Choosing the right glass package for your replacement windows and doors is a critical step in ensuring continued comfort and security in your home, as well as long-term satisfaction with your investment. Here are the key factors to consider and understand when choosing new replacement windows and doors for your home.
When it comes to saving energy and making your home more comfortable, choosing the right glass packaging is important. Various optional glass packages are available that combine the most effective features and advanced designs for year-round thermal performance and energy savings. Low-E coatings reflect infrared light and keep the heat inside in winter and outside in summer. It can also reduce fading of carpets, artwork, and photos by blocking harmful ultraviolet rays.
There are also a variety of odorless, colorless, non-toxic gases that can be introduced into the insulating glass unit to provide higher levels of insulation. Various spacer systems keep the glass panes of the window and door at the correct distance from each other and reduce the heat transfer at the edge of the insulating glass unit. Check the location of your home on the climate zone map at energystar.gov and select a glass package that meets or exceeds the Energy Star requirements for that region.
Most experts agree that if you want superior noise reduction in your windows, you should go for laminated glass. Two panes of glass are glued onto a durable plastic intermediate layer like a windshield. When these factors come together as an insulated double pane of glass with dead air space between the panes, they reduce the vibration generated by noise and dampen most of the noise that would come straight through ordinary glass.
This is popular in homes that are in close proximity to busy roads, industries or airports, as it can reduce sound transmission by more than 80%. Laminated glass reduces sound transmission far better than single glass or standard double glass. And yes, more than triple glass. The additional pane does not reduce outside noise any more than double pane windows.
Laminated glass also increases the security of your home and offers the highest level of impact protection. This is the most popular glass option in coastal life as it protects the house from flying debris from storms. If a wind-blown projectile or a stray baseball hits a window, the glass shatters. But broken pieces stick to the interlayer, preventing dangerous glass from falling out in the house and protecting the opening from the elements.
The plastic interlayer is also puncture-proof and frustrates potential intruders. Given this barrier and a fear of attracting attention, most intruders flee in search of easier targets.
Laminated glass can be expensive. Depending on your budget, it is only added on the side of the house facing the noise source for noise reduction or only on the first floor if security is considered.
Double disc versus triple disc
Triple windows cost about a third more than a double window. The energy-saving costs are minimal compared to those of a double pane window with a low-E coating and argon gas. If you break down the math, it can take up to 35 years for the additional costs to pay for itself.
So if you are planning on staying in your home for a very long time, then you can consider Triple Pane a better investment. In general, they probably aren’t. Triple windows are heavier than double windows so you need to make sure your home can support the weight. And they reduce sound transmission no better than double panes.
Additional options with glass include a variety of darker options for rooms that require year-round privacy but still want natural light and ventilation.
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