Double glazing vs triple glazing

With up to 20 percent of the heat in your home being lost through your windows, it is no wonder that so many people are debating the pros and cons of triple glazing. Traditionally, triple glazing has been used in colder countries but many people in the UK are now also turning to triple glazing. This change is being driven by large energy bill savings but also because of the reduced demand for energy is kinder to the environment.

Choosing triple glazing will reduce your energy bills and your home will be both warmer and quieter.

Why is triple glazing better than single and double glazing?

Glass conducts heat pretty well, so if you only have a single pane of glass, then the heat within your home is quickly lost. Double glazing tackles this problem by creating an air gap between two panes of glass. However, even with double glazing a large amount of heat is still lost through the windows of your home.

Triple glazing creates two barriers between the three panes of glass. These barriers are filled with air or an insulating gas, such as argon. The panes of glass are then fitted into a sealed frame.

The configuration of triple glazing brings extra benefits into your home that you may not have previously considered:

  • Triple glazing is soundproofing – This means that more external noises are blocked out. This can be a great benefit to those who live on a busy road, are light sleepers or have a baby or an infant that is woken up by cars, shouting or other external noises.
  • Triple glazing is harder to break – This means that your home and the valuables within will be safer.
  • Triple glazing prevents condensation – This means that you are less likely to have a build up of condensation between the panes of glass, which can be a problem with double glazed units.

There are some considerations that need to be considered when choosing triple glazing over double glazing. Triple glazing is heavier and so a glazing technician will want to check that your walls are in good condition and able to support this extra weight. You may also find that triple glazing slightly reduces the amount of light that enters a room. This can be seen as a positive or negative factor, based upon the orientation of the window.

How much does triple glazing cost?

Without a survey of your home, it is impossible to say how much triple glazing will cost. Triple glazing is more expensive than double glazing but the extra investment is paid back fairly quickly, through your reduced energy bills. Other factors that affect the price of triple glazing, just like double glazing, include your choice of frame, window size and the style of the frame or glass.

For many people, the question today is not how much does triple glazing cost but can we afford to not have triple glazing?

Please contact Norman & Underwood Glazing today for a free quote or for further advice about the glazing type that is most suited to you and your home.