How to replace double paned glass that is broken or fogged

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If you have a fogged or broken double pane window (also called an insulated unit) you don’t have to replace the whole window. You can just have the glass replaced and keep the existing frame in place, then there won’t be a problem matching frames and you’ll save money. Even if only one piece of glass is broken or fogged you’ll need to have all of the glass replaced. These insulated units come sealed from the factory so they won’t fog, the pieces are sealed together.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure
  • White piece of paper

Step 1
Try to see if the window is tinted or has a low -e coating. You can hold a piece of white paper behind the glass and see if it changes color. Low-e glass is more expensive than clear and is more energy efficient. You’ll want to make sure the repaired window matches all of the other windows so it looks the same. We have samples of low-e coatings to choose from and we will help you make a match.

Step 2
Measure the glass size; it doesn’t need to be exact for a cost estimate. Also note if you have muntons or dividers inside the glass, new units can be ordered with these in place.

Step 3
Now that you have the sizes call us for an estimate. We will give you an estimate over the phone. You should be able to get a material and a labor price so you can decide if you want us to do the work or if you want to do it yourself.

If you can remove the insulated unit yourself you can bring the broken one to glass shop so we can order a new one. If you can not remove the glass we will send a glazier out to get exact measurements and material specifications. Then we will order the material and come back to replace it. It usually takes 3 or 4 days to get the new glass.

Step 4
Enjoy the clear view!

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