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With the UK market awakening to the benefits of triple glazing, in Scandinavian countries triple glazing has been around for decades. Advantages of double glazed windows and doors are well known: they are good for conserving heat which helps to reduce utility bills; they are also good for the environment and they help to reduce noise.
Triple glazing involves three glass window panes separated by air (or more likely gas such as Argon) so reducing heat transfer and noise, whereas double glazing only uses two panes of glass and one air gap. Thus, the benefits gained from double glazing are increased due to the extra pane of glass and an extra air gap.
For installations situated close to major roads or noisy environments, triple glazing can help by reducing noise, this can be achieved by differing glass thicknesses and air gaps.
In Scandinavian countries which are noticeably colder, triple glazing is now the standard.In places such as Alaska we are now seeing quadruple glazing more and more. While the UK is nowhere near as cold as Alaska, it is known that we can have prolonged periods of bitter weather which encourages homeowners to keep their homes insulated as best as possible. Triple glazing is capable of reducing heat loss through windows by up to 30%, which may appeal strongly to people living in the colder regions of the UK, particularly in the north of England and in Scotland. In addition to this, in rooms with high humidity there is a reduced risk of condensation occurring if triple glazed windows are installed.
While triple glazing is known to reduce noise and conserve heat, these benefits do come with a price, triple glazing is an option primarily selected by new homeowners rather than existing homeowners looking to upgrade from double glazing. For advice and information regarding the glazing options for your windows, please get in contact and we’d be happy to be of assistance.