As you are shopping for window installation in the Rochester, Michigan area, you may wonder what the difference is between double-pane windows and triple-pane windows by Andersen or other window manufacturers.

There are several differences, and they can affect the comfort and durability of your windows. Here are a few questions and answers that may help you decide which style is best for your home.

What are double-pane windows?

Double-pane windows have two panes of glass, and many include insulating argon gas between the panes. They insulate homes better than single-pane windows, provide added energy-efficiency, and reduce outside noise.

Are triple-pane windows by Andersen better?

An additional extra pane of glass keeps even more heat in and cold air out. Andersen’s most energy-efficient glass options, triple-pane windows are especially ideal for Michigan houses. Michiganders spend about 8 months of the year indoors, most of which require heating the home. Stronger windows may help keep your family warmer inside when it’s cold outside.

Additional layers of glass are also more efficient noise barriers. If you live near a metro Detroit area freeway, in an industrial area, or in any other type of busy setting, triple-pane windows by Andersen may make you feel more comfortable in your home.

What is the cost difference?

The costs of windows and window installations depend on various factors, including the brand of the window, how many are being replaced, sizes, styles, window functionality, and more.

Generally, the cost of windows increases with the number of panes. On the other hand, energy costs are likely to decrease with additional panes.

Aren’t single-pane windows good enough?

As indicated by the name, single-pane windows are made with only one layer of glass, so they do not provide as much insulation as windows with two or three layers. That makes single-pane windows the least energy-efficient option.

If you have an older house in metro Detroit, you might only have single-pane windows. If your windows have aged, you will likely also see condensation on the panes, scratches on the glass, and possibly even warping of the wood around the windows and on the sills.

Replacing single-pane windows with higher quality triple-pane windows can eliminate these issues, beautify and modernize your home, keep you more comfortable all year long, and help you save on energy costs.

Is the window installation process different?

The installation process is basically the same whether you choose triple-, double-, or single-pane windows.

Will I save more on energy costs with triple-pane windows?

Energy-efficient, triple-pane windows by Andersen can keep houses in cold climates warmer, allowing homeowners to save money by reducing the settings on their thermostats.

Call us for more information about the differences between window styles, for a quote, or to schedule an appointment to have windows replaced.