Single, Double, & Triple Pane Windows

When you’re choosing windows for your home, it might seem that your only concern is which design to choose, but in actuality, the windows that you choose for your custom home can affect your energy bill, interior lighting design, and much more.  When talking to your south Texas home builder, you will probably hear terms such as double or triple pane windows, casement, double hung, UV ratings, R-value, and more.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be tackling some of the common window jargon and helping you understand the best choice for your dream home.

What is the difference between a single, double, or triple pane window?

The difference between the three types is very straightforward.  Single pane windows have only one pane of glass and are not widely used anymore as they are not effective as insulation or durable.  Double pane windows have two panes of glass that are separated with a layer of gas.  Triple pane windows have three panes of glass that are each separated by a layer of gas.

What type of window should I choose for my home?

As we said above, single pane windows are not typically used in home construction and are not the best choice for your wallet.  Double pane windows are a great choice when it comes to insulating against sound and weather, they are also very durable and cost efficient.  Triple pane windows further increase all the benefits of a double pane window, but when you compare the higher cost (you will typically pay about 30% more for a triple pane window) and what you are gaining as a sound barrier and insulation, double pane windows are usually the better choice.  The money that you save on double pane windows you can put towards a few added luxuries that you perhaps have not yet considered.

A few extra tips

Though you will save money by not choosing triple pane windows, that doesn’t mean that you should try to save money when buying double pane windows.  A quality window is going to be a bit pricey but it will save you money in the long run.  A good, durable window will not need to be repaired or replaced for years.