Insulating Glass Unit Replacement – A comprehensive solution to your insulation woes
A comprehensive solution to your insulation
In a number of situations, window repair can actually be more viable (and even simpler) than Window replacement. And with smart solutions such as insulating glass unit replacement, the process doesn’t have to be very invasive either.
Let’s first understand how insulating glass units work
In essence, an insulating glass unit is a self-sustained assembly consisting of two glass panes separated by a spacer, together enclosing a cavity that can contain either dehydrated air or an inert gas such as argon. The assembly is hermetically sealed and can be installed in a window frame of a compatible size. The double glazing, along with its insulation cavity, minimises heat transfer between the outdoors and the interior of your house, retaining internal heat in winter, and keeping your home cool in summer.
When do you need window glass pane replacement?
With double pane windows, it is often difficult to conclusively determine the need for glass replacement. The key is to look for fogginess or condensation between the panes. This is the most commonly faced problem with double glazing. It is important to understand that this fogginess is a direct result of moisture entering the cavity between the panes, which automatically means that a path has been cleared for air movement. As such, fogginess or condensation indicates that your double pane window is no longer insulating your home, and that it’s time to call the home window glass replacement service.
Is insulating glass unit replacement viable?
Insulating glass units are self-contained and independent of the remainder of the window. As such, faulty or foggy units can simply be replaced by new ones, without interfering with the remainder of the window. Insulating glass unit replacement is much more viable than cosmetic repairs that remove condensation from the unit without restoring its insulating capacity. The difference is easy to spot. Fogginess in your existing insulating glass unit will be accompanied by draughtiness, increased noise levels (because a properly functioning unit also provides a fair amount of sound insulation), and in advanced stages, dampness around your window frame or opening. ‘Repairing’ the unit might rid it of the condensation, but you will continue to notice the rest of the symptoms. A few ancillary steps such as caulking might slow things down, but these won’t be effective in the long run. On the other hand, replacing the insulating glass unit will make your window good as new, which also implies that the next repair won’t be due for a good many years.
It is important to note that while insulating glass unit replacement is a widely accepted practice today, getting it done professionally is highly recommended. This is because the process requires much more accuracy and expertise than a single window glass pane replacement. The existing unit will have to be carefully removed without damaging the sash, accurate measurements will have to be taken in order to build a customised replacement unit to size, and the assembly will have to be meticulously inspected after installation to ensure that all its joints are effectively sealed. So the next time your double glazing acts up, get in touch with a home window glass replacement service for a quick and hassle-free replacement process.