The Heartbreak of Broken Windows: Do You Need to Replace the Entire Window or Just the Glass?

The Heartbreak of Broken Windows: Do You Need to Replace the Entire Window or Just the Glass?

The Heartbreak of Broken Windows: Do You Need to Replace the Entire Window or Just the Glass?

Is there anything worse than investing in high-quality brand-new windows, only to have one break within a year or two? Of course, if the issue was with the quality of the windows, then the window manufacturer or installation company should replace the windows via the terms of your warranty. However, if the issue is an errant baseball, a burglar, or something else that broke your window, these issues are likely not covered by your warranty.

Continue reading to learn about your options, whether you need to replace the entire window or just the glass, and how your homeowner’s insurance may cover the cost. Then contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 if you are looking for help replacing your windows.

First: Check to See if Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Will Cover the Repair

It may be that the broken window is covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. For example, if a storm resulted in a branch breaking through your window, then this would likely be covered. However, you will need to meet your deductible. If only one window is broken then this may not be worth it, but if you need to replace several windows, have a new front door installed, or other damage to your home, it may be worth it.

Your Options if the Window is Cracked

If the pane of glass within your window is cracked, then we can remove this broken pane and replace it with an IGU. You could choose a number of replacement glass options, but we generally suggest that you replace the broken pane with the same kind of glass it was made for. This will give you the best performance from your window.

To do this, we remove the broken pane, clean up the frame, and pop in the IGU. We then seal it in place with caulk, weather-stripping, or whatever will work best for your unique needs. This will get you a window that is as good as new.

Your Options if Your Windows Are Damaged and/or Near the End of Their Lifespan

If there has been other damage to your window, you should consider replacing them altogether. Your windows will continue to fog, even after defogging services, until the windows are replaced. If you see condensation between the panes of glass, then you are likely to need to replace them.

Likewise, if you would need to replace your windows within a few years anyway, then now may be the time to do it. The last thing you want is to spend money replacing the glass, only to rip all the windows out and replace them in a year or two. To find out whether your windows are close to the end of their lifespan or not, contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200.

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