All good things must come to an end. Even the best-made windows will eventually crack or fog up and every homeowner will have to grapple with the issue of window replacement once in a while. The task can seem overwhelming. There are dozens of different window glass options out there and hundreds of window replacement companies vying for your attention. To help make your experience hassle-free, here is a quick guide to the basics of window replacement!
Why Replace Windows?
When a window is cracked, it goes without saying that it should be replaced as soon as possible. A cracked window not only represents a safety hazard, but also causes your energy bills to shoot up by letting the outside air into your home. However, this is not the only instance in which window replacement is essential.
Fogging is a common issue with insulated windows. These windows consist of two panes of glass with a tight seal between them and when the seal breaks – as will inevitably happen – the window takes on an unsightly cloudy look. This also compromises the insulation capabilities of the window.
Finally, even if your windows aren’t damaged, replacement can be a worthwhile endeavour. Have you installed Low-E window glass? If not, it’s time to think about an upgrade. Once considered a luxury, Low-E glass has been rendered increasingly affordable by advancements in manufacturing technology, so there’s really no excuse to not install this amazing product. First, it blocks out infrared light. This keeps your house cool in the summer, helping you save on air-conditioning bills, and traps the heat from your radiators in the winter, keeping your heating bills to the absolute minimum. In the long run, you’ll save so much with Low-E glass, the cost price will seem like a mere pittance.
The Mechanics of Window Replacement
Contrary to popular belief, replacing a window does not necessarily entail replacing the frame. In most cases, only the window glass needs to be replaced. With insulated glass, a crack in a single pane, no matter how small, compromises the entire window unit. You’ll need to replace the whole window.
DIY window replacement is rarely a good idea. You should enlist the help of a reputable window installation company. Our top tip is to look for window manufacturers who also offer installation and replacement services. They will be able to give you sound advice on the pros and cons of each window glass option and do a thorough job when it comes to window replacement. They’re also likely to be familiar with local building codes, in case you’re worried about running afoul of the law.
You can also help your window replacement professional out by giving him accurate information beforehand to facilitate effective planning. Note down the size and thickness of glass you need, the location of the windows you want replaced and the presence or absence of grids (decorative plastic pieces) in your window unit.
Make sure your window replacement process goes smoothly and it’ll be a long time before you have to pay for this service again. Pick an incompetent or inexperienced company, on the other hand, and you’ll probably have to bring in window replacement professionals again in a few months’ time.
Ricky Ahuja is a Window Replacement Expert at www.dullesglassandmirror.com an innovative manufacturer of glass table tops, glass shelves, and all other glass and mirror products. Follow Dulles Glass and Mirror on Pinterest or on YouTube to see how they’re changing the way glass products are manufactured, customized and delivered and installed.