Triple Glazing FAQ

Triple glazing in the UK is a fairly new conception, unlike in colder climates where it has been commonplace for a number of years. Being a relatively unknown factor people with an interest in upgrading their current windows will have a number of questions regarding triple glazing and whether or not it will benefit them. A good way to find answers to the questions that you have is to look at some triple glazing FAQ’s; many people have the same questions and will find the answers in a frequently asked questions list.

What is triple glazing?

One of the most popular “triple glazing FAQ’s” is the one asking “what is triple glazing?” Triple glazing is basically as the name suggests, a window made up of three panes of glass. Anyone familiar with double glazing will know that it has a pane of glass on the inside, then a space, followed by a final pane of glass. Triple glazing is much the same with an extra pane of glass forming an extra space, the space is known as an air gap which can be filled with inert gas to provide the insulation.

Why choose triple Glazing?

Many “triple glazing FAQ’s lists include this question, and the answer will be of particular benefit to anyone considering an upgrade from their current windows. The main advantage of triple glazing over single or double glazing is thermal insulation. Triple glazing provides far better insulation that other glazed windows; a house will be able to stay warmer and less heat loss means cheaper energy bills. This also impacts greatly on the environment by lowering carbon dioxide emissions.

What frames are available?

Triple glazing units are generally imported from Scandinavian countries who are experts in producing readymade units designed for high performance. The material that is used in Scandinavia is generally wood thanks to its thermal properties, sustainability and low maintenance. Recycled aluminium is also used more so on the outside of windows, the final material that is used for frames is uPVC but this is generally seen as the least eco-friendly of the three.

What is the energy rating?

Energy ratings in triple glazing and other forms of glazing are measured in U- value which will measure how well the glass and frame retain heat. The U- value of triple glazing can be as low as 0.8 which when compared to other forms of glazing (single 5.6 and double 2.8) is very impressive.

What does it cost?

Another popular one of the “triple glazing FAQ’s is” this one. Once people have understood the benefits, cost becomes a factor. Like pretty much any glazing price will depend on the company from which your purchase the glazing, style, pattern and materials. The size of the windows and doors will also play in big part in the overall cost. Triple glazing will generally cost anywhere from 5% and 40% more than double glazing, however there are some companies that offer triple glazing at no extra cost.