You splurged for the energy-efficient, triple pane windows — and now one’s broken. Temperature fluctuations, natural disasters, human error…there are many reasons a window could break. When you’re staring at a broken window, you may wonder, can I just replace the glass in my window, or do I need to replace the whole window? Get our thoughts below.
Replacement Window Glass Options
Depending on the problem, you have several options for replacement window glass. If the pane of glass cracks, a window company can remove the broken pane and replace it with an insulated glass unit or IGU. There are several options for replacement glass, but your window will perform best if you replace the broken pane with the same type of glass.
With IGU replacement, the broken pane is removed, the frame cleaned up, the IGU popped in and then sealed in place. With caulking or weather–stripping to block drafts, your window will be as good as new at a fraction of the price of a replacement window.
You can remove and replace broken glass yourself if you are on a tight budget; however, it is tricky. If you need a special glass (such as glass with Low-E coating), you’ll need to special-order it from a manufacturer.
If something goes wrong while your windows are under warranty, contact the manufacturer before you replace broken window glass. By replacing the glass in the window with an IGU, you could unintentionally void the warranty.
When to Replace the Window
Sometimes, your best bet is to remove and replace the entire window. While this costs more, there are times when a window is not worth saving. Here are a few considerations.
If the seal on your window has failed, you are best off replacing the window. Defogging services exist, but they are a quick fix for a problem that will recur until the windows are replaced. The telltale sign of a broken seal is condensation between the panes of glass, which makes the glass appear foggy.
If the muntins or munions, the dividers in a window, are also broken, you’re best off replacing the entire window and not just the glass.
With wood windows, replacement should happen if the wood frame begins to rot. While some rot can be remediated with a patch, severe decay compromises the integrity of the window. Window replacement companies can recommend wood windows that match a home’s historical character, which is your best bet to preserve the value of an older house.
If your existing windows are nearing the end of their lifespan, 15 years or older, replacing them when the glass breaks may save you money in the long run. If you’ve got low-quality windows that are drafty and energy inefficient, this your chance to upgrade to a higher quality model you like.
Window replacement technology is continually advancing. Features such as improved security latching, sealants, vinyl window construction, and solar protection result in more durable, easy to use windows and efficiency gains for your home energy bills.
Protecting Replacement Windows
Once you’ve replaced your homes windows, you want to protect your investment. We have a few suggestions to help keep your replacement windows looking like new.
Use screens. Screens are built to withstand force with a unique flexible design that will make these those windows last. A snap to mount or unmount and they won’t dent or scratch like
Keep Them Clean. Vinyl windows are low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a good reliable cleaning. A good habit is to clean interior and exterior windows in the fall and again in the spring. The good news, keeping your new windows looking like new is as simple as a spritz and a rinse.
Replacement Windows from Americas Best Choice
If you’re not sure whether you need replacement window glass or replacement windows, our experts here at Americas Best Choice can help! We will steer you toward the right solution for your problem. Take a look at our wide array of replacement windows and glass options for windows. Contact us today to get started with finding the perfect solution for your home’s windows.
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