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Glass Installation & Repair

Glass Installation & Repair Educational Content

Fogged and broken glass. Double-pane windows get foggy when their seals fail. Those failed seals let air into the space between the panes. With normal temperature changes, the moisture in that air condenses and causes the foggy look. Failed seals can have several causes. Sometimes, it’s a manufacturing defect. In other cases, the windows were installed incorrectly or were exposed to temperature extremes. Seals also fail as the windows age. A company that specializes in glass installation and repair can replace broken or fogged glass. In many cases, they can do this without having to replace the frame. A glass professional should be able to identify and replace virtually any type of glass. This includes insulated, tempered, or Low-E glass as well as specialty options like textured and patterned glass.

Glass window and door repair. If any part of a window or door is broken, that window or door won’t work correctly. It also won’t be safe. A qualified company can repair or replace everything from window jamb liners to door rollers, handles, and locks.

Window and door replacement. Some glass professionals can help you choose replacement windows or doors. They’ll account for everything from your house style and budget to HOA restrictions.

Other types of glass work. Glass installation and repair companies often offer a wide range of services beyond windows and doors. If you need things like new window screens, glass shelves, or custom mirrors, a glass pro can usually help. The glass for these types of projects is typically custom-cut. Glass professionals have the right tools and experience for the job. Always have cracked or broken glass around your house replaced promptly. Doors and outdoor tables should always have tempered glass (also called safety glass). Tempered glass is stronger and breaks in a safer manner than conventional glass. Tempered glass is required by code in many settings and is recommended in others.

New windows do wonders for reducing your energy consumption at home. Energy-efficient windows can help block heat transfer, which keeps your house more comfortable. These windows block heat transfer with heat-reflective coatings and gas-filled inserts.

Low-E coatings. Increase your home’s energy efficiency even more by installing Low-E windows. Low-E (short for low-emissivity) glass has a special coating that lowers the transmission of ultraviolet light, or heat. Low-E glass can also lessen visible light transmission. This means that you’ll notice less glare and lower cooling costs.