

Double-pane and triple-pane refer to the number of glass sheets in a single window opening, either two or three. In either case, there's air or a gas locked between the panes, adding insulation.

Benefits

The major benefit of triple- over double-pane glass is greater insulation. There's also less sound transfer.

Drawbacks

Triple-pane windows cost about 25 percent more than comparable double-pane windows. They're also heavier and more awkward to use.

Comparison

Double-pane windows may increase your energy efficiency by 50 percent over single-pane, but triple-pane windows only add another 20 percent efficiency over double-pane. Unless you live in a very cold climate, this probably doesn't justify the extra cost.

Considerations

Whichever type of windows you buy, consider having them glazed with a UV coating. This increases energy efficiency without adding much to your overall cost.

About the Author

Anne Madison has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her fiction has appeared in several magazines, including "Let's Worship" and "Drama Ministry." She has published numerous articles on eHow and other websites.