Single Pane vs Double Pane Windows: What to Choose?

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Good windows are more important to your home than you may realize. Good windows add a sleek neatness to the exterior facade of your home and allow warm natural light indoors. They also affect your experience with everything from bad weather and pests to your monthly utility costs. 

When you think about the fact that a bit of glass is all that separates some areas of your home from the wilderness of the great outdoors, you might put a little more thought into your window choices.

Start with this helpful guide to single vs. double-pane windows. Which ones are right for your home? There are pros and cons to both. If you need to upgrade windows, fix broken ones, or add new windows to a new home, review this guide before you buy a product.

Single-Pane Windows

As you'd expect, single-pane windows are made with a single layer of glass. They're available in just as many different styles and orientations as double-pane windows, but they do have some drawbacks.

Single-pane windows are less effective at filtering noise, which can be a bit irritating if you live in a busy neighborhood or you have noisy animals like dogs or birds in the yard. They're also less effective than double-pane windows at effective insulation. This means that while you're running your heater indoors in the winter, single-pane windows can allow heat to escape and chilly weather to enter your home. This forces your heater to work harder to combat the lack of insulation, which increases the cost of running these appliances. The opposite happens in warm weather. Your cool indoor air is released through the single-pane windows as heat that bakes the glass warms up the indoors. 

On the upside, single-pane windows are cheaper and easier to install than double-pane windows.

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Double-Pane Windows

Double windows are made with two fused panes of glass. This means double the thickness and a higher price tag. If you're on a limited budget you can spring for more attractively styled single-pane windows. But, of course, this means losing out on the advantages of double-pane glass. 

Double-pane windows offer superior noise filtering and temperature insulation. Double-pane windows, therefore, actually save you money in the long run. Of course, this assumes that you've invested in high-quality windows. Badly sealed or poorly spaced double-pane windows are just as problematic as single-pane windows. If they're bad enough, they can actually allow space for pests to enter your home. Pests fit through very tiny holes, so a good seal is essential.

If you choose well-made double-pane windows, though, you can save money on heating and cooling costs. Just be sure to also invest in high-quality installation.

Install your windows properly for the most insulation and best pest protection. Whether you prefer single or double-pane windows, choose Findlay Roofing for your installation needs. They offer more than roofing; they can help you select high-quality windows for your home and install them at a great, low price. Contact them today for the best home windows and superior installation services.  

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