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Is triple glazing worth the extra cost, weight and thickness?
The answer is absolutely yes! When it comes to high performance glazing you get what you pay for, and though triple glazing may be more expensive, its benefits are massive in terms of increased energy efficiency, noise reduction, comfort and enhanced security – and you can even enjoy lower heating bills.
- Superior energy efficiency equals lower heating bills
Conventional double-glazing is a significant source of heat loss in most homes.
Thermal efficiency is measured in in U values (W/m²k). The lower the U-values the better the energy efficiency. In this chart you can see that single glazing is the least energy efficient with the highest U values of 5.1, followed by modern ‘A-rated’ double-glazing, which is generally 1.2.
As you can see, triple glazing has U-values as low as 0.5, which means that it not only reduces heat loss but also helps cut down your heating bills.
- Say goodbye to cold patches!
Cold patches round the windows can lead to draughts and condensation. They can occur when the thermal efficiency of your glazing is much less than your insulated walls (which generally have a U value of 0.3 in most houses). The good news is that high performance triple glazing has similar low U values to most insulated walls so that the surfaces are equally warm, preventing draughts, condensation and cold spots.
- Create larger glazed areas without the risk of energy loss
If you want to create large glazed areas with floor to ceiling bi-folding doors and possibly one of two large roof lights to let more light into your home, then triple glazing is definitely important. It will minimise energy loss through the glass, making your living environment much more comfortable on colder days and nights.
- Prevents overheating in the summer
The downside of double-glazing is that when the heat of the midday sun beats down on the glass it can quickly heat up the room temperature making it too hot for comfort. This isn’t the case with triple glazing. The extra cavity and the extra pane of glass actually reduce the level of solar heat gain from the outside. So, triple glazing not only keeps you warmer in the winter – but it will also keep you cooler in the summer.
- Keeps your home secure
That extra pane of toughened glass means that triple glazed units are much less likely to break. When combined with a secure locking system, windows and patio doors, which have triple glazing can definitely offer you greater peace of mind.
- Helps keep out the noise
Triple glazing is good news for anyone who lives on the flight path or near to a busy road. They are one of the most efficient ways of cutting down unwanted noise from outside.
- Additional must have features
In addition to these benefits, why not check out some other value added features:-
- Say goodbye to your window cleaner. Easy clean or ‘self cleaning’ glass will help keep your windows free from dirt and grime.
- Why not try Sun-Tint ‘smart’ glass – a revolutionary feature, which automatically self-tints to reduce the glare and heat when the sun is bright and then returns to transparency when the sun goes in.
All things considered, we think that is triple glazing is something that you can’t afford not to have.
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