What are triple glazed windows? Understanding triple glazing
We’re all aware that double glazed windows offer significant performance improvements over single glazing, but does the prospect of having three panes of glass instead of two make an even bigger difference?
Triple glazed windows are now very much the norm in Scandinavia, where the arctic climate demands the most energy efficient windows. It’s said that modern triple glazing can reduce the U-value of a window to just 0.8. When you consider that single glazed windows have a U-value of 5, it’s not hard to see why the vast majority of new-build properties in this region feature triple glazing.
At present Building Regulations insist that any window installed today should have a U-value no worse than 1.6. Triple glazed windows offer the best heat retention properties and warmth of any of our frames; making them ideal for north-facing windows. The extra pane better reflects the sun’s rays inside, making homes warmer and reducing energy bills.
Additionally, low-emissivity coatings are now being applied to glass panes to stop heat escaping; and even cavities are being filled with argon gas to minimise heat loss.
Triple glazing tends to work best in rooms where a number of small or medium-sized windows are required over a large area, due to the way in which it outperforms double glazing in terms of U-value. So for property owners desperate for a sleek, sophisticated glazing treatment inspired by Grand Designs-esque homes which encourage abundant levels of natural light into their properties, triple glazing could certainly be right for you.
Ideal for passive house projects
If you are in the process of constructing a passive house – one which provides a consistent, comfortable temperature all-year round – triple glazing is essential. With triple heat protection glazing, it’s possible to achieve U-values of 0.7, insulating against drafts using thermal bridges both at the glass edge and in the connecting space between the window and the wall.
At Livingwood we have vast experience in supplying certified products for Passive House projects.
Triple glazing can also provide a significant reduction in noise pollution; so if you live in a busy urban area this could be a suitable option to minimising the impact of external noise.
Triple glazing versus double glazing
Do bear in mind however that if you own a period property, double glazing would be adequate in comparison to triple glazing. Simply due to the overall thermal properties of the existing dwelling. It only makes sense to improve to triple glazing if you are going to vastly improve the insulation of the period property. So you’ve got to weigh up the ease of installing double glazed windows with the energy savings of triple glazing.
It’s also important to note that any double or triple glazing is only as good as the materials used and the quality of the installation. Poorly-fitted triple glazing leads to the same energy performance as single glazing and performs far worse than high-quality double glazing featuring low-iron panes.
At Livingwood Windows we offer standard, double or triple glazing to suit the needs of your individual project. With low-e coating float glass, our double glazed units achieve a centre pane U-value of 1.0, while our triple glazed units can achieve centre pane U-values as low as 0.6.
The environmental benefits of choosing aluminium doors and windows
Did you know that recycling aluminium saves around 95% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to producing the 'raw' product? That's just one of the reasons we love creating beautiful doors and windows in aluminium.
Aluminium windows & doors: What are the advantages?
Aluminium glazing has really gained in popularity in the last couple of decades. For a number of years there was a perception among consumers that windows were only available in silver, with hardwood subframes for company. But times have changed and aluminium windows and doors have moved the industry forward significantly, offering a whole host of advantages over plastic or PVC glazing.
Lift & Slide Doors v Bifold Doors: which should you go for?
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Replacement Windows and Building Regulations – what you need to know
When replacing any part of your home, building regulations and planning permission are the primary factors you’ll need to bear in mind. This article is designed to equip you with all the information you need on building regulations for replacement windows within the home.
Planning permission for doors and windows
Replacing the doors and windows of your home can be a brilliant way to fall in love with it all over again. However, as with any form of building work, it’s possible you’ll need planning permission when replacing them.
Window Types: Which window is best for you?
We’d recommend that you give us a call at Livingwood Windows & Doors today on 01284 764045 in order to find out which windows will suit your project. However, if you’re just looking to find out more about the types of window (rather than models or brands) then you’re in the right place…
PVCu vs Aluminium doors and windows
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Feature: Outrup – Danish sophistication
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If you’re planning to invest in new doors and windows, it’s natural for you to want to know you’re getting the best possible product. A number of different tests are carried out in order to ensure product quality and performance. Within this article we’re going to go through the main ones here. If you see these certifications whilst browsing, you’ll know that you’re looking at quality.
Door Types – everything you need to know
We’d recommend that you give us a call at Livingwood Windows & Doors today on 01284 764045 in order to find out which doors will suit your project. However, if you’re just looking to find out more about the types of door (rather than models or brands) then you’re in the right place…
How to maintain your aluminium doors and windows
As with any household item, it’s important to ensure that when you buy aluminium doors you take care of them. However, you might be a bit unsure how to specifically go about doing that! That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know:
How to choose an architect for your self-build project
Needless to say, choosing to build your own home is a major decision that’ll leave you with a number of different aspects to manage and plan. One of the most important, of course, is choosing which architect you’re going to have come on board. How can you go about making this substantial decision? Read on . . .
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What is FSC Certification and why does it matter?
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What are the benefits of Passive House windows?
A Passive House window should not be considered a brand or type of window; it relates more to the window’s thermal insulation characteristics. Passive House is a fast-emerging standard which requires buildings to use a minimal amount of energy for heating and cooling the air temperature, controlling the living environment.
Choosing the right material for your doors and windows
When the time comes to replace your property’s existing windows or doors it can be difficult to know which material type to choose to best complement the look and feel of your home. Take some time to read our information on the various types of windows and doors available here at Livingwood Window & Door Specialists.
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