The Benefits of Double-Glazed Residential Windows

When shopping for new windows, you may hear a lot of people recommend double-glazed windows and may wonder if this type of window lives up to the hype. Double-glazed windows do offer great benefits for any residential home, some of which you may not realize. Note a few benefits of this window style, and then you'll know why you're getting those recommendations!

Double-glazed and strength

It's not unusual for homeowners to think that double-glazed windows are somehow stronger and will resist breakage and shattering. This isn't necessarily the case, as the strength of windows is determined by the glass type; toughened or laminated glass is more shatterproof than standard glass, so be sure you choose this type of glass for your windows if you're worried about damage. However, since double-glazed windows are made up of two panes of the glass you choose, this can make the entire window stronger overall, as you'll then be getting two layers of that toughened or laminated glass in the window frame.

Double-glazed and insulation

Double-glazed windows are good for insulating your home, as that added pane of glass, and the air or argon gas between those panes, will keep your heating and air conditioning inside the home. Those windows can also cut down on the outside noise that gets inside the home.

You can also choose double-glazed window glass with reflective properties to block very harsh and direct sunlight, and certain types of glass will have silica or other materials added to make them even better insulators against hot and cold. For maximum insulation inside your home, note the insulating properties of the glass itself, and have these used for both panes of your double-glazed windows.

Home's resale value

If you should ever want to put your home on the real estate market, you'll need to consider its overall appearance as well as its insulation and energy-efficiency. New windows can always make a home look better, both inside and out, and having any type of new windows installed can mean increasing the home's curb appeal and interior style. Choosing double-glazed panes for those new windows is even better, as this will increase the home's insulation, as mentioned, which also increases the home's energy efficiency. The better the insulation of a home, the less often a homeowner will need to run the furnace and air conditioner, as well as a dehumidifier during the summer months. For these reasons, double-glazed windows can actually increase your home's overall resale value.