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Old 06-11-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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Replacing Glass In Vinyl Replacement Window?


A customer of mine has a double hung, vinyl replacement window with the glass broken in the bottom sash. I have never changed double pane glass and am wondering if it is worth ordering a new insulated glass unit to install in the sash or replace the whole window. The window itself is twelve years old and i'm not sure of the manufacturer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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yep, order a new unit and click, slide, and lock. no way you can replace the glass. They are all factory sealed.

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Thanks nEighter.
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Ditto that. If you can't find the manufacturer of the replacement window, just replace the whole thing--it's a replacement window.

I think it took me longer to read this and type a post than it would to change out the whole window.
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really? Takes me about 5 mins per sash to swap out glass. You can get the glass at any glass shop just need to know how thick the IG is. If the window is only 12 years old the glass should be covered as most warranty glass for 20 years. unless your like us and give a lifetime glass warranty
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Most vinyl windows (atleast here in Phila area) have a sticker on the bottom side of the top rail of the main frame. Just pull down the top sash and look up. It should have when it was made, by what company, size of window and invoice or order number. With that info you can order just the glass from the manufacturer or a new sash.
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Ditto that. If you can't find the manufacturer of the replacement window, just replace the whole thing--it's a replacement window.

I think it took me longer to read this and type a post than it would to change out the whole window.
true dat. to replace glass in those windows here in NE Ohio it is 40 bucks
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Ditto that. If you can't find the manufacturer of the replacement window, just replace the whole thing--it's a replacement window.

I think it took me longer to read this and type a post than it would to change out the whole window.
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really? Takes me about 5 mins per sash to swap out glass. You can get the glass at any glass shop just need to know how thick the IG is. If the window is only 12 years old the glass should be covered as most warranty glass for 20 years. unless your like us and give a lifetime glass warranty
I tell most clients just to take the window out, take it to my glass shop, they will measure and order the glass, take 3 to 5 days. The client can take the window right back home and put it back so they are not without their window. The shop calls when the glass comes in, they take the window back out, run it down to the shop, takes 5 or 10 minutes to swap out, and the client pays and takes window back home and reinstalls it. They think I am great beause I saved them some money and showed them how easy it really is.

If they don't want to do it they are still happy to pay me to do it for them.
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Thank you all for the input. I got in contact with a guy who can get me the glass. Gonna be the cheaper route and less hassle. thanks again.
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my only thinking on vinyl replacement windows is that alot are gas filled. No way you are going to be able to do that in the field.
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the glass comes as a sealed unit. I just have to remove the stops and put the glass in. The argon is already sealed in the unit.
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how much did it cost?
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I tell most clients just to take the window out, take it to my glass shop, they will measure and order the glass, take 3 to 5 days. The client can take the window right back home and put it back so they are not without their window. The shop calls when the glass comes in, they take the window back out, run it down to the shop, takes 5 or 10 minutes to swap out, and the client pays and takes window back home and reinstalls it. They think I am great beause I saved them some money and showed them how easy it really is.

If they don't want to do it they are still happy to pay me to do it for them.
That's the way we handle it. I tell the HO that I can take it in for them for an additional $75. (They usually do it themselves)

The replacement glass with lowE will cost around $100 depending on size.

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Alside windows have a glass breakage warranty for $8. Just call in the numbers and they send an entire new sash, the rep said to use it for seal failures too, just tell them the glass got broken. Great deal IMO.
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Glass with low E 27 1/4x13 1/2 cost me $65.

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