Can You Replace the Glass in a Double-Pane Window?

Ashley Christensen
February 3, 2023

No one wants to experience a broken window, but chances are at some point or another you’ll experience it for yourself. Natural disasters, and wanna-be professional athletes practicing in the backyard, can have a negative effect on your windows. When this happens, your initial response may be “Oh, crap, now I have to buy a whole new window!”. Never fear, whether you have a single-pane or double-pane window, you don’t have to replace the whole window. Window glass replacement is possible and often the preferred fix when you have a broken window. 

When the glass breaks in a double-pane window, you can not simply repair or replace the single pane that broke, you have to replace both. This is because the two panes of glass are sealed together, (this is what makes your window energy-efficient), which is why when one pane breaks, you have to replace both panes, with a new sealed, insulated unit. 

A broken piece of glass is not the only indication that you need to replace the glass in your double-pane window, if you’re experiencing foggy windows, or moisture between the panes of glass, these are all indications that your window glass needs replaced. 

How Do Double Pane Windows Work? 

Double-pane windows are exactly what they sound like they are, they are two panes of glass that are sealed together with a space between them. The space between the two pieces of glass is often filled with argon or krypton gas, as a means to increase the energy efficiency of the window. When the seal breaks, or one of the panes of glass breaks, the windows will begin to fog up, allowing for air to escape, and ultimately leading to the glass needing to be replaced. This then generally leads to the commonly asked question: “Can I replace just one pane of glass?” 

The short answer is no, you can’t replace just one pane of glass. Because the two panes of glass are sealed together, creating an insulated unit, it is not possible to replace a single pane of glass. When one pane of glass breaks or you try to replace just one pane, it breaks the airtight seal, allowing for any insulating gas that was added to the unit to escape. 

When one pane breaks or your unit begins to fail and is fogging up, you’ll need to replace both panes of glass with a new insulated unit. Thankfully the process of replacing the old unit with a new one isn’t as daunting or challenging as it may first appear. In fact, when it comes to window glass replacements in Logan, Utah the professionals at Gordon’s Glass have years of experience in replacing glass in windows, that it can be done quickly and effortlessly. 

Double Pane Window Replacement Process

Once you have identified that your window glass needs to be replaced, your first step in the replacement process is to call a professional window repair company, such as Gordon’s Glass. When you call Gordon’s Glass, the first step they’ll take is to schedule an appointment to come out, look at your window and get you a free estimate for the necessary repairs. 

Once you’ve been provided with an estimate for the necessary repairs, and you’ve approved the estimate and placed a deposit, a new unit will then be ordered. Once the new unit has been received in the shop, another appointment will be scheduled to come out and replace the broken unit with the new one. This process includes removing the old, broken unit, installing the new unit, and hauling the old one away. 

The whole process is relatively easy and can be accomplished within a few weeks from the initial appointment to installation. If you are in need of window glass replacement in Logan, Utah be sure you call the industry experts at Gordon’s Glass and get your new insulated unit on its way today!  

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