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Learn what the difference is between single, double, and triple-glazed glass, and options available with that glass, such as Low-e, Solar-Gain, Tinted coatings, as well as Argon and Krypton gas fillings.

Glazings

Single-Glazed:

Compareed to other glazings (which can be simply thought of as panes of glass) single-glazed glass units allow for the highest heat transfer (gain and loss) and also provides the greatest amount of daylight transmission.

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Double-Glazed:

Two layers of glass separated by a gap of air (sometimes Argon or Krypton see below) Typically can cut heat loss in half due to the insulating pocked of air.

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Triple-Glazed:

Three layers of glass with two pockets of air. Provides the highest level of themal insulatoin. This insultive property can be compounded upon by using argon or krypton gas layers.

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Coatings

Low-E:

A microscopically thin, metal or metallic oxide coating used to reduce solar heat gain without reducing the amount of visible light that flows through the glass. Different variations of Low-E coatings may allow more or less solar heat through (often optimized by region) and higher solar heat gain blocking Low-E will often appear slightly more tinted and block a greater percentage of visible light.

Low-E

Argon Gas:

An inert gas placed between panes in double or triple glazed windows that improves the insulating properties of a window. Since the gas is a more viscous or slow-moving than the normal air filled in between the gaps the heat transferred between the panes is decreased. Keeping your home better insulated.

Gas Filling

Krypton Gas:

Working along the same principal as Argon gas. Krypton gas has been shown to perform even better than Argon. However it is often a scarce commodity in the window manufacturing market and so just like the insulating properties the price will also rise.