It’s spring and you know what that means?
Warmer weather and more people spending time outside. Whether it’s children playing ball in the yard or neighbors mowing their lawns, accidents can happen and your home’s windows may become cracked or broken.
Even if your window escapes harm from an errant baseball or a stray rock thrown from lawn equipment, it may be showing other signs of malfunction. If it seems foggy outside when the day is sunny and clear, you probably have a broken window seal. This is an annoyance because you can’t enjoy the view from inside your home and it can also indicate mold and mildew problems due to moisture seeping in.
If you try to ignore the crack, break or fog in your window, you’re risking more than just aesthetics. An “ugly” window may mean your house is drafty and energy inefficient and less secure. It’s advisable to take care of broken windows as soon as you can.
Older windows with a single pane of glass can be fixed relatively easily with a trip to your local glass shop, but what about newer vinyl windows with double panes of glass and a layer of gas between them? The benefits of double-paned energy efficient windows are clear and you can learn more about them here. When they get broken, damaged or the seal fails, it can be more involved to remedy the problem.
And, if you replace the glass in a double hung vinyl window with a new window that does not fit correctly, you’re opening up your home to many more problems down the line like:
- Warped frame
- Sticking when opening and closing
- Broken seal and re-occurring fog
- Weak window locking system
To ensure a proper seal and fit that will keep your family comfortable and safe, replacing the entire window is probably your wisest decision. However, there are ways to repair broken glass if you choose to do so.
Seek out a reputable company with experience repairing the Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) in double hung vinyl windows. This process will involve careful measurements and research to make sure the new IGU and the sash are compatible. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a warped or bowed frame and a window that won’t open and close or seal and lock as it was designed to.
How to measure for a new IGU:
You’ll need to make note of the width, height and thickness of your existing glass unit. This will involve taking apart your window by removing the stops around the edge of the sash and disassembling the entire sash to get to the IGU. There are tutorials online to walk you through the steps if you want to take on this project yourself.
Check to see if it’s covered.
One thing to remember if your window becomes cracked, broken or foggy, is to first look at your window warranty. For windows under 12 years old, repair or replacement may be covered. Locate your original paperwork to see.
Mr. Rogers Windows offers a Worry-Free Performance Guarantee on replacement windows as long as you own your home. This includes accidental breakages and normal wear and tear. Click here to find out about our commitment to providing windows that keep performing as well as the day we install them.