Windows are one of the most important parts of a home. Not only do they improve the aesthetics of a building drastically, they also provide a great number of practical purposes. They allow light to stream into our homes whilst keeping the elements at bay; particularly protecting us from wind and rain. They also serve the purposes of keeping heat inside the home, thus reducing energy bills and insulating us from the noise of the loud, busy outdoors.
When we think about windows in a modern home it’s fair to say that UPVC double glazing is the type that comes to mind here in the UK. All new homes come with double glazing as standard now and for years people have been scrambling to replace their old single glazed windows with modern double glazed ones. That standard looks set to move one step further in the couple of years to triple glazing.
What is Triple Glazing?
Triple glazing refers to glazing units that sandwich together 3 panes of glass; it’s the natural progression from double glazing which uses just two panes of glass. If you consider the fact that double glazing improves insulation and energy efficiency drastically over single pane windows it’s obvious that triple glazing will be even better. It has already become widely used around the world and is considered the standard in many colder countries.
How Does Triple Glazing Work?
There is obviously more to triple glazing than just sticking three sheets of glass together. There is a science to the gaps between the sheets of glass. If they’re too close together radiant heat loss can occur and if they’re too far apart heat loss can occur through convection currents. The gaps between the glass are filled with inert gas which typically is a much better insulator than air. Argon is a popular choice due to it’s low cost but krypton is used in some of the more expensive, high quality glazing units as it insulates twice as well as air.
Should You Invest in Triple Glazing?
Now you have some information on the benefits of triple glazing you’ll likely be asking yourself if it’s worth the investment. The short answer is yes. If you can afford it then triple glazing is the way to go, it will keep your house nice and warm and shut off from the elements and noise outside and in time bring you savings in terms of your energy bills. If you are upgrading from single glazing for the first time then it’s the definite right choice for future proofing your home. If you already have double glazing it’s not quite as compelling as it’s costly and doesn’t provide a massive upgrade.