DIY Glass Window Pane Replacement Guide
There comes a time when you need to change things in your home. It could be a remodel of the bathroom or kitchen to suit a contemporary design and so on. One of the areas you should be inspecting at your home is the windows. Windows that are not functioning correctly can affect your comfort. What are the signs that you need to replace your windows?
One is excessive condensation if you have a double-glazed unit. This may mean that the inert gas in the middle of the glazing has seized being useful, or there is a crack in the panes that are allowing the gas to escape. If the noise outside is becoming too much, it means that you need to insulate your panes or replace those window panes immediately.
Why replacing glass window pane instead of the whole window?
Most homeowners shy away from replacing their windows because they try to avoid the thought-complex work. The good thing is that you do not have to replace your entire window. You can replace the panes, and you will continue to enjoy the different functionalities of windows. That is insulation, noise control, allowing natural light into the room and ventilation. The good news is that you can replace only the glass window pane if your windows are not serving you as they should. You don’t have to replace the whole window. This comes with several benefits which include:
Replacing the entire window is not an easy job and will require more materials than if you are replacing the pane. More so, you can do it yourself, as it is not that technical. This is yet another cost saved, as you will not have to hire a professional to do the job.
Replacing the whole window takes a lot of time, which you can instead use doing other productive things. More so, it is not always necessary. If the window pane is in good shape, then there is no point in replacing it. This will help you spend less time doing the replacement.
Types of window panes
You need to know the kind of windows that your house needs as you go shopping for the panes. There are different types and sizes of window panes, and you need to know the kind of frame you are working with before making your pick.
Single pane windows have one glass pane. Single pane windows come in various styles and glass types, just like the other types of window panes.
Double-pane windows are made of two glass layers, with an inert gas trapped between the two glass layers. This gas gives this window type its insulation properties. It can also control sound.
As the name suggests, triple pane windows consist of three panes of glass, and just like the double pane glass, has an inert gas trapped in between. It is the most advanced glass windowpane type.
Replacing the different glass types is a pretty easy job. You just need the right tools for the job and a simple DIY guide.
Tools & Materials requirements
- Glass pane
- Scraping tool
Procedure to replace the broken glass pane
Before you start anything, make sure you have the right size of replacement pane. Using a measuring tape, take the measurements then use them to order your glass pane.
- Remove the broken glass pane while wearing gloves to prevent injuries.
- Remove the residual glass chips and the putty by using the scraping tool. Use the brush to clear any remaining particles. The surface needs to be clear for a successful installation.
- Knead the putty to the right consistency and apply it to the window frame. Once it is ready, fit the panes in the frame and apply pressure so that it stays in place.
- Remove excess putty if there is some and apply paint to the frame if it is chipped.
Repairing Double pane & Triple panes window
It is possible to repair a double and triple pane window. However, unlike the single pane unit, it may not wholly be a DIY project. However, you can still save some money while at it. In this project, most of the time, you have to remove the entire sash. Unless you do not want to retain the window’s insulation properties, you will have to send the whole sash to the manufacturer, so that they may also fill the window with the inert gas.
The primary role you will play in this project is removing the broken glass from the sash and ensuring that it is clean and clear of residue before you send it to the manufacturer. Note that the removal of the sash from the window frame is not so easy. Therefore, you might want to contact a professional and get directions. You can also decide whether you are up to the task or not. Double and triple-pane windows are only useful if they are correctly installed.
The right partner to get a quality glass for window pane replacement
Your windowpane replacement project is only as good as the quality of the glass you use.
Single pane units are easier to install compared to their double and triple pane counterparts. This makes them perfect for DIY projects, and you do not need to call a professional to help you replace a broken pane.
The double and triple pane units are more complicated as they have to be filled with an inert gas in order to be functional. If you are not well versed in these glass panes, you should allow a professional to assist you. Also, remember that getting quality glass is critical. You want a durable glass pane that will not need another replacement after a short while.