Single pane windows in homes are no longer the most common thing, but they were once standard in residential settings. As a result, many established homes still have single pane glass windows. Single pane window homeowners should understand how single panes affect the home’s energy efficiency and comfort levels. Knowing what to do when it comes to maintaining your old windows and knowing about single pane glass replacement can allow you ease of mind about your property. Here is what you need to know.
Single Pane Glass Replacement: What You Need to Know
Pros and Cons of Single-Pane Windows
Single-pane windows are primarily found in historic homes and have a classic look and feel. Homeowners who want the authenticity these windows offer often choose to keep them, and often do so for their beauty.
However, despite their beauty and charm, there are some concerning drawbacks to having and keeping single-pane windows. For one, they are very poor at insulating. These windows will not keep your home warm in the winter and may overheat your home during the summer. Furthermore, single-pane windows do not provide soundproofing from traffic or other noise outside your home.
When to Consider Replacing Single-Pane Windows
You can start to think about single pane glass replacement when:
- The cost of repairing or maintaining windows is almost as expensive as replacing them.
- Your energy bills are rising, suggesting that your windows are not keeping in the air you want and instead letting in the air you don’t. At some point, these windows become a financial liability.
- You can feel a draft from outside when standing or sitting next to your windows.
What Is the Alternative to Single Pane Windows?
When you replace the single-pane windows at your home, you will likely choose dual or triple-pane windows. Triple window panes are more energy-efficient than double-paned ones. Some have air between them. Others use gas to provide extra insulation, but both types of windows will offer protection for a longer period of time. The extra sheets of glass in dual and triple-paned windows protect the interior from temperature extremes and prevent solar heat gain.
Pros and Cons of Dual- and Triple-Pane Windows
The advantages of dual and triple-pane windows include:
- Energy efficiency
- Better home value
- Improved sound insulation
However, there are some disadvantages to dual and triple-paned windows that should also be considered:
- Extra glass equals a heavier window
- Higher up-front cost, which can be offset over time
- Fogging between glass
You can mitigate some of the problems mentioned above by installing air-filled dual-pane windows that are not as heavy. They will also cost less than gas-filled triple-pane options. Condensation becomes less of an issue if you shop around for better quality.
If you would like to find out more about single pane glass replacement, contact us at Pleasanton Glass. We can also help you decide when it is the right time to replace your single-paned windows, so call us today!