Single Vs Double Vs Triple Pane Windows – The Pros And Cons

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Choosing the correct windows for either your home or business is not as easy as it sounds. Many factors go into selecting the right type of window that you might not have thought about. This includes energy efficiency, the cost of installation, the life expectancy and the materials.

You will want windows that not only look great but also match up to the needs of your home or business. The windows produced today are designed to last for many years so you should ensure you are making the correct choice to begin with to avoid regrets in the future.

The Differences Between Single, Double, And Triple Glass Windows

  1. The single-pane windows feature a single pane of glass, which is held together inside a frame. These windows come in a range of materials and styles.
  2. The double-pane windows feature two panes of glass inside a frame. These windows trap gas like argon between the two pieces of glass to improve home insulation.
  3. The triple-pane windows are designed with three pieces of glass. Similar to the double-pane windows, each panel features spaces around each edge to provide a space that is uniform between each layer. The seal between the panes results in airtight windows. Gas is also used to fill up the spaces between the panes for even better insulation. When you compare the U-factor between double and triple pane windows, the triple-panes offer an average of a 20 to 30 percent improvement when it comes to energy ratings.

Here is a break-down of the pros and cons of single, double, and triple-pane windows. Hopefully, this information will assist you in making a more informed decision for your business or home.


The Pros And Cons Of Single Pane Windows

The Pros

  • The single-pane windows are the cheapest option when compared to double and triple-pane windows.
  • These windows are lightweight.
  • There is a large range of styles and materials to choose from.

The Cons

  • Single-pane windows are the least energy-efficient option.
  • They are also not effective when it comes to noise reduction.
  • While the up-front costs for an installation may be lower, without the additional insulation they will usually end up costing you a lot more concerning your cooling and heating bills.

The Pros And Cons Of Double Pane Windows

The Pros

  • With two pieces of glass, the overall insulation is much better, which means you will start to save money on cooling and heating bills, as your home becomes more energy-efficient.
  • Noise reduction will also increase as these are thicker windows.
  • They can increase the resale value of your home.
  • By requiring less effort to cool or heat your home, you will be using fewer fossil fuels, and your home will become more eco-friendly.

The Cons

  • They may cost more to buy and install, yet they will start to pay for themselves when you start saving cash on your utility bills.
  • You cannot buy only one. If you really want to experience the added quality and money-saving benefits of double-pane windows, all the windows in your home need replacing.

The Pros And Cons Of Triple-Pane Windows

The Pros

  • Energy Savings

The triple-pane windows can offer as much as a 50% saving over the single-pane windows, and an added 20% saving in comparison to the double-pane windows.

  • Improved Insulation

The enhanced insulation that triple-pane windows provide translates into additional benefits such as better soundproofing. Your home will be a lot more insulated with triple-pane glass windows as there are more layers that the sound waves and light waves need to pass through. This type of insulation also prevents condensation on the inside of your windows, when the outdoor temperatures start to fluctuate.

  • Added Security

A break-in is a nightmare for any home or business owner to contend with. Single-pane windows are flimsy and easy to break into, yet with triple-pane windows, the glass is a lot harder for burglars to smash or break-through.


The Cons

  • Additional Weight

– Unfortunately, with the extra panes of the glass, your sashes are much heavier placing pressure on your window frames. The added weight of the glass can also become an issue in casement doors and windows because the hinges are unable to deal with the added weight from the windows, causing them to bend as time goes by. With a vertically operating single or double-hung window, the weight could cause the windows to slam shut accidentally.

  • Exterior Condensation

One of the drawbacks of installing triple-pane windows has to do with condensation that forms on the outside of your windows on colder mornings. While this in no way means that cold air is penetrating your windows, it can be an inconvenience when you are unable to see what is going on outside.

  • Added Cost

Due to the added glass panes and the dedicated frames that are needed to support these windows, the triple-pane windows are the most expensive option when compared to single and double-pane windows. Unless you reside in an extremely cold climate, the added expense would not be worth your while in association with energy savings that the double-pane windows can provide.


Even though triple and double pane windows provide significant advantages when taking energy efficiency into account, they are both more expensive when compared to the traditional single-pane window. Yet even though the outlay initially may cost you more, this is slowly returned in a reduction in utility bills along with an increase in property value.

Just about every homeowner is interested in finding ways to lower the expense of cooling and heating in their homes. If you are in the process of planning to replace or repair your existing windows in your home or business, or you are planning to build a brand new home, it is important to be aware of the options that will provide you with lasting benefits without impacting to harshly on your bottom-line.

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What Are The Advantages Of Building A Pergola For Your Outdoor Living Space?

Do you want to improve the appearance of your outdoor living space for the summer? Are you looking to improve the overall aesthetic appeal of your patio or deck? Do you need an area of your backyard that you can dedicate to your potted plants? If so, one of the fastest and easiest solutions to achieve all of these creative ideas for your yard is to build a pergola.

So, why a pergola? Pergolas are constructed using different types of materials such as vinyl, metal and even cedar.

Many people confuse pergolas with other types of structures such as arbors. Although they are similar, arbors are usually smaller and have a much simpler structure. Arbors are usually an archway that is typically found in yards, gardens, and parks.

On the other hand, pergolas are large, flat, open structures. Pergolas are typically attached to buildings or homes but can also be a free-standing structure. Even though these terms are often used interchangeably, it is important to understand the differences before you hire a contractor.

You can purchase a pergola-like shade structure from a home improvement store or membership club, but if you want one that is personalized for your specific wants and needs, it is best to have an experienced contractor custom build one for you. In fact, depending on what you are looking for in a pergola, they offer significant advantages when you are ready to create your perfect outdoor space.

They Add Definition

One advantage of building a pergola is that it can add purpose to your landscape. In other words, a pergola carves out a defined space in your yard that can be used for entertainment, lounging, dining and other activities. This is true especially if there is not a patio or deck that is connected to your house. When you add a pergola to your yard, you will be able to better establish how your outdoor living space will be used.

They Allow Privacy

Perhaps you do not want to have your activities on display for your neighbors to see when you are trying to relax and enjoy a warm summer evening outside. If you are not able to build an additional privacy fence, a custom-built pergola with screens, drapes, or even latticework on one or more sides can serve as an alternative to a privacy fence.

In addition, when a pergola is placed strategically in a yard, it can be used to block or cover an unsightly object from your view. For example:

  • The road
  • The rusty playground equipment
  • The next-door neighbor’s shed

In these types of situations, a pergola can enhance the natural beauty of your yard, while also keeping out any unappealing views that surround the yard.

They Create More Space For A Garden

Because pergolas can create space for open latticework (sometimes referred to as a trellis), they afford you the ability to hang vegetation. As a result, you will have a gorgeous garden near the clouds.

These structures are also excellent for climbing plants. As they grow from the ground, they can intertwine themselves around the structure. The result would be earthy, natural walls and/or ceiling for your pergola.

Some of the plants that you can choose from are:

  • Ivy
  • Grapevines
  • Honeysuckle
  • Wisteria
  • Clematis

All of these plants are able to grow and thrive on a pergola due to its open structure.

They Offer Protection And Shade

The most common shade-style of pergola that we build is a 50/50 shade to sunlight ratio. The top slats of the pergolas are usually 2″ wide and are spaced 2″ apart from each other eliminating 50% of the incoming sunlight. This creates a very comfortable outdoor living space and also makes for a very appealing home addition.

If you choose to add climbing plants and after they’ve made their way up the pergola, you will be able to enjoy even more shade whenever you want to relax underneath the plants. It may take one full planting season before the vines are able to completely take over the top of the pergola, but once the top is completely covered, you will be able to enjoy that much more relief from the sun’s UV rays.

More people are becoming aware of how direct sun exposure can affect their skin, and there has been an increased demand for pergolas that are available with canopies as an option. By having a pergola with a canopy addition, you will be able to open the canopy during the day for sun protection and then close it at night so you can enjoy the moon and stars.

They Can Increase Home Value

The bottom line is that the advantages of building a pergola of your own also adds value to your home. This benefit alone makes a pergola an investment that is well worth it.

According to home improvement gurus such as Bob Villa, having attractive and well-maintained landscaping can increase your home’s resale value by up to 20 percent. When you take care of the pergola and the vegetation that is hanging from it, this is the one addition to your landscaping that can truly make the difference for those who are in the market for a new home.

They Are Affordable

If you are looking to spruce up your yard without spending a lot of money, the best option may be a pergola. They are affordable, but they make a huge difference in the appearance of your yard.

There are some options that may cost slightly more than others, and that is based on the type of material that is used to build it. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a more durable, affordable and beautiful way to make your outdoor space livable than building a pergola.

Pergolas add a lot of beauty to a yard, and they also add plenty of interest to an outdoor space. For example, if you live in a gated, townhome community, having a pergola in your outdoor space could be the one feature that sets your home apart from the others. The pergola will make it much easier to sell or rent your home should you decide to move.

So, if you have done your research and you want to not only have a beautiful outdoor space but also increase your home’s value, consider adding a pergola. Contact us today at 970-663-2868 to see how we can build a pergola that will meet your budget and your needs. To learn more, you can also reach out to us via email at sales@tnthomeimprovements.com or visit our patio cover/pergola page.

Is It Better to Replace A Deck Or Repair It?

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It almost goes without saying that maintenance is essential in order to keep outdoor equipment in good working order. That also goes for infrastructure. Just as your lawnmower requires oil – so do fixtures like decks require maintenance. It is a fact of life that environmental factors can place huge stresses on outdoor fixtures such as decks, especially if they are built with natural materials such as wood.

Without that all-important maintenance, a wooden deck will suffer from exposure to the elements. Harsh sun and temperature fluctuations can be especially damaging to wooden decks. However, when viewing the damage most homeowners will be torn between having the deck repaired or replaced – what is the best option?

The first step is to ensure that you pay attention to the deck and its state of repair. An in-depth look at the state of the deck is absolutely essential in order to make a value judgment as to whether it might be a candidate for repair or replacement.

There are several things that need to be taken into account.

The first of these is to take a good long look at the surface of the deck including things like handrails. Moisture can wreak havoc with decks that are not sealed or have not had the sealing maintained. There is also the effect of UV rays which can play their part in degrading the natural fibers of the wood. Once that seal is degraded moisture can enter the deck and cause swelling which will inevitably lead to further damage.

The second part of judging the health of the deck is to check the posts. These are the foundation of a healthy deck. Due to the fact that they are vertical and hidden by the superstructure of the deck they are not usually exposed to direct Uv rays or the effects of pooled water. However, the base of the posts may be subjected to the effects of accumulated water.

There are a variety of ways in which a deck can be damaged. These can range from simple wear and tear to the effects of climate. However, there comes a time when every homeowner has a decision to make when it comes to repairing or replacing a deck. The issue boils down to one simple question: Is it more cost-effective to repair that deck or replace it completely?

It all comes down to dollars and cents – and the scale of the repairs that might need to be made. If a deck shows issues in one particular area it may not mean that the entire structure should be replaced. However, it is essential that the homeowner who wants to return his or her deck to ‘as new’ condition consult with experts like the ones we have here at TNT. The reason for this is simple. The deck may appear to only need cosmetic attention – however, there may be hidden dangers that affect the health of the deck. One of those is one that affects the older decks. Those decks might have support posts that were inserted directly into the soil. Modern best practice is to use footers – which limit the damage that standing water (or a high water table) can cause. Posts inserted into raw soil can suffer from rot – and an experienced and professional deck specialist will be able to advise homeowners on the best path forward should rot affect one or more posts.

That same professional should also be able to judge whether the deck is in need of repair rather than replacement in terms of the health of the beams. These Beams are the basis for the support of the deck. Damaged beams can spell doom for a deck. They are expensive to repair or replace. The sheer amount of time required to replace beams will mean that the homeowner is paying (per hour) more than the value of an entirely new deck.

If the deck requires remedial help there are a number of different options when it comes to material. The latest composite boards, for instance, mimic the look and texture of natural wood and have a variety of advantages over the natural material.

In fact, the decision to replace a deck should take into account the return on investment. Research has shown that a deck makes the home more attractive to buyers. A deck should be seen as a long term investment. However, that longevity should not mean that the deck requires constant maintenance.

The idea that a deck should require that much care and attention is firmly in many homeowner’s minds. Some go so far as to view a deck as an annoyance rather than an asset. However, on the other side of the fence, there are those who enjoy the convenience and lifestyle options that a deck provides.

These two opposing mindsets mean that judging whether or not to repair or replace a deck (or eliminate it altogether) may not be made logically. It is then when the services of a professional are most urgently needed.

One of our qualified and experienced deck specialists will conduct an in-depth examination of the state of the deck – and do all the calculations required to give you the peace of mind of knowing that the decision whether or not to repair the deck – or have it replaced entirely was the right thing to do.

It is also worth remembering that a skilled deck advisor will be able to offer a number of repair options when it comes to restoring a deck to its ‘as new’ status. This may mean using newer materials that are not natural – but that enhance, rather than detract from the visual appeal of the deck.

A deck is an asset in many different ways. It adds to the value of what for many will be the biggest investment they will ever make – a property. However, there is another investment that the homeowner will be making. A deck adds to the emotional wellbeing of a family. It is a place in the sun where the family can simply be with one another. So when that decision of whether to replace or repair that deck, consider the options carefully. Give TNT Home Improvements a call today at 970-663-2868. Click here if you would like to learn more about our deck building services.

Can Your Home Benefit from Siding Installation in Fort Collins, CO?

Siding Replacement Benefits

Over the years, harsh weather and aging can make your home’s exterior looked tired and worn. Fresh siding will give it the revival it needs. Siding installation in Fort Collins, CO brings homes back to life. This transformation offers the following benefits and more.

Increase your curb appeal

Make your house the nicest on the block. Updating your home’s siding creates an entirely new appearance. No one wants to be the neighborhood eyesore. With fresh siding, you can be the envy of the neighborhood instead. If you are planning to sell your home any time soon, this increase in curb appeal can make a huge impact on potential buyers and increase your home’s resale value. As potential buyers pull up to your home, their first impression will be more positive. Whether for sale or for show, new siding improves curb appeal by leaps and bounds.

Save your wallet

Who wants to spend a lot of money to continue painting and repairing the exterior of their home every year or two? Maintenance expenses for vinyl siding are almost nonexistent. You don’t have to repaint it or re-stain it. Initial installation is also less expensive than the alternatives. The siding will also provide better insulation. You will save money on heating and cooling bills throughout the year.

Save your time

Not only are you saving money with low-maintenance siding, you are saving the time you would otherwise devote to this maintenance. Think of the fun things you could do instead of spending weekends keeping up the exterior of your home. By allowing TNT Home Improvements to install your siding, you’ll save even more time from the beginning. The pros will have your home’s exterior looking sharp in no time.

Save the environment

Who doesn’t want to be more green? Vinyl siding rates well among green builders due to its high resiliency and low maintenance levels. Also, because it helps you use less energy, it is a more environmentally friendly option than its less energy-saving counterparts. Plus, you don’t have to use paint, stain, or other chemicals to maintain the siding. Cleaning requires soap and water only, which is much more eco-friendly.

Boost your lifestyle

With professional siding installation in Fort Collins, CO, you can transform your lifestyle. Think about it: with new siding your family home will be like-new. You can choose the best style and color that fits your home and your personal panache. You will be proud to showcase your home. The low-maintenance exterior will free up time you would otherwise spend on up-keep, allowing you to explore new hobbies or spend more time with family. Not to mention, the money you save on utility bills provides resources to boost other areas of your life. You’ll feel great about the decision to give your home, and your lifestyle a boost.

Start enjoying this impact

Don’t wait any longer to start enjoying these benefits of siding installation in Fort Collins, CO. Give your home, and your life, the simple but effective enhancement of new siding. Call the professionals at TNT Home Improvements today to start your new life tomorrow.