Why Windows Break Down and How to Replace Window Glass
The main reason for needing to know how to replace window glass is because the double glazed pane in the window, either wooden or upvc has misted up or got broken. The reason a double-glazed sealed unit can mist up (or ‘break down’ as it is referred to in the trade) is due to premature failure of the perimeter seal, which is obviously dependent on how the sealed unit was originally made. Also, another reason for a double glazed unit misting up is dependant on how the framework it is fitted into was made or how the double-glazed sealed unit was fitted into the framework.
Additionally, severe weather conditions such as wind and rain as well as some cleaning chemicals can have an effect on the Double Glazed unit over time.
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What actually happens is the perimeter edge of the unit loses its integrity and lets in moisture somewhere. Initially it may only be visible when the sun shines directly on it and heats the moisture within drawing it upwards and thus appearing as condensation. It will however, worsen over time until the unit is described as being totally broken down.
The only simple and cost effective answer is to replace the double-glazed sealed units with new ones, maybe even finding out how to replace window glass yourself. We are not talking about replacing the window frames themselves, just how to replace window glass (the Double Glazing). There will be no alteration to the existing framework. It is useless trying to separate the 2 glass panes to then remove the condensation, as the sealed unit is factory made with the panes bonded together to last a lifetime.
Window Manufacturers however do offer guarantees for windows and glazing but the reality is that manufacturing companies come and go throughout their guarantee period and can therefore be sometimes hard to trace.
To be honest with you most larger window companies will not be interested in venturing out just to replace window glass as the job is to small for them, all they are usually interested in is replacing the whole window for you including the frames and everything resulting in more expence for you.
It is however, always recommended that you use a qualified Window fitter to replace your Double Glazed (DG) panes. Even though a straightforward task, if you do your own, you undertake the task at your own risk.
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