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Window Pane Replacement: The Difference Between Glass-Only and Whole Window

November 1st, 2012 | 2 min. read

Window Pane Replacement: The Difference Between Glass-Only and Whole Window

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Broken Foggy Window Glass PaneIf the glass in your windows is broken or foggy, you’ve probably asked yourself this question: Should I replace the glass in my window or the whole window? Many people are unaware of the options available when it comes to window replacement.  The answer to the question of glass-only vs. complete window pane replacement is really quite simple—would you prefer a short-term or longer-term solution?  At the end of the day, either option will result in your home not being left with a gaping hole; however, the end product can vary quite drastically, which is where I hope to help.

Glass-Only Replacement

Glass-only replacement is most often the simpler fix.  The advantages are lower cost, the ability to keep the window in question the same aesthetically as the others in your home, and typically a fairly quick installation time.  For someone with a window that has been the victim of a golf ball or stray rock flying through the air, glass-only replacement usually makes quite a bit of sense.



Whole Window Pane Replacement

On the other hand, complete window replacement tends to be a great solution when looking for a longer-term fix.  One of the greatest benefits is that in addition to adding energy saving glass, you are also adding energy saving framing.  Most people do not realize this, but quite a bit of the efficiency that’s realized in a quality window has just as much to do with the framing as it does with the glass.  Poor framing material can result in excessive heat/cold transfer as well as expansion and contraction which will ultimately lead to leakage. This results in those ugly foggy window panes. If only the glass is replaced, this problem could potentially resurface, since the ultimate cause has not been fixed. Costs associated with complete window replacement are usually higher than glass-only replacement, yet present a nice solution if you are interested in a longer-term fix and greater energy savings over time.



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