Double glazed windows are an enormous
advancement in modern window technology. They offer a number of advantages for
homeowners - from making your homes more comfortable and convenient, to saving
you a ton of money on heating bills in the long run.
But what about triple, or even quadruple glazed
windows? Yes, these exist – though often the layman is unaware of them. Today, we
tackle the science behind glazing and discuss the differences of a double,
triple, and quadruple glazing, and the reasons why you might consider each
Double Glazed Windows
Let’s start off with the most basic option – double glazing. Double glazing in New Zealand is the optimal choice for our general climates, although that can vary from region to region. The way they work is fairly simple: glaziers construct a double-glazed window by placing two panes of glass – of which there are various kinds – into a single frame. The gap between these two panes is then filled with air - or an insulating gas, like argon - in order to prevent drafts, and the direct transfer of heat through the window.
windows are great at keeping your home comfortable, no matter the weather. They
help keep your home warm during the winter, and cool in the summer, because
heat on either side of the glass has to work much harder to move through all of
the layers. Two panes of glass per window cut your heat loss by half in winter,
and prevent twice as much heat from entering your home in the summer. It’s an
all-around great way to balance out your home’s internal environment. Double
glazed windows can also play the role of reducing noise, improving security, and
replacing thermal drapes. On top of all of that, they also provide easy
Triple Glazed Windows
A triple glazed window, on the other hand, contains not
just two but three layers of glass, also separated by air gaps to provide high
levels of heat retention. They are equipped with high insulation performance
and have been a popular choice for homeowners in colder climates.
Also offering an extensive array of benefits, triple glazed
windows are one of the best options for homeowners who experience extreme
weather. These windows are resistant to condensation and reduce sound
transmission even more than their double-layered counterparts, and the three
layers of glass provide greater security.
Quadruple Glazed Windows
Quadruple-glazed windows have become an increasing trend,
especially in Nordic countries where the temperature is significantly colder
than most other countries. These ultra-insulated window systems are easy
products to sell, as they are generally only sought-after in climates that more
closely resemble Antarctica than Malibu.
The Impact of Glazing
So, you may be wondering which of these options to pick –
they all seem to do a fantastic job! Though all have great benefits to keeping
your homes warm during winter and cool during summer, there are two main things
to consider when making your choice: weight,
climate. Increasing the degree of your
window glazing inherently means more window panes, making each individual
window heavier with the additions. This makes them potentially more difficult
to build for, and install.
You also have to consider the climate. Triple and quadruple-glazed windows are typically more expensive, and may constitute an over-investment if you live in warmer climes. However, if your weather resembles the Arctic, then triple or quadruple-glazed windows may be right for you.
Make the smartest, most efficient choice for your home.
Replacing everything all at once can be a little
bit daunting, and we certainly don’t blame you. Talk to us about your options
double glazing, which can alter your existing windows, thus saving
you both money and hassle. Atlas Glass can
provide glazing design choices that are ideal for your home. We specialise in
retrofit double glazing for timber joinery, upgrading your windows for a more
comfortable and convenient lifestyle. Get in touch today!