When using the term ‘glazing’ we are referring to windows constructed from a certain number of panes. Double glazed windows consist of two panes with a layer of gas in-between whereas triple glazed windows consist of three panes, including two gas layers.
In recent years, double glazing has become more technologically advanced. Low-e and low iron glass is readily available, allowing you to have high quality ‘A’ rated double glazed windows. Triple glazing no longer has the ultimate advantage.
Disadvantages of Triple Glazing
If you are considering triple glazing, then it is important to consider the following…
- Cost: Triple glazed windows inevitably cost more than their double glazed counterparts. A rare and specialist product, it is often twice the amount of double glazing.
- Weight: Triple glazing is heavy and has been known to cause problems for wood or vinyl sashes.
- Size: Triple glazing restricts you in terms of overall casement size and how far the window can actually open.
- Availability: It can be hard to find manufacturers of triple glazing within the UK. However, in Europe they are more widely available, but the cost of importing these windows may out weigh their benefits.
- Energy: Triple glazing may actively reduce heat from escaping your home. but it also reduces light transmission which increases the need for artificial lighting. The triple layer of panes will also reduce solar gain, preventing your home from benefiting from free energy created by the sun.
Despite the disadvantages of triple glazing, it does have great energy saving potential. More testing in the upcoming future could see an improvement in triple glazing technology. Here at secure style, we believe that it could potentially produce some excellent results. Watch this space.