Single-Hung vs. Double-Hung Windows: How the Benefits Measure Up

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing the right windows for your home, including cost, energy efficiency, air flow, and ease of cleaning and repair.


Single-hung windows, which feature a bottom panel (called a sash) that can be raised vertically while the upper sash remains stationary, are what we see most often in homes and residential buildings. Double-hung windows, which are becoming more popular, feature a moveable lower and upper sash. Let’s look at how they measure up in terms of benefits.



For initial installation, single-hung windows will often be the less expensive option, though how much more economical they are sometimes depends on the type of materials used (e.g. vinyl vs. wood). Although double-hung windows may be higher price-wise, when placed in strategic locations these windows will add a unique accent to your home that sets it apart from others in your neighborhood.


Other things to consider when calculating price are costs associated with regular cleaning and maintenance (see below), as well as how each style impacts the resale value of your home.


Energy Efficiency

In addition to reduced energy usage, benefits of energy-efficient windows include lower heating and cooling costs, less condensation and fewer maintenance issues.


While both single- and double-hung windows offer energy-efficient varieties, something to keep in mind is that with double-hung windows there is a greater chance for a poor air seal, which can actually increase energy use. This problem can be avoided with proper installation and the use of quality materials.



Because they open at both the top and bottom, double-hung windows typically offer better ventilation than single-hung windows. Lowering the upper sash and raising the bottom sash both about halfway can produce a recirculating effect that increases air flow throughout your home.


Cleaning & Maintenance

Here is where double-hung windows shine. If you have ever tried to clean the upper sash of a single-hung window, you know what a pain it can be to have to go outside to reach the exterior. The same goes for repairs and replacement, which more often than not require calling a professional.


With double-hung windows, cleaning and maintenance is far easier—especially with newer models that have a convenient tilt-in feature. Also with double-hung windows, DIY-inclined homeowners can choose to replace the upper sash on their own.


Both single- and double-hung windows offer a safe barrier when installed correctly and maintained on a regular basis. With double-hung windows, you should go the extra step of making sure they are shut properly so that the lock remains secure.


For families with young children or pets, a unique benefit of double-hung windows is the ability to open the upper sash and still enjoy the fresh air while keeping the lower sash closed for safety.


There’s a lot to think about. XO Windows can help.

Whether you are building a new home or replacing your existing windows, XO Windows is the place to start. As Arizona’s largest window distributor, we can help you choose the right size, style, and frame materials. Our expert installers will take it from there to ensure you are absolutely satisfied with your new windows. Call or email us today or fill out our online form for a free estimate!

New Year, New Custom Windows: Imagine the Possibilities

When it comes to new windows, the sky is quite literally the limit! Perhaps you’ve always wanted a better view of the sky — and the rest of the outdoors. You can get the views you want with beautiful, custom-designed windows.


Imagine creating a focal point inside your home with floor-to-ceiling glass panes, complete with an elegant arch at the top. Whatever your heart’s desire, getting the custom windows you’ve always wanted is a great way to start the New Year.


Custom windows let there be more light.

Large windows are a great option for a finished walkout basement to provide both daylight and a view to a backyard. As an added bonus, now that there’s more light in the basement, you just designed a more inviting room and created extra living space, perhaps for a playroom a home office, or even an extra bedroom.

Square is so last year…or is it?

It’s still hip to be square when it comes to windows, but maybe you want a little variety in your home, too. When squares just won’t do, think outside the rectangle about decorative triangular windows that add variety to smaller spaces, or an octagonal window that creates a focal point in your breakfast nook.

Celebrate your curves.

Arches overhead and circular windows add curve appeal to any home, from traditional to contemporary. Find a curve that fits your style and celebrates your home’s unique personality.



New, custom windows are more than aesthetically appealing, they also add value to your home.

Replacing old windows is an investment you make that increases your home’s overall value, so why not select a layout and design you really like? Adding new windows where there weren’t any before is one way to open up a room, enjoy a better view, or create a unique space. It can mean the difference from liking your home to loving it.

XO Windows is Arizona’s largest window distributor. This year, allow us to help you create the home you’ve been dreaming of with specialty windows and custom designs to fit any style and budget. Get in touch to learn about the available options  – in all shapes and sizes.

Ode to the Window Sash

Window Sash

Windows are more complicated than they’re given credit for.

There are dozens of working parts that go into keeping your windows safe, secure, and functional—the window sash being one of the most critical.

Sure, it’s pretty easy to overlook how windows in our home function.

But understanding window design can help you diagnose problems early on, recognize when it’s time for a replacement, and even prevent issues from arising altogether.

So, here’s what you need to know about the unsung hero, the window sash.


First of All, What Is a Window Sash?

Let’s go back to the basics.

To the unobservant eye, windows look something like this:

Window Sash

  • A large frame (built into the house)
  • Smaller frame/frames fitted inside
  • Glass panes

Well, the window sash is the part that holds the glass panes in place.

In other words, the smaller framed part of the window that, usually, slides up and down to open the window.

The most common example is seen in double-hung windows, where one sash (framed glass pane) is positioned directly above the other.

The bottom sash glides up and down and, often, the top sash is fixed in place.


So, Why Are Window Sashes Important?

Aside from allowing us to open and close our windows, window sashes can indicate issues arising with your windows.

See, it’s imperative to understand how the window sash functions and the signs that it may be time for a fix or replacement.

After all, a nonfunctional window lowers the value of your home at best, and is a risk to your family at worst.


Identifying Different Window Sashes

Most modern homes have window sashes, regardless of the style.

We already spoke about double-hung windows, where one sash window is positioned above the other.

Traditionally, the top sash was fixed in place, although it is becoming more common for both the bottom and top sashes to be movable.

This allows the top window sash to glide down to let fresh air inside the home—which avoids the safety hazard of children falling through open windows.

Sider windows, on the other hand, only have one sash and glide horizontally rather than up-and-down.

And finally, casement windows open with a crank, therefore only utilize one sash window as well.


The Risks of a Problematic Window Sash

There is a long list of reasons why you should pay attention to your window sashes, as a faulty sash can result in drafts, leaks, and windows that are distorted or stuck in place.

If you have any of these issues, there’s a chance your window sash could simply be repaired; however, older windows may require or benefit from a complete replacement.

While the initial cost may be high, your energy bills, home value, and safety add up to a full return on your investment.


When It’s Time for a Replacement

…it’s always in your best interest to work with a local reputable company.

XO Windows is a hugely popular source for window replacements in the Southwest, saving you money and enhancing the appeal and value of your home.

If you’re in need of a window replacement, we can measure your window for an exact fit and give you a quote fast.

If it’s time to replace that window sash, contact us today.

Four Reasons to Love Picture Windows


It’s a little counterintuitive.

Windows that don’t open? What’s the point?

Picture windows are more of an artistic display than a functional, traditional window. They have no moving parts and, therefore, don’t open or close.

But believe it or not, this window style has some seriously appealing benefits. Here are four big reasons picture windows could be just the thing your home needs.


1. Lots of Natural Lighting

Picture Windows

Picture windows can be installed almost anywhere, filling otherwise dark rooms with mood-boosting, energy-saving, bright natural light.

With a variety of sizes and shapes, these windows are more versatile than most; but don’t worry about any negative implications of sunlight, such as stained furniture or rising temps, with our LOĒ³-340 glass.

2. Money Savings

Who needs to turn lights on when there’s so much natural light filling the room? With tightly sealed edges in conjunction with our LOĒ³-340 glass, energy savings can be expected as well.

Aside from that, there are no moving parts at risk of breaking and needing replacement; this also means picture windows typically cost less than that similarly-sized, moving windows.

3. The Views!

Picture windows can become the main focus of a room, or even your entire home. If you have a stunning backyard, view, or just want to capture the natural beauty of the sky, picture windows make it easy to frame it like art.

Not to mention these windows can make your home look bigger altogether, as the lighting and views give the illusion of more space.

4. Durability and Minimal Maintenance


Without the constant motion of opening and closing, picture windows have a tendency to remain intact for longer than traditional windows.

But because these windows are such a focal point in the home, it’s important to keep them clean and sparkling. Otherwise, maintenance is a breeze.

XO Windows: Picture Perfect Windows

Picture windows can give your home the look you’ve always dreamed of. If you’re interested in these artistic windows, we are thrilled to help you find the perfect ones for your home.

Give us a call today.



Replacing That Broken Window: An Investment Worth Making

Accidents happen; sometimes, a broken or shattered window may be the result. And while replacements may not always be cheap, taking care of that cracked or shattered window will actually save you money in the long run.

Energy Waste

Arizona temperatures are known for rocketing into the triple digits. To combat equally high energy bills, energy efficient windows keep cool air sealed in and hot air out. With broken, cracked, or even inefficient windows, your home will be uncomfortable and your energy bills will continue to be high.

South and west-facing windows are particularly vulnerable to the intense sun, and will be the most important to replace.

Your Home’s Value

If selling your home is a possibility in the near future, a broken window could have a drastic effect on the value of your home. What could have easily been replaced for under a few hundred dollars could end up affecting the amount of money you receive for your home by a couple thousand. Appearance is everything in the buying and selling market of a home, and a broken window sticks out like a sore thumb—having the ability to change a potential buyer’s opinion before they even call a realtor.


Besides the money wasted on your monthly energy bills, broken windows always bring the risk of a serious injury. A home with children or pets particularly can’t afford the risk of a fall or cut from shattered or weakened glass. Not only is this dangerous to those who live in the home, but a visit to the emergency room or doctor’s office will not be a cheap outcome.

Waiting to replace a window with broken glass also puts your home interior at risk of damage and break-ins. Outside weather can quickly damage your walls, floors, and furniture, and a broken window is an easy-in for intruders.

Keep Your Home Safe, Its Value High, and Your Energy Bills Low

Whether a window is shattered, or simply inefficient, it’s time for a replacement. You can’t afford the expensive consequences of a damaged window.

At XO Windows, we have a wide selection of energy efficient windows to fit your home and your budget. We’ll help you through every step of the process, until your home is safe and efficient again.

Contact us today for more information on replacing your windows.

Protect Your Home From UV Rays This Summer With New Windows

UV ray blocking windows

When it comes to shielding ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays, we probably already know to take proper precautions by wearing sunscreen, using protective eye wear, and limiting our exposure, especially during bright, sultry days.

Although the outdoors do pose a significant risk for you and your family due to direct contact, researchers have recently discovered that even indoor living spaces are not exempt from the effects of sun exposure.

Ultraviolet Rays and Their Health-Related Risks

The sun’s light and heat are directed to Earth in the form of radioactive UV (ultraviolet) rays. It’s no surprise that natural radiation contained in sunlight, although necessary to maintain life on this planet, can cause serious health issues, including skin cancer.

The sun emits several types of UV rays. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are typically responsible for sunburns. These rays are much more powerful during the summer than at other times of the year, so it’s crucial to take extra protective measures during these months. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, although not quite as intense as UVB rays, possess a remarkable ability to permeate surfaces, thus providing Earth with approximately 95 percent of ultraviolet radiation.

The Problem with UVA Rays and Their Impact on Home and Health

Unlike UVB rays, which are successfully halted by traditional windows at the get-go, UVA rays penetrate your windows and travel directly into your living space. Aside from the more obvious health risks, the infiltration of UV rays can also cause permanent damage to your home’s interior.

Your walls, flooring, curtains, and other delicate furnishings are susceptible to significant fading that increases exponentially over time. Laminate, wood and vinyl plank flooring can also shrink, warp and buckle when repeatedly exposed to direct sunlight. Therefore, for both personal and safety reasons, it’s important to take action to keep your home a “safe zone.”

Bringing It Home

Although sunscreen offers an effective barrier, the very thought of slathering it on before draining your morning cup of coffee can be a bit disheartening. Of course, we might consider purchasing room-darkening shades and other sun-blocking window treatments that will shield us from the sun, but living “in the dark” (literally) can prompt problems of its own. A practical solution is to modify the window itself in order to protect your home from damaging UV rays.

Modern Options for Windows That Work

Thankfully, new windows offer protective, UV-banning benefits, making them a wise investment for so many valuable reasons. Aside from their sun-shielding properties, today’s windows are far more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly than the models of yesteryear. Instead of exclusively blocking UVB rays, today’s windows shield against all types of UV rays.

The most effective UV-blocking windows have special coatings in the glass, which screen out almost all of the sun’s harmful rays. LoĒ³-340 glass can’t be matched when it comes to reducing solar heat gain and shielding you from the sun’s UV rays, blocking 98% of UV radiation while also providing glare control and cooler glass temperatures.

Reflective and tinted glass, while not as effective as coated glass, are better alternatives than traditional glass windows, each slashing the UV infiltration by approximately one-half.

A Dynamic Partnership: How XO Windows Can Help Protect Your Home and Family

If you’re on the fence about purchasing new windows for your home, the experts at XO Windows will gladly offer detailed feedback and targeted advice to assist you every step of the way. The professionals at XO Windows will carefully evaluate your home absolutely free of charge in order to suggest only the most targeted, effective solutions for your unique living spaces.

We proudly market Energy-Star Certified windows, so you can rest assured that you’re purchasing the best, most-qualified windows available on the market today.

Contact us to schedule your free consultation, and together, we will work to create a healthier, more environmentally-safe home for generations to come.

Read more about our LOĒ³-340 glass.



3 Reasons Why Vinyl Windows are a Great Choice for Arizona

Here in the Southwest, we have a unique climate and landscape that requires smart choices when it comes to building materials. Between the blistering heat, low humidity and intense sun exposure, our climate makes vinyl windows a great choice for homeowners and builders.


Here’s why…


1.  Vinyl Windows Can Save You Money

If you’re looking for a way to decrease your energy bills, vinyl windows are for you; the increased insulation they provide makes them an ideal choice. Vinyl windows are on average about 20% more energy efficient than aluminum or other commonly used windows.

Here in the desert we see soaring temperatures in the summer and cool, sometimes freezing, nights during the winter. Vinyl windows can help maintain the comfortable temperate you’ve worked hard to create in your home. Vinyl windows are welded together, creating an airtight seal and decreasing dust and air that might slip in. UV inhibitors give you added protection from Arizona’s scorching sun.

On top of energy efficiency, vinyl windows can also increase the value of your home.  Their ROI makes them a great economical choice now and in the long run.

2.  They Look Great

Vinyl windows can not only save you money, but they look great as well. They are made mostly of a plastic known as Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC. PVC windows can be molded to fit any home, which is helpful here in the Southwest where there are a variety of architectural designs and home styles.

Vinyl windows can also be made available in a wide range of colors, shapes and styles.  Their ability to be customized makes it easy to find the perfect fit for your home.

3.  They Require Little to No Maintenance

Vinyl is extremely easy to clean and requires very little routine maintenance. Vinyl can provide the appearance of wood without the threat of termites or other infestations, and they won’t rust, fade, crack or warp. They are also good for noise reduction. Easy to use and easy to clean, vinyl windows are a great choice for the Southwest.

XO Windows has a variety of different types of vinyl windows including horizontal sliding windows, single hung windows, picture windows and casement and awning windows.

Contact the professionals at XO Windows today to see if vinyl windows are right for you! 

Can Energy-Efficient Insulating Windows Really Save You Money?




There are a lot of “quick fixes” out there, like caulking and weatherstripping, that promise to improve your windows’ insulation and reduce air leakage.  But the reality is, these are not long-term solutions and they rarely do much to make a noticeable difference in your heating and cooling costs.

If your home has old or inefficient windows, you may be wondering  ̶  should I purchase energy-efficient replacement windows?  Will they help me save on energy costs? Will my investment pay off in the long run?  What do all the ratings mean, and what windows should I consider?

XO Windows is Arizona’s largest window distributor, and we’ve got the answers. Keep reading to find out how our new MI EnergyCore™ windows can help you lower your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable.

First, What do All Those Ratings Mean?

Understanding performance ratings is the first step to knowing what type of windows are best for your home and climate. In Arizona, we have the challenge of keeping a home cool and comfortable despite extreme heat and high solar radiation.

Here are some terms you should know:

U-factor:  A window’s U-factor measures the amount of heat transfer, making it a marker of the window’s insulation. The range is usually between 0.25 and 1.25; the lower the number, the more energy efficient the window.

Performance Grade:  The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) gives this numeric rating, which defines the overall performance of a product.

R-value:  The R-value measures thermal resistance; it refers to how much a window resists heat conduction.  A high R-value indicates a more energy-efficient window.

What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?

There are several factors that make a window more or less energy efficient; these include:

The frame can affect the window’s resistance to heat conduction and is typically wood, fiberglass, aluminum or PVC.

The glass works to absorb solar radiation; reflective coatings or glazing filter out heat. Double- or triple-paned glass is more energy efficient than single-paned windows.

The design can be based on the window’s shape and orientation, climate, style, security and functionality. Windows designed with insulating factors and quality construction in mind will make the window more resistant to water and air penetration.

Save Money with MI EnergyCore Windows

For consumers who want stylish windows, maximum performance and optimal energy efficiency, the MI EnergyCore Window System can’t be beat. Let’s take a look at what these windows provide in terms of energy efficiency:

MI EnergyCore windows are manufactured with patented AirCell™ PVC frame technology, which provides multiple air and water barriers. This frame blocks thermal conductivity better than any other material  ̶  3 times more than wood, 4 times more than rigid PVC and 6 times more than fiberglass.  The frame supports many residential window sizes and styles.

Along with an energy-efficient frame, TMAX™ Insulating Glass is argon-filled and triple-paned. The extra barriers to heat transfer gives it a superior thermal performance, and improved sound control reduces noise.

The design is engineered to provide multiple air/water barriers such as improved weatherstripping,  interlocking meeting rails and maximum draining sills, which all help keep your home dry.

All MI EnergyCore windows have an AAMA Performance Grade of at least 40.

The windows have an R-value of 5 and U-factor of 0.2, exceeding ENERGY STAR® standards and placing them in the top tier of energy-efficient windows available today.

What Does this Mean for You?

MI EnergyCore insulating windows have been proven to reduce heat loss by 30-40%, and your energy bill will reflect those numbers. The more heat you can keep IN your home in the winter, and OUT of your home in the summer, the less you have to pay at the end of the month.

When these award-winning windows are properly installed, they can truly help maximize your home’s performance and comfort and minimize your heating and cooling costs.

If you’re ready to make your home more energy efficient, contact XO Windows to find out if MI EnergyCore windows are right for you.

Securing Windows for Arizona Monsoon Season

The sky grows darker as clouds begin to populate the sky, a subtle warning of the storm that’s soon to follow. Gradually, the wind picks up and humidity seems to increase, making the Phoenix valley feel almost tropical. The combination of moisture in the air and sweltering heat seems surreal for Arizona, where dry heat dominates the summer and humidity is almost unheard of. Time to close those windows!

If you’ve ever experienced a summer in the valley, you’re all too familiar with this scenario. Chances are, there’s a monsoon on the way! Monsoons in Arizona are usually accompanied by an enormous cloud of dust called a haboob, often spreading across the length of the entire valley and reaching heights taller than 5,000ft!

These dust storms aren’t just an inconvenience when you’re trying to drive home on the freeway with limited visibility, but they can also be a health concern to you and your family. They kick up a huge amount of dust and pollen which is sucked up into air conditioning vents and spread throughout your home. Those dust particles can carry harmful bacteria that can cause allergic reactions. Not only that, but Arizona monsoons tend to cover everything exposed to them in a thin layer of dust!

So what options do you have to minimize the damaging effects of these summer storms? One option is to ensure that your windows are up-to-date and properly sealed. Intense monsoon winds, dust, and heavy rain will test the durability of those replacement windows like nothing else. Follow these steps to properly secure your windows in preparation for the next big storm.

Replace or Repair Windows with Seal Failure

Before taking drastic measures like purchasing new replacement windows, do a quick walkthrough to identify energy inefficient windows around the house. Windows in need of replacement will be poor insulators as a result of frame deterioration or poor sealing. Typically, these windows are beyond repair and are a sign that you should start researching replacement windows.

While shopping for replacement windows, keep in mind that if  your home’s old enough to have single-pane windows, it’s probably a good idea to ditch them for some double- or triple-paned windows that will be more efficient insulators.

Contact your local window providers to see whether triple-paned windows will offer you any additional benefit over double-paned options in your area. If you’re a Phoenix resident, triple-pane windows might not be worth the extra cost, given the exceptionally warm climate. The benefits of triple-pane replacement windows are much more apparent in cold weather climates.

Replace Windows with Warped or Deteriorated Frames

Just because the window glass is intact doesn’t mean that those are energy efficient windows. Have you checked the frame? Improper sealing can cause serious structural damage to your window frames and the area of the house surrounding the affected area. If you have a warped or deteriorated frame on your hands, you can bet that moisture build-up is sure to follow.

By this time, it’s usually too late to repair the windows and they should probably be replaced, especially if they’re wooden frames. Once deterioration sets in, it’s basically impossible to reverse. The soft, warped wood will continue to collect moisture until the constant draft becomes so unbearable to residents that they’re forced to purchase replacement windows.

Clear Debris

Over time, leaves, dirt, dead insects and other debris builds up in the window tracks. After too much build-up, the windows become hard to close and require some cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and debris.

While you’re at it, double check that the weep hole is clear. The weep hole is a small on the exterior side of the track that allows water to drip outdoors instead of inside. Not only will your windows function better and close properly, they look a lot nicer when they’re clean!

Seal Leaks with Caulking

During the inspection of your home’s windows, you may find that some of the existing caulking has eroded or cracked away. This is a pretty good sign that you’ve got a leaky window on your hands. If you also feel a draft coming from the same place, you can be certain that there’s a leak. Leaks are a small problem and aren’t usually cause for replacement windows.

Caulking is a sealant that’s available at most home improvement stores which is inexpensive and easy to apply. After clearing away debris and old, cracked caulking, you can go ahead and apply a fresh line to the unsealed area. Be sure not to apply new caulking over old caulking that has cracked. Remove it and apply a fresh layer of polyurethane caulking instead, since it’s better at preventing moisture than acrylic or latex caulking.


As a Phoenix valley resident, you should have a decent understanding of the extreme weather conditions that we regularly experience as well as a firm grasp on how to protect yourself and your property from those conditions. Replacement windows can significantly improve the interior comfort level of your home by keeping the bad weather out of your living space.

To learn why you need energy efficient windows in the Phoenix Summer, Click Here.

Triple-Pane Replacement Windows: Why You Want Them


Multi-paned window glazing has been around for nearly one hundred years, ever since Edward Libbey and Michael Owens invented the double-glazed window glass back in the 1930’s at their glass company in Teledo, Ohio. Libbey and Owens recognized the potential impact that double-paned glass could have on the average consumer. The greater energy efficiency and increased comfort that’s afforded by double-glazing replacement windows would soon become a widely sought-after commodity for the average consumer.

The new invention catapulted the home window industry to new heights as businesses were established nationwide to meet demand. Proactive research into new replacement window materials and features became commonplace as industry entrepreneurs began to compete more aggressively with each other, each dedicated to establishing the next trend.

Triple-paned windows are similar to double-paned windows in almost every regard but they differ in a few key places. For example, since triple-glazed glass has three window panes, insulating glass such as argon can fill the space between the middle and inner window pane as well as the space between the middle and outer pane, doubling the amount of inert gas within the window. These inert gases are great insulators, reflecting heat from your home and increasing energy efficiency.


It doesn’t get much better than this; triple-paned replacement windows utilize the most contemporary glass technologies to increase comfort and security while nearly eliminating condensation and aggravating noise. Here’s a breakdown of some of the benefits that triple-pane windows have to offer.


The insulating ability of triple-pane windows is probably the most significant advantage that they have over double-pane windows . Triple-pane replacement windows are especially good at preventing heat penetration in places with exceptionally warm climates like Phoenix, AZ.

Triple-paned windows have an extra layer of glass compared to their double-paned counterparts, providing two additional surfaces that low-emissivity coating can be applied to. This is an especially notable benefit for Arizona residents, since the extra layer of low-E can have a drastic effect on preventing radiant thermal heat from the outside.


Condensation occurs when air comes into contact with a surface much cooler than it. The cool surface chills the air that it’s interacting with; if the dew point is reached during this interaction, condensation forms upon the surface of the glass. Triple-glazed windows tend to attract little to no condensation as a result of their inherent energy efficiency.


Triple-pane replacement windows are naturally good noise insulators. The third pane of glass and extra space between panes blocks out noise from the outside world and dampers noise from inside the house, increasing privacy for its residents.


Three layers of glass are stronger than two! Triple pane windows are far from unbreakable but the extra pane naturally provides an extra layer of security. Not only are these windows harder to break, but the locking mechanisms found on triple-pane replacement windows tend to be of a higher quality than those found on double-glazed windows of a similar style.



Triple-pane replacement windows can cost as much as 40% more than double-paned windows of the same make and quality. Triple-pane windows will make up this added cost over the course of their lifetime in energy savings but realistically, this might not happen within the lifetime of the windows. To a large extent, this is dependent upon the climate, since triple-glazed windows will be more effective at conserving energy in climates with extreme temperatures like here in the Phoenix valley.


The weight of your triple-pane replacement windows should be a primary consideration before making a commitment to purchase them. That extra pane can weigh as much as 50 lbs. more than a similar, dual-paned model. Not only that, triple-paned windows are thicker so you must ensure that the window frames can accommodate them.

Additional Considerations

We pointed out that the higher price point is a disadvantage of triple-glazed windows but the added cost should really be thought of more as an investment than an excessive or needless expenditure. Triple-paned replacement windows add a level of comfort, security, and energy efficiency that double-paned windows just aren’t capable of producing. Of course, it’s always best to get a second opinion from your local Arizona window installer, who will have a better understanding of just how beneficial triple-glazed replacement windows can be for the type of climate that your reside in.

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