As with all things in existence, there’s often a flip side to everything. So, you have a good and a bad side to a particular thing. This same concept applies to sound, which by its amazing properties allows us to hear various enjoyable things, however, by its properties as well, what we hear can turn into a disturbance and by that, we get unwanted noise.
Additionally, when it comes to the flip side of things, it is normal to curb or try to reduce how you can be affected by it or how it can affect you or your property. On that note, when it comes to unwanted noise, people over time have thought up and executed various ways of stopping or reducing unwanted noise from affecting them. This is often done by blocking the noise and reflecting it back out of their personal space.
In light of that, one of such ways for keeping unwanted noise out of your personal space is via glazing and it’s various forms, in which you have double and the much newer triple glazing. Now, people often ask about the main topic here, that is, if triple glazing can adequately reduce noise and to that, the answer is obviously yes.
The answer is all the more obvious since we’ve already established that glazing is a widely used means of reducing noise. For better understanding, below is a rundown on all you need to know about triple glazing and glazing in general.
What is Window Glazing?
For a start, the first thing to do is to know exactly what glazing is all about. The easiest way to describe it will be to say it is just the lamination of two or more glass panes with an adhesive material.
In most cases, glazing your windows is a task that is done during the process of renovating your home or making a particular room soundproof.
On that note, you should note that glazing your windows is simply laminating the glasses of the window with a thin layer of plastic covering placed over the glass panes, which are then bound together with the help of a clear adhesive resin. Furthermore, the way glazing works or blocks out noise, can be described very similar to how we keep ourselves warm by wearing layers on top layers of clothing.
Therefore, glazing is making use of the plastic covering layers to keep the silence in and the noise out. Furthermore, besides the advantage of noise minimization, you should also note that glazing has other benefits like insulation, a strengthened window glass, etc.
In light of all that, the next bit of information to focus on is then the forms of glazing, in which we have double and triple glazing. However, with triple glazing as the crux of this article, we’ll dive straight into that.
When talking about triple glazing, you should first of all note that there isn’t much of a difference between double glazing and triple glazing, rather it is as the name suggests.
Therefore, while double glazing is making use of two glass panes Instead of just one, it follows that triple glazing is simply making use of three glass panes instead.
However, with triple glazing, the three panes of glass are used with air space left in between and this is done using gases like Argon – which are filled to then help with property improvements. The layer of argon gas has 67% of thermal conductivity of air, making it a poor conductor of heat, thus keeping warm air trapped inside your home and helping improve energy efficiency.
On that note, it is clear that with so little differences, the benefits offered by double glazing would naturally still be found in triple glazing. If there was to be a slight difference, it might be in if triple glazing ensures a high level of noise reduction than double glazing.
Following that line of reasoning, below are the differences between double glazing and triple glazing, when it comes to noise, followed by a look at noise reduction as a benefit of triple glazing.
Differences Between Double Glazing and Triple Glazing
- Noise Reduction – The first thing to look at of course would be noise reduction and if triple glazing does this better than double glazing. On that note, you should note that there is definitely a variation on the amount of sound that passes through a glazed window. However, the variation is based on simple aspects like the spacing of the glass, where it is placed and the thickness of the layers, rather than the core difference of the number of panes glazed. In light of that, there’s hardly any solid proof that triple glazing bests double glazing in noise minimization.
- Insulation – The next attribute to look at would be the insulation level, whereby, there is a clear difference and advantage with triple glazing. The reason for that is the extra pane of glass which allows for trapping more sounds than double glazing. Therefore, triple glazing offers a higher insulation level.
Apart from the two major differences given above, other minor differences between the two are costs and thickness, in which, triple glazing certainly cost more than double glazing. Also, in reference to thickness, triple glazing with the additional pane of glass has that too.
Noise Reduction in Triple Glazing
As earlier stated, it is clear that the noise reduction offered by triple glazing isn’t that far off from what you get in double glazing, except however in ways like energy efficiency and as now know sound insulation.
The noise reduction levels that can be achieved with triple glazing are very beneficial and advantageous. It goes without saying that it is a lot better at reducing outside noise than double glazing.
As such, triple glazing in windows can be perfectly used for houses in a busy and very noisy environment.
It is beyond doubt that triple glazing reduces noise and ensures a quiet environment. In light of that, if you’re still doubting whether to spend the extra cash on getting it, I say go for it.
Especially when you’re in the process of renovating or remodelling and you want to change the single glazed windows originally used.