Looking to reduce heat loss through your windows? Triple glazing is fast growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. When the colder months creep in, that extra layer of insulation can make all the difference. But just how much does triple glazing cost to install?
Whether you’re building a new home from the ground up or thinking of replacing windows to keep your house cosy and the energy bills down, read on. Our guide is packed full of pointers, considerations and typical costs for installing triple glazing.
What is triple glazing?
Triple glazed windows are effectively an upgrade from double-glazing. They are constructed from 3 panes of glass that are filled with air to create 2 sealed cavities. The result is a higher level of energy efficiency, noise insulation and security. Homeowners tend to choose triple glazing to reduce heat loss in their homes and, in turn, bring down the running costs of heating their properties in winter.
While double-glazing was once considered the way forward, older units are inefficient at insulating by comparison. Triple glazed window fittings can seal the heat inside, making for a cosy home and lower energy bills. Of course, with the extra pane and cavity comes a higher price-tag. However, for those looking to make cost-savings in the long-term, triple glazing is undoubtedly worth the upfront investment.
|Size and type of property||Number of windows||Average cost (+VAT)|
|Two-bedroom flat||4 windows||£1,950|
|Two bedroom terrace||5 windows||£2,500|
|Semi-detached house||8 windows||£3,900|
|Detached house||12 glazed windows||£6,000|
Cost of triple glazing
As you would expect, the average triple glazing cost will depend on a range of factors including the number of windows and the size of your property.
For example, a two bedroom terraced house with 5 windows will cost in the region of £2,500 to have triple glazing installed on all windows. If you own a larger home with 12 windows, you could expect to pay around £6500 for the entire job.
While size of property and scope of work will determine the baseline costs, additional factors may increase the amount charged by window fitters. This could include:
- Accessibility – If scaffolding is required to access windows, this will factor into the quote provided.
- Location of property – Contractors in London and big cities will inevitably charge more to reflect the demand.
- Type / Style of window – uPVC casement style triple glazed windows are generally priced between £505 and £770. If you prefer to have a window with one opener, the material cost will typically be between £620 to £895.
- Colour of frame – White is generally cheaper than woodgrain.
- Waste removal – If you require old windows to be removed, it may be worth asking a contractor to factor in waste removal to their quote.
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Is triple glazing worthwhile?
In the future, building regulations are likely to call for windows in new build homes and replacement windows to have a combined U-value of around 1.4 W/m²k in order to reduce carbon emissions.
Triple glazed windows are thought to be 40% more thermally efficient than “A” rated double-glazing, so investing in this early could help you to add value to your property. Other benefits of triple glazing include:
- Lower energy bills
- Reduced condensation
- Improved security
- A warmer home in winter
- Reduced noise pollution
What is the average triple glazing cost per square metre?
Costs will vary depending on the size of the window. For this reason, many suppliers provide a triple glazing cost per square metre. In the UK, the average cost per m2 tends to fall between £400-£500.
What is the average triple glazing cost per window?
A triple glazed window will cost £485 on average. By comparison, the cost of a window with double glazing costs approximately £350.
Are there alternatives to triple glazing?
Whilst triple glazing is recommended for colder regions, double glazing is usually sufficient in more moderate climates. If you have single glazing or older double glazing and are finding your heating bills higher than they should be, it could be worth getting them replaced. If you aren’t sure whether additional glazing is necessary, read our blog on the pros, cons and additional considerations of double and triple glazing.
Can triple glazing help reduce energy bills?
If your home has single glazed windows or older double glazed units, costs savings on energy bills can amount to up to 50% in a year. For example, if you own a detatched house with single glazed windows, switching to triple glazing could result in around £175 worth of cost savings.
Can I install triple glazing myself?
While it is possible to fit new triple glazed windows yourself, the smallest mistakes can lead to heat loss. This ultimately defeats the point of investing in the first place. To ensure windows are sealed and fitted correctly, we strongly recommend hiring a professional – particularly if you plan to replace all windows in your home.
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