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Should You Replace the Whole Window Or Just the Glass?

Sep 19

When replacing glass in windows, you have two options: replacing the glass only or the entire window. This article will give you an overview of both options.

It's a decision you should make carefully based on your budget, window condition, and personal preference. Let's get started.

Glass replacement vs whole window replacement

The decision to replace your windows with glass only or with a whole replacement is largely a matter of preference, budget, and efficiency. Both have their benefits. For instance, glass replacement is more affordable than a whole replacement, and it can help you save money on your energy bills. Moreover, it can increase the security of your home.

Whole window replacement involves replacing the entire window, including the sash, glass, and framing. This process can take longer and may be more expensive than glass replacement. Full replacement allows you to upgrade the look of the entire window, possibly adding greater curb appeal.

Another question you may have is about whether all windows in a home should be replaced at the same time

Glass only window replacement

Glass only window replacement can be an affordable alternative to complete window replacement. Glass only replacement costs less than replacing a whole window, but it is more complicated, especially if the window is double-paned with gas or spacers in between the panes. You will need to order a special pane of glass if you're replacing the glass only in such a window.

Glass only window replacement is the most affordable option for dated or single-pane windows.

Whole window replacement

If you're concerned about the energy efficiency of your windows, you may want to consider full replacement over just new glass. New framing will help to better seal the window from the cold or heat outdoors that can ramp up utility bills costs.

Another reason to replace the whole window is to upgrade the look of your windows. You may opt to go with a different material like vinyl or aluminum or a different color frame. You will also have the option to customize your framing with a grid.

What should you do?

Glass-only replacements are a cost-effective option for homeowners, but it neglects the potential need for new frames. If your windows are very old or are single-paned, you might want to consider a full window replacement instead. You should shop around and to find a good contractor that offers the best price for window installation.

Whether you should replace the glass in windows or the entire window depends on your preferences and budget. However, both options have their advantages.

Generally, it is better to replace the whole window instead of just replacing the glass. This will ensure that you get a more energy-efficient window with improved performance. The new frame will also help trap and preserve the heat in your home, which can help you save money on energy bills. Also, you will have a more secure window, which will give you peace of mind.

While you may not be able to repair a broken pane, you can replace a sash with a new one. However, you'll have to replace the entire window if the problem is deep enough to compromise the window. Alternatively, you can choose to replace the glass only if you notice serious damage to the frame or the window's overall look.