Replacement Glass for Double Pane Windows
Your double pane window is cracked and you need replacement glass. Before you decide whether to install the new double pane window yourself or to hire a professional, there are a few things you should know about double pane windows, the repair process, and the pros and cons of a DIY replacement.
How to Replace Glass for Double Pane Windows
You never know when you may need to replace the glass in your double pane windows. Natural disasters, errant baseballs, a break-in by an intruder or simply a failed seal can happen at any time. It’s a good idea to know what is involved in finding and installing replacement glass for your double pane windows before you try to tackle the job yourself.
- If there is molding around the window unit, pry it loose and set it aside.
- Remove the rubber glazing around the edges with a putty knife.
- Cut the sealant that holds the IGU in the frame.
- Use a suction cup grip to lift the old window unit out of the frame. If the window is not in tact, you can carefully break away the remaining broken glass. Always wear protective gloves and goggles when handling broken glass.
- Apply silicone sealant into the channel where the replacement glass panel will go.
- Insert replacement glass using a suction cup grip. Apply new sealant to hold the replacement glass in place.
DIY vs. Hiring a Glass Professional
Replacing glass in your home can be a tough DIY job. You may not have all the tools necessary for the process and the job itself can be extremely dangerous and time-consuming, especially if you haven’t done it before.
Call in a Glass Specialist
It is best to call in a glass professional to replace the glass in your double pane windows. At Glass Doctor®, our specialists make the replacement process easy, safe and efficient. When you hire a professional, you save time and you reduce the risk of seriously injuring yourself when handling broken glass.
Structure of Double Pane Windows
Double pane windows, or insulated glass units (IGUs), consist of two panes of glass separated by a spacer and layer of air that provides insulation. Sometimes this space is filled with gases, such as argon or krypton, for additional insulation.
A failed seal around the glass in an IGU is a common reason to replace a double pane window because condensation will become trapped and build up in between the panes. If the window is broken or cracked, you will want to replace the glass to ensure safety and preserve the energy efficiency of the window.
Other reasons you should consider replacement for double pane windows:
It is worth noting that some manufacturers of double pane window units will not honor their warranties unless the units are installed by a professional. In order to get the job done right the first time and preserve your warranty, you may want to call a professional glass replacement shop that will come to your home to take measurements, order the IGU, and install it for you.
Call Glass Doctor Today
At Glass Doctor, we make the glass replacement process for your double pane windows simple. Call our glass specialists today for a free, in-person consultation at (855) 603-1919.