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Should I Replace the Glass or Replace the Whole Window?

“Should I replace the glass or replace the whole window?” We just spoke with someone in Lancaster County who wanted advice on this issue. After talking with them about the pros and cons of each technique, we wanted to post a few thoughts below.

Pros of Replacing the Glass in a Window

Less expensive: It’s less costly to replace the glass rather than the whole window. Because the window frame isn’t disturbed, as it is with an entire window replacement, there is often less cost associated with this method.

Maintains existing look: If you like your windows’ basic color and style, replacing the glass helps maintain the existing design. This is often important in extremely old homes or when properties are in a historic district.

Faster installation: Custom replacement windows take a minimum of around two weeks to manufacture. The manufacturing times are often longer than two weeks when a custom exterior color is added. Unique specifications such as dual-color grids extend this time even further. By replacing the glass with single-pane glass or an insulated glass unit (IGU), the manufacturing time is quicker.

Whether you replace the glass or replace the whole window, you want to ensure the issue won’t surface again. Here are some negatives to just replacing the glass.

Cons of Replacing the Glass in a Window

Limited warranty: Depending on the company you choose, there may be a very short warranty for the glass. Make sure that if you spend money on a repair, it’s covered in the long run. If you’re looking for a quick fix, a warranty probably isn’t a concern. If you plan to live on the property for any length of time, you might consider whole-window replacement.

Continued issues: When a whole widow is not replaced, the cause of the issue that made the glass fail could still exist. When a window frame (or wall) causes the glass to crack or causes a seal failure on an IGU, merely replacing the glass may not correct the issue. You may need to replace the glass again if it fails repeatedly.

Looks the same: Replacing the glass is a great fix if the glass is the only issue. But if you’re looking to give the exterior and interior of your home an updated look, you may want to get a quote for whole-window replacement.

Why Zen Windows Only Replaces Whole Windows

When you shop for windows with Zen Windows Central Pennsylvania, you’ll get the full set of benefits from replacing the entire window. We know replacing the glass is rarely the soundest investment for homeowners, even when it’s technically possible — there are too many potential advantages to full replacement:

  • Choose new styles and designs
  • Eliminate hidden damage and future issues
  • Better improvement of home value
  • Improved energy efficiency through newer technology
  • Reduced draftiness and discomfort from leaky seals
  • Better security from newer, sturdier designs

If choosing replacement windows feels daunting compared to simply changing out the glass, don’t worry. At Zen Windows, we work to make the window-buying process easy for you from beginning to end, so you can put as little or much effort and attention into the decision-making as you want.

We’ll work to get you exactly what you’re looking for, even if you’re not quite sure what that is when we start.

If you’re unsure whether you should replace the glass or replace the whole window and want more information, contact us online. We’d be happy to give you some ideas and options.

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