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Window Glass Types: Glazed Windows

On this page:
  • Understanding window glazing
  • Benefits of glazing a window
  • Types of glazed windows for homes

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What are Glazed Windows?

Glazed windows refer to the panes of glass that are used inside of a window frame. There are single, double or triple panes for windows. Often, the terms window panes and window glazing are used interchangeably by contractors. So you may hear your contractor recommending you double glazing or double-paned windows for homes.

To achieve double glazing, the panes are aligned parallel to each other and glazed or sealed using a putty with space in between. The putty helps placing the glass panes on the window frame and hold the structure together. 

The space between the two glass panes can be either air or gas filled. The two panes of glass and the gas inside form an insulating barrier, called an insulated gas unit (IGU), that helps keep heat and cold from passing through. Thus, helps to keep the temperature inside your homes comfortable in both warm and cold climates.

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Types of Glazed Windows

Choosing the right windows for your home not only contributes to its curb appeal, but can also go a long way toward keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. As you consider your choices, you will find options for window glazing to increase your home’s energy efficiency. In order to find the right product, it is important to understand how window glazing can benefit your home.

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Single Glazed Windows

Also called single pane windows, these windows only have one sheet of glass inside the frame. If you have an older home, chances are you have single glazed windows because those were the only types widely available when these houses were built. However, if you are thinking about installing new windows, this may not be a great choice for your home. Single glazed windows are considered less energy efficient than other types as they allow hot or cool air to escape from your home, making it difficult for your HVAC system to run at its most effective level.

On the other hand, single pane windows do add to the authentic look of older homes, so some homeowners may choose to continue using them to maintain a certain aesthetic. In addition, single glazed windows are less expensive than other kinds—$50 to $200 per window, and more lightweight so you don’t need heavy-duty frames to support them. They may be a good choice for areas of the home that don’t need to be well-insulated, such as the garage or shed.

Double Glazed Windows

Double glazed windows have two panes of glass that have a space between them. In order to create insulation, argon gas—which is a nontoxic, odorless gas—is used to fill the space between the two panes of glass. As a result, double glazed windows are more energy efficient and they can help reduce any noise in your neighborhood from disrupting the peace in your home.

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Despite these benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that double glazed windows are significantly more expensive than single glazed windows at $385 to $850 per window. To get the most out of your investment, you will need to replace all the windows of your home, otherwise you won’t fully reap the benefits of having these types of windows in one area of the house. Also, if you haven’t taken other measures to ensure your home is properly insulated, getting double glazed windows may not help that much. Another factor to consider is the fact that although argon gas is not harmful, it does leak over time, so you need to pay attention to that and at some point, have the windows refilled to maintain them.

Triple Glazed Windows

If you live in an extremely cold climate, triple glazed windows, which are three panes of glass with argon gas in between them, are a good choice. These windows are the most energy efficient variety, but they are also the most expensive—costing $550 to $3,550 per window—and the heaviest. However, the upfront costs that you spend on these types of windows may be offset by the amount you save on energy bills later. In addition, triple glazed windows are the most effective at noise reduction, making your home feel more snug and comfortable as you avoid disruptive sounds from the outside world.

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