Upgrade Your Weatherford, TX Home with Double Pane Windows
A double pane window, also known as an Insulated Glass Unit or IGU is a window with two panes of glass separated by a vacuum or a gas like argon or krypton. Double pane windows have become the standard for new construction homes and replacement windows because they are twice as efficient as single pane windows.
The Science Behind Double Pane Windows
If given a choice between double and single pane windows, homeowners opt to install double pane windows because they keep their homes insulated during the harsh summer and winter months in Weatherford. Single pane windows do not have air pockets, so heat passes through glass more readily than air. The air pockets in a double pane window reduce the windows conductivity resulting in a better-insulated home.
The twin panes are held in place with a spacer made of moisture-absorbent material called desiccant, and the entire unit is sealed to prevent the inner air chamber from escaping. Glass Doctor offers double pane windows with krypton glass in the air space and Low-E glass to further improve the insulating properties of the window. You can learn more about glass types on our "All About Glass" page.
Benefits of Double Pane Windows
Homeowners who have new construction homes with double pane windows experience many benefits immediately after installation, including:
Energy efficiency: The windows can reduce your home's energy bill. Some units save homeowners up to 50 percent in energy expenses.
Noise reduction: The extra pane of gas assists with reducing noise pollution from outside, which results in a quieter environment within the home. This quality is especially valuable to our clients who live in busy urban areas.
UV Protection: The windows prevent 25% of the sun's heat from entering your home, reducing glare and UV damage to carpeting, drapes, and furniture.
These benefits are seen to varying degrees based on the number of windows replaced and other energy saving measures employed.
Indicators to Upgrade or Replace Double Pane Windows
If you're considering upgrading from single pane windows or double pane windows or updating worn-out double pane windows, look no further. Glass Doctor Home + Business of Weatherford is here to help. If your windows aren't energy efficient, your HVAC system makes up the difference at your expense. Warning signs your double pane windows have outlived their usefulness include:
- A milky appearance to the glass
- Condensation forming between the panes
- Distorted or broken panes
Windows account for 25 percent of residential heat loss. If your windows are in disrepair, seeking a solution is critical. Should you upgrade your windows? Try one of these DIY efficiency tests to see if your home windows are as efficient as they could be.
Double Pane Window Replacement Process
If your double pane windows are showing signs of age or disrepair, it's time to consider replacing them. The experts at Glass Doctor are here to give you step-by-step instructions for both processes.
To replace an entire window:
- Removal of the old window: The old window will be completely removed. This will include the casing, trim, and sill plate.
- Preparation of the frame: The space must be prepared for installing the new window.
- Clean the opening and remove any dirt or debris.
- Repair and replace any damaged lumber or material.
- Ensure the opening is level and square.
- Remove the siding or resize the opening to accommodate the size of the new window.
- Installation of the window: Using the manufacturer-recommended hardware, adjust the fit with shims until it's plumb and square.
- Finishing touches: Add spray or traditional insulation to any gap surrounding the window frame. Replace any siding, trim, or casing.
- Clean-up: The work area will be cleaned, and any leftover material will be disposed of.
Book Your Double Pane Window Installation Appointment
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FAQs about Double Pane Windows
How do double pane windows improve energy efficiency?
The space between the two panes of glass provides extra insulation during warmer summers and cooler winters. It traps the warm or cold air inside the home, while single pane windows have a reputation for creating drafts. Double pane windows help you save energy because you will run your heating and cooling system less.
Can double pane windows be repaired?
In most situations, double pane windows can be repaired if a chip or crack is in one of the panes. While in other cases, the entire window may need to be replaced.