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Until a few years ago, triple glazing was difficult to come by in the UK, being more commonly utilised in some of the coldest countries in the world.
It was the increasing cost of UK household fuel bills that saw many of our window and door companies include it in their product ranges. But is it any better than double glazing? That’s what householders want to know.
It helps to have an understanding of some of the differences between triple glazing and double glazing so that you can judge whether triple glazing is worth the extra investment.
External noise is a big problem for those who live close to a busy road, train line or major airport. Triple glazing can help reduce the amount of noise that passes through into your private living space, but only marginally in comparison to single glazing or double glazing. However, the acoustic performance of triple glazing is significantly improved if the triple glazing unit is 44mm deep.
The lower the U-value, the more effective a window is at retaining heat. The higher the U-value, well, you get the idea.
There are some double glazed windows out there that offer exceptionally low U-values, not much less than you would expect of some of the top performing triple glazing windows. The difference in energy savings you can expect between the two is relatively small, but if saving money on energy is your prime motivation for buying new windows, triple glazing may edge it in your thoughts.
Any responsible property owner cares about the welfare of their home. Inserting a third pane of glass in a window frame makes a triple glazed window harder to break than a double glazed window, especially if the middle pane is toughened glass. Double glazed and triple glazed windows are internally beaded though, so you have to be inside the house to remove the glazed unit.
The rising popularity of double glazing in the 1970’s quickly saw it surpass sales of single glazed windows, a trend that has continued right up until the present day. It is unlikely that triple glazing will have quite the same impact, but it does have a lot going for it.
When contemplating whether to make the leap from double glazing to triple glazing, do your calculations and base your decision on that.
You can get further FREE advice on triple glazing and double glazing by giving us a call and speaking to one of our consultants. Then just ask us for a FREE quote.
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