Replacing window glass is a task that we may encounter during maintenance or modernization of our home or office. However, before we start this process, it is worth understanding what insulating glass is and what steps should be taken to effectively replace it. This article will help you understand why this is so important and how to do it properly.
Insulating glass: What is it?
Today’s windows often use insulating glass, i.e. sets consisting of two or more panes of glass. Thanks to this structure, excellent thermal insulation is achieved, especially if glass with a low-emission coating is used. Spacers are placed between individual panes, which create an insulating space filled with air or noble gas, as well as a moisture absorber. Glass and frames are connected using sealing and adhesive compounds. If one of the windows is damaged, the entire set must be replaced.
Quality is key
It is worth noting that the quality of insulating glass may vary significantly. Therefore, it is important to always ask the manufacturer what kind of glass is installed in the windows. It is best that they come from a reputable company with quality certificates, such as ISO. This ensures that the kit contains actual noble gas and not just what is on a sticker.
Who should replace the glass in a plastic window: the manufacturer or the glazier?
In the case of replacing the glass in a plastic window, we can contact both the window manufacturer and the glass plant. Although many people associate glass plants with small orders, currently they are advanced facilities with extensive technical knowledge. There you can order insulating glass of any size, with various fillings.
Window glass replacement: Price and safety
Replacing window glass is not an impossible task, but there is always a risk that a poorly performed operation will cause problems such as tilting the frame. Therefore, it is worth ordering a new glass unit together with installation, although it may be slightly more expensive. Professionals know how to avoid mistakes that may occur when replacing glass. Moreover, when ordering assembly together with the material, if the new glass breaks during transport or installation, the service technician will be responsible, not the customer.
How to choose the right glass size?
The new insulating glass must be perfectly matched to our window. Therefore, its size depends on the dimensions of the window and the type of profiles used. If we order glass from a window manufacturer, the matter is usually simple. If the window is unusual, it is worth consulting the manufacturer and providing the order number, which will allow for accurate reference to the specific window configuration. If you order glass from a glass factory, you must measure the glass before placing the order. Appropriate measurements are crucial, especially if we want to avoid problems with window sealing.
Window replacement – summary
Replacing window glass is a process that requires attention and precision. When choosing insulating glass, it is always worth investing in quality, because it affects the insulation and overall energy efficiency of our building. Regardless of whether we choose a window manufacturer or a glass plant, it is good to ensure safe installation to avoid problems in the future. Properly selected and installed glass can improve the thermal and acoustic comfort in our home.