Double Paned Windows - The Good and the Bad
Single pane windows are quickly becoming a thing of the past, but some homes in Houston still have their old or original windows. If you’re looking for a way to make your home more environmentally friendly, replacing your windows with double paned options is a great way to start. However, there are some pros and cons to consider before jumping the gun on installing new windows.
Pros:Energy Efficient: Because there are two panes of glass in one window frame, they insulate your home from heat and cold more effectively. This will directly decrease your carbon footprint as you’ll require less energy to heat and cool your home. Protects from Sun Damage: The insulation in double paned windows prevents the sun from beating down on your furniture, curtains, and rugs. This allows for less color fading and sun damage on your furniture. Sound Pollution: If you live next to a busy street, you’re familiar with the near-constant sound of traffic. Double paned windows also buffer the noise from the outdoors. It won’t completely soundproof your home, but it will certainly decrease the amount of outside noise you’ll hear. Increase Home Value: Replacing the windows is quite the investment, but it will increase your home’s value and make it easier to sell down the line.
Cons:Expensive: Double paned windows are significantly more expensive than their single paned counterparts. If you want to reduce your energy costs, you will have to replace all the windows of your home at the same time. If you don’t, your old windows will still be less energy efficient and those rooms will require the same amount of energy as before. Double paned windows are also more difficult to install, and if installed incorrectly, they won’t be energy efficient. Cheap May Mean Low Quality: With double paned windows, you get what you pay for. Low-priced options may have lower quality insulation. You’ll likely see some improvement in your energy bills, but it won’t be as significant as the savings from high-quality windows.
If you’re thinking of replacing the old windows in your home, let us help you. Texas Remodel Team is here for all your Houston home renovation needs. Contact us today!