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Broken windows are like spilled milk. Both are a reality of life and there’s no point in “crying” over it. Both can be replaced easily within most budgets and skill sets. While it’s true that certain types of glass are costly like thermal glass, most glass used in homes can be replaced cheaply and easily. In reality, you just need to learn how to replace a broken window and have a little budget for it.
Glass used in home construction is manufactured in six different types in a price range from moderate to very expensive and in sizes almost unlimited for standard replacement in windows and doors. Single strength glass is standard for windows and doors; double strength glass is the same – but is a bit stronger.
Tempered glass, the best buy for patio doors and screen/storm combination doors, will not shatter into jagged pieces when broken, thus providing a very important safety feature. In fact, in many areas, tempered glass is required by local building codes.
Safety glass is similar to tempered glass and should be considered for windows and doors subjected to heavy people traffic. Some types of safety glass have small wires embedded in the glass for strength.
Insulation glass, or thermal glass, is generally found in patio doors or other installations where large areas of glass are used. You can tell an insulation glass installation by looking carefully around the edge of a window or door. You’ll see a metal strip dividing the sections of glass. It’s this “double glass” with a thin layer of air space between surfaces that gives the glass its insulation or “thermal” quality. When one pane of this double-pane is broken, the entire section of glass usually must be replaced. Hence the cost.
Don’t be overwhelmed with this information. Generally speaking, they’re all just glass, and they all can be replaced when broken.
This illustrated guide will show you all the information that you need when it comes to glass and windows. Best of all, you’ll learn how to replace a broken window.
- Tool & material checklist
- Safety tips
- Glass in wooden frames
- Glass in metal casement windows
- Glass in plastic gaskets
- A little maintenance, please
- Glass in jalousie windows
- Glass in storm windows
- Insulating glass windows
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