Single Pane Window
Single pane window sounds like an arctic air blast from the past. Yes, they still make them, and yes there are times when it is just what your house or office building need instead of the double variety. For one thing, single pane window is far less expensive to install, purchase and to fix or replace than the double version.
Single pane window may not be great for those living in colder climates, when keeping as much heat inside the house is one huge purpose of your window and makes storm window repair easier. Though, when seeking out vinyl replacement windows in warmer climates, such as in Florida, where too much heat trapped inside is extremely uncomfortable, single pane window might be an option.
When Single-Pane is a Cost-Efficient Option
Of course, Low Emissivity coating, or Low E glass, which is a microscopic layer of metallic coating, helps glass -- even single pane -- to repel the rays of the sun that cause a room to heat up too much. Single pane is a great option in sunny places that do not normally experience extended periods of cold temperatures. The Low E glass keeps heat inside, and cold outside in the winter. Likewise, in the summer, Low E glass keeps the sun's heat outside, allowing for a comfortable temperature inside. This has an inherent energy saving for you.
If you have ever shelled out the money for high end, top of the line window and then realized you had a problem with condensation developing between double pane glass, then you might have experienced an expensive window fix. Often times, with the newer sashes, replacing the "broken" double pane glass window is necessary and actually less time consuming and less expensive than trying to have it fixed. It may not even be a do it yourself project, because it is easy to harm the frame, which makes for a costly fix.
Additionally, it is impossible to re-create the air tight seal, especially with argon gas, once the panes have been separated to repair a problem such as condensation. Therefore, the best you may be able to do is to replace a high end, highly expensive glass. That is when the older version can sometimes be better.
The double glass variety are great for insulation factors, keeping in heat, repelling sun light, but the gas trapped within the panes, or the coating cannot really be replaced once the seals between the two layers are breached. That is when the expensive cost of a replacement will be needed. And, that might be when you consider a single pane window. They are less involved, and can therefore be more easily fixed. Single is sometimes better than double, though maybe not ahead of double glass in the energy savings or Energy Star department.
The added plus of the single pane window, aside from being less expensive to purchase, replace and fix than its double glass counterpart, is that it can be insulated, somewhat. Storm window can still be added for a natural double glass effect during winter months. Single is not a vacuum, or sealed as tightly as double glass with an argon gas added for insulation. Though, the storm inserts for an insulation effect, and effectively blocks the cold temperatures of winter and the biting winds that accompany it.
Making Single-Pane More Efficient
Some often over looked bonuses of the storm window include reduction of outside noise, and also an inherent theft deterrent effect. Burglars would rather not have to break through both a storm glass and single pane glass. And, if you live near a loud intersection, that second layer of glass will help reduce the unwanted distraction of extra noise that comes through a single pane glass.
In addition to a storm sash, you can also add film to single pane window to mimic some of the reflective factors that newer glass has. It can reduce glare, heat and light that enter your home or office, and help maintain kinder temperatures throughout the year. It is also imperative to ensure the optimal performance of the existing single pane window by installing weather stripping to avoid any gaps that might let warm or cool air escape your house or office. Thick, double backed curtains can block cool or hot air and help maintain sunlight. So too can outdoor shades, or awnings.
Single pane window may have been the only option at one time. It still has its fans and its optimal uses, though it takes a few additional products such as storm panes and films. Though, these add-ons can save you money compared to the expense of full double-pane glass with argon gas and Low E glass all in one glass. It is easier to replace and fix the older of the two versions, and less expensive at that. So, do consider the old standard when you choose your next glass.
Author: Joseph Gringeri