Windows allow natural light and air to your house. Aside from this practical purpose, windows can also add up to the beauty of a house. You have probably seen some houses that have windows as the most appealing part. When choosing windows whether for a new house or just for a replacement, you may need to choose the type of window. The basic types include single pane, double pane, triple pane and the suspended film windows. Your most basic options are single pane and double pane windows. Which one to choose? Both single pane and double pane windows have their advantages and disadvantages due to their differences so it will depend on the features you are looking for.
Single Pane Windows
The single pane windows have, as the name suggests, single glass panes. The panes are mounted to the window frame. Single pane windows are very common among old houses and buildings.
Double Pane Windows
The double pane windows, on the other hand, have two layers of glass panes. Normally, double glass panes are used to provide insulation such as argon. Modern or newly built homes usually have the double pane windows. Some even have the triple pane windows.
Similarities and Differences
Both the single pane and double pane windows can make use of glass panels, which are known to be a good conductor of heat. They easily transfer heat. When it is hot outside, the heat can easily pass through the glass panes. When it is cold outside and you have heating equipment inside, the heat can easily pass through the glass panes. If the capacity to block heat is a big deal for you, double panes will be a much better choice. Most double pane windows have a half inch up to three quarters inch space between the layers of glass panes. There can be insulators in the form of inert gases like argon in between the layers of glass panes. This allows you to enjoy the convenience of glass windowpanes without being bothered by the amount of heat that comes in or comes out through the window glass panes. Insulation is impossible with single pane windows.
Because of the insulating quality of double pane windows, they are much more expensive than single pane windows. The difference on prices will reflect when you buy them and when you need to replace them. The single pane windows are definitely preferred by people who are not very concerned with insulation. It is also the best choice for you if you are after the cheapest option. The single pane windows are the cheapest type of window.
In addition, fogging cannot be avoided and it can be a big problem with double pane windows that have poor insulation. In case you choose double pane windows, it is better to double check if the glass panes are sealed firmly.
Lastly, many people consider agree that single pane windows have higher aesthetic value than double pane windows especially when used for traditionally designed buildings. A double pane window would not just look good on a conventional architectural design.