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Tempered Glass | Window Replacement Guide

Before you choose replacement windows, you might want to consider replacing the glass. This action is a lot more affordable and just as efficient, if you were to replace the entire window.

Using tempered glass in windows increases the strength of the pane, improves the security of the overall structure and is a great window replacement option.

Types of Window Glass

While there are multiple types of window glass, there are two popular types offered by Glass Doctor®:

  • Annealed Glass—This type of glass is commonly used throughout homes and is probably what makes up most of your windows.
  • Tempered Glass—Stronger than annealed glass, tempered glass is best known for its safety glass features. If it were to break, it would shatter into dull cubes instead of jagged shards.

Should I Replace My Windows with Tempered Glass?

Tempered glass is very strong and if it broke, it would be safer for your home and family since the pieces wouldn't be as sharp as regular glass.

If you choose to replace your window glass with tempered glass, know that tempering does not change:

  • Its compression strength (the ability of the glass to resist crushing forces)
  • The rate at which the glass conducts and transmits heat
  • Stiffness of the glass

Know that tempered glass doesn't offer any additional climate control properties, so its primary value in replacement windows is safety and strength.

Replacing the Window vs. the Window Panes

If your windows are damaged, you may not need to replace the entire structure. Give Glass Doctor a call to see if you can simply replace the glass. We can help you determine whether you need to replace the glass in one or both of the panes, and you'll get the same end result for less money.

Additionally, if you have condensation between the panes of your insulated glass windows, you could have a broken seal which can cause your windows to weaken. If this is the case, our experts can replace the broken seal using a simple procedure that doesn't require you to buy a new window.

Check out some other reasons why you should replace your windows.

Reasons to Replace Tempered Glass Windows Infographic

Additional Window Replacement Options

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New insulated glass windows, with double or triple panes, are one of our specialities. They can positively impact your energy bill and keep your home free of drafts and temperature fluctuations.

Another option offered by our certified professionals is Low-Emissivity (Low-E) windows. This type of glass is the latest in window technology, providing energy savings and reducing exterior noise.

If you wanted to add an element of design to your replacement windows, consider the following window styles:

  • Double-Hung Windows—These have upper and lower sashes that allow you to control the air flow that comes in to your home.
  • Accent Windows—If you want different-shaped windows, consider installing these fixed pieces.
  • Casement Windows—These windows are hinged on one end and pivot out for ventilation on the other. They're easy to open and provide good air flow throughout your home.
  • Skylights—Choose between fixed or operable skylights that are mounted in your ceiling and produce tons of natural light.

Schedule a Free, In-Home Consultation with Glass Doctor Today

If you need tempered glass replacement windows, insulated glass units or Low-E panes, schedule an appointment with one of our glass experts today at 855-603-1919.

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Sources:

hunker: https://www.hunker.com/12000120/tempered-vs-annealed-glass

House Method: https://housemethod.com/maintenance/how-to-get-rid-of-condensation-in-double-pane-windows/

Lowe's: https://www.lowes.com/projects/build-and-remodel/replacement-window-buying-guide/project

Glass Education Center: https://glassed.vitroglazings.com/glasstopics/how_lowe_works.aspx

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