Double Pane Windows

A double paned window, also known as an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU), is a window with two panes of glass separated by a vacuum or gas (like argon). These types of windows are twice as efficient as single pane windows and are designed to reduce both energy loss and outside noise, such as street traffic.

Double paned windows have the unique ability to keep warm air inside during winter and cool air indoors during humid summer months. Your home will be better insulated and quieter all year long. Glass Doctor® of Mechanicsburg, PA has trained professionals who have the expertise and tools needed to get the job done right.

The Science of Modern Units

Even though IGUs are more expensive than single pane windows, given the choice, most homeowners who are able to opt to install double pane windows, do. This is because of the installation that these windows provide your home. Single pane windows do not have air pockets; heat passes through the glass more readily than air. The air pockets that IGUs have reduce conductivity in the window, resulting in a better-insulated home.

The twin panes of your IGU are held together with a space made of moisture-absorbent material called desiccant and the entire unit is sealed to prevent the inner air chamber from escaping. To further improve the insulating properties of the window, Glass Doctor of Mechanicsburg, PA offers IGU with argon or krypton gas in the air space and Low-E glass.

Why Choose Double Pane Windows?

Homeowners who opt to install IGUs, whether constructing a new home, or replacing a single pane window in an existing home, reap the many benefits immediately after the installation:

  • Your home’s energy bill is reduced; some units save home owners up to 50 percent in energy expenses.
  • Your carbon footprint is reduced.
  • Your noise pollution is reduced (this quality is especially valuable to our clients who live in busy, urban areas).
  • Double pane windows prevent 25 percent of the sun’s heat from entering your home, reducing glare and UV damage to carpeting, drapes, and furniture.

These benefits are seen in varying degrees based on the number of windows within your home that are replaced, and other energy saving measures employed.

How to Install or Replace a Double Paned Window

If you are considering upgrading your home’s windows or updating worn-out double pane windows, look no further. Glass Doctor of Mechanicsburg, PA is here to help! Our specialists have been trained to install, repair or replace double pane windows.

Good Panes Gone Bad

Over the past two decades double pane windows have become the standard window option for new construction houses. However, many homes in America were built in the 1980’s, according to the American Housing Survey. If your home was built before or during the 1980’s it is more likely to have single pane windows or IGUs that have aged past their usefulness. There are some warning signs that show if your IGUs have outlived their usefulness, such as:

  • A cloudy appearance to the glass.
  • Condensation forming between the panes.
  • Your panes are broken or distorted.

Windows account for 25 percent of residential heat loss. If your windows are in disrepair, it is critical to seek a solution. Consider trying a DIY efficiency test to see if your home windows are as efficient as they should be.

Installation and Replacement

If your windows are showing signs of age or disrepair, it’s time to consider replacing them. The trained experts at Glass Doctor of Mechanicsburg, PA will talk you through the step-by-step process for replacing the window:

1. The old window will be removed in its entirety (including the casing, trim and sill plate).

2. Prepare the space for a new window:

  • Clean the opening and remove any dirt or debris
  • Repair or replace any damaged lumber or material
  • Ensure the opening is level and square
  • Remove and siding or resize the opening to accommodate the size of the new window

3.Install the window using the manufacturer recommended hardware and adjust the fit with shims until it is plumb and square.

4.Finally, add spray or traditional insulation to any gap surrounding the window frame. Then replace any siding, trim or casting.

Contact Us Today

If you don’t have the time to replace your windows panes do not worry. Glass Doctor of Mechanicsburg, PA is here for you. We deliver a premium customer service so that you can discover the difference double pane windows can make in your space.

Schedule an appointment online or call us at (717) 766-6262 to schedule a free on-site consultation today!