Why Should I get Triple Glazing

With the government’s aim to get the homes in the UK to lower carbon emissions, people are looking at triple glazing as a way to do their bit while at the same time helping to lower individual energy bills. A lot of people in the UK currently have double glazing and many of those people are happy with what they currently have, their argument would be “why should I get triple glazing?” This is a fair point as a lot of the benefits are still unknown to the wider public.

Advantages

The key to convincing someone with the argument of “why should I get triple glazing?” would be to some them the advantages and benefits that triple glazing can have on a home. A key advantage for making the investment is the value it can add to a home; triple glazing will become common place in years to come with every new home having it installed. Purchasing triple glazing now will instantly add value to your home and should you choose to sell, you will instantly gain the cost of triple glazing back.

When it comes to the advantages of triple glazing over double glazing or single glazing the question shouldn’t be “why should I get triple glazing?” and more “why shouldn’t I get triple glazing?” The benefits are clear to see. Triple glazing has far better heat insulation properties than double or single glazing, this is because in part of the extra air gap. The three panes of glass are separated by two air gaps, these air gaps can be filled with an inert gas such as argon or krypton which can prove excellent insulation.

The glass used also plays a big part in the thermal performance, triple glazing uses low emissivity glass on the inner and middle layers; the low emissivity property comes from a metal oxide coating in the production process.  The aim of the low emissivity glass is to enhance solar gain by allowing sunlight into a room to provide heat and slowing down the process of the heat escaping. This effectively gives the room free heat and goes a long way to reducing energy bills.

The frame of the triple glazing unit also plays a part in the insulation properties; wood is a commonly used and popular material for the frame thanks to its strength and thermal properties.

Noise reduction is also a big advantage that triple glazing has; the three layers of glass combined with the two air gaps provide excellent sound insulation, in some cases each layer of glass can be of a differing thickness, each one will work to block out a different sound frequency.

Disadvantages

The only real disadvantages to go against “why should I get triple glazing?” are the cost and the weight of the unit. The weight is considerably heavier than double glazing but not enough to cause problems to lintels and surrounding walls. The cost although more than double glazing can prove a good investment thanks to the money saved on energy bills.