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Old 01-04-2012, 12:26 AM   #1
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Triple Pane Windows - Worth it?


Some manufacturers are making triple pane windows now. They even offer an option of in-window blinds that sit in the third pane. Are these windows worth the extra $$$ or can a double pane window perform better?

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Whether or not they are worth it depends on a lot of factors, including the location of your home, goals for the project, cost to upgrade, etc.... The performance is indicated by the u-value. Generally triple pane will be better in this regard, but there are some very high quality windows out there that have better ratings with double pane than others with triple.

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Yep, lot of variables. The most important he mentioned is the actual U factor. But in general, triple pane is only economically better in the far north cold climates.
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Whether or not they are worth it depends on a lot of factors, including the location of your home, goals for the project, cost to upgrade, etc.... The performance is indicated by the u-value. Generally triple pane will be better in this regard, but there are some very high quality windows out there that have better ratings with double pane than others with triple.
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Yep, lot of variables. The most important he mentioned is the actual U factor. But in general, triple pane is only economically better in the far north cold climates.
+1 to both of this window jokers.

Is it worth it, can be. If opting for triple pane windows cut into the construction budget that made you then choose a 2x4 wall and R-13 vs. a 2x6 and R-19, then no.

If it cuts into the budge where you only blow R-30 in the attic vs R-50, then no.

Triple pane is a great option if you can swing it and given the impact of the thermal weak spot in the wall assembly with a double pane, it can have a greater than perceived impact.
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