We all know that window salesmen are notorious for stretching the truth. Not just about how great THEIR windows are… but about how unworthy their COMPETITORS’ windows are.
Nowhere is this more apparent than the “double pane vs. triple pane debate.” It’s common to hear window salesmen talking about how triple pane is too heavy, too expensive, and too everything else.
But… is it true? Are triple-pane windows really what these salesmen describe? Or is there more to the story?
In this article, we bust the three most common myths about triple-pane windows.
Before we get into nitty-gritty details, it’s important to know WHO, exactly, is badmouthing triple pane.
The companies that criticize triple-pane windows are the companies that don’t SELL triple-pane windows.
Coincidence? Of course not.
Companies that sell only double pane want you to buy… you guessed it… DOUBLE PANE. It’s why they tell New England homeowners the three following lies about triple pane.
The double-pane guys will tell you that triple-pane windows aren’t any more efficient. That the third pane of glass is just overkill to inflate the price.
Think of it this way… what’s the best way to keep warm during the winter? Layering your clothing.
The air between each layer of clothing acts as an insulator to keep you warm. The more layers you have, the more comfortable you’ll be.
It’s the same with windows. The more layers of glass you have, the better the windows insulate your home.
Except that quality windows don’t have ordinary air between the panes. They have special insulating gas like argon, krypton, or our exclusive Alpha 10 [Secret Invisible Weapon post]. Double-pane windows have this gas between the inner and outer panes. Triple pane, however, has a SECOND layer of insulating gas because of the extra pane.
Three panes = double the gas fill.
That third pane of glass creates space for an extra layer of insulating gas. And does it ever make a difference. Here’s a look at how our triple-pane windows compare to other windows on the market:
- 433% more efficient than single-pane windows
- 295% more efficient than clear double-pane windows
- 152% more efficient than ENERGY STAR® requirements
You can read more details on our Triple-Pane Comfort page, but here’s the bottom line…
Any window salesman who says triple-pane is overkill is either ignorant or being untruthful with you. Three panes of glass is exactly WHY our windows are one of the few that are ENERGY STAR-certified for New England.
This one is more “lying by omission.” Double-pane salesmen will tell you that three panes of glass are too heavy for a vinyl frame.
What they fail to mention is that three panes are too heavy for THEIR window’s vinyl frame.
The average vinyl window has a hollow frame. There is no supporting substructure. No “skeleton” to hold everything up.
The average vinyl frame is hollow.
You stick three glass panes in a vinyl frame like the one above? Of course it’ll sag and bow over time!
But our windows aren’t made with your grandfather’s vinyl frame. We reinforce them with a titanium-composite substructure. They’re the only solid vinyl windows on the market—and they can effortlessly handle three glass panes.
Our metal “skeleton” supports three panes.
Plus, there is no such thing as “overkill” when it comes to your safety. That third pane of glass also adds substantial security to your home.
It’s why we provide you with a 50-Year Home Security Guarantee. If an intruder breaks into your home through our windows, we pay your insurance deductible up to $500.
We’ve had this guarantee in place since we opened in 1995… and we’ve NEVER had to use it.
Expensive compared to what? Hollow vinyl windows? Non-ENERGY STAR windows? The price of tea in China?
Here’s the truth…
Triple-pane windows do typically cost a little more than double-pane windows. But they provide MUCH more value for your money.
Choosing VALUE over a cheap price maximizes your dollars.
Triple-pane windows like ours are significantly more efficient, considerably more secure, and last up to 50 years. While the average vinyl double pane lasts 10 to 20 years (tops), our triple panes are the last windows you’ll ever need. Explore the Windows section of our website for more details.
Bottom line: Triple-pane windows are OBJECTIVELY superior to double-pane windows. A window company that tells you otherwise is doing you a disservice by not providing HONEST answers.
We’ll be the first to tell you that triple pane typically costs a little more up front than double pane. We’ll also provide you with clear proof and data as to why our windows provide you with the highest long-term value.
If you want premium windows at the best possible value in New England, get in touch today. We’re straight shooters who provide honest advice and a no-nonsense price.
No hype. No games. Just facts.