If the time has come to install new windows in your home, you'll need to make some important decisions about the construction of the windows. In addition to deciding between casement windows, double hung windows, or sliding windows, you'll also need to decide on how many panes of glass will go into the window. This can make a big difference in the performance of the windows, which is why it's important to know about the benefits of using one, two, or three panes of glass.

Single Pane Glass

One reason that many people use single pane glass windows is because they are on a budget and do not have the cash on hand to pay for anything more than that. Using one layer of glass will definitely save you money on the material cost, but that's about it. You may end up paying more over time for single pane glass because the material is less energy efficient. Heat is more likely to transfer through the glass, which will increase your energy bills. Single pane glass is also more prone to breaking due to impact damage, especially since all it takes is one layer to break for there to be a hole right through the window.

Double Pane Glass

A common upgrade that homeowners make to their windows is using two panes of glass. This offers some significant benefits that you may not be aware of. Double pane glass will make the window thicker as a result, which should not be an issue for most windows. This thickness allows a special gas to be inserted between the glass panes, which helps prevent heat transfer and insulates your home. It gives your home some much needed energy efficiency, which can help save money over the years. It will also reduce your environmental footprint since less energy will be used.

Triple Pane Glass

You'll spend a lot more money for three panes of glass, but it has some big benefits worth considering. If you live near a busy street, triple pane glass is going to provide superior noise reduction, so you won't hear all of the cars passing by when you're inside your home. You'll also have fewer issues with condensation forming on the glass, because there is a bigger gap between the temperatures inside and outside your home.

Speak to a window contractor for more benefits of using single, double, or triple pane glass.