Windows are obviously mostly made of glass, so it makes sense that the kind of glass on your San Jose, CA replacement windows is very important. If you’re shopping for replacement windows, you need to be sure you’re choosing the right kind of glass.
But where do you start? Want kind of glass would be best for your replacement windows? The two most common kinds of window glass are single-pane and double-pane. The main difference between the two is the number of glass layers. Single-pane glass only has one layer of glass, while double-pane has two. This difference in layers is crucial for the function of your replacement windows. Most window experts can agree that about 70% of energy loss occurs in windows and doors, and 90% of window energy loss occurs through glass.
In other words, when your house is getting cold during a chilly California night, or hot during a warm desert day, it’s most likely because your window glass isn’t doing a good job at insulating your home. Since double-pane window glass has two layers of glass, it’s automatically better at insulating than single-pane glass. Double-pane windows’ layers are also separated by a space of air or gas that increases insulation even more. This is because gas, like the commonly used Argon and Krypton, is dense than air. This higher density makes it harder for energy to get through, making the window glass more impervious to outside temperatures.
Double-pane windows can help reduce your home’s energy usage by up to 24% in the winter months and up to 18% in the summer months. That’s a lot of saving, and that’s not even all the benefits that double-pane glass offers. Double-pane windows can also benefit your home with noise pollution reduction.
The two layers of glass and gas not only stop temperature but also noise. This works both ways, keeping the traffic or lawnmower sounds out of your living room, and your crying baby’s screams out of your neighbor’s backyard. It is important to note that double-pane windows cost more than single-pane. However, your long-term energy savings will be noticeable, and might even help you recoup your initial window glass investment. It’s also vital to be aware that you won’t see any of these benefits, from energy savings to noise reduction, unless you replace all the windows in your home. Replacing just one or two old windows won’t have the same effect as replacing all of them.
If you have any more questions about double-pane and single-pane window glass, or you would like to learn more about replacement windows in San Jose, CA, California Custom Creations is here to help. We have years of industry experience we are ready to put at your disposal to make sure your new windows function at their best for your home and your loved ones. Please stop by our showroom to meet with us in person, or give us a call for more information, or schedule a consultation.