Replacing Window Glass vs Replacing Entire Window

Your windows provide a barrier between you and the elements of the outdoors – pollen, dust, dirt, heat, and more. They’re essential to your home, but they don’t last forever. Double-pane windows should typically be replaced every 15-20 years, but when you’re looking to improve efficiency, fully replacing your windows isn’t your only option. The other option is to replace the glass within the window frame, but which option is best for your home? What are the pros and cons of each solution?

Benefits of Repairing Window Glass

Whether a lawnmower has propelled a stray rock through your window, or broken seals are causing condensation between window panes, replacing the glass of your windows is often a more viable option than replacing your entire windows. Convenience isn’t the only benefit to replacing the glass in your window – you can also:

While it can be tempting to save money by replacing the glass of your windows — especially DIY — there are things you should consider before proceeding. If your window frame is damaged, old, or worn out, then replacing the glass won’t do much good for lowering your utility bill. Efficient windowpanes won’t make up for an inefficient frame. If you’re only replacing the glass, water protection and other insulation can’t be added – which can lead to mold, water damage, or inefficient windows.

Benefits of Replacing Window Glass

Depending on the severity of your windowpane damage, it may make more sense to replace your entire window. When you replace your entire window, you can:

  • Take a more detailed approach to window replacement
  • Increase or decrease the size of your window
  • Add or change insulation
  • Add water protection
  • Energy efficiency is heightened

While there are many pros to replacing an entire window, there are still cons to consider. The cost of replacing an entire window is higher and takes longer than simply replacing the glass. If you’re only replacing one window, you may have trouble finding the same frame as your other windows – which results in lower curb appeal. It’s possible to replace entire windows on your own, but you should really hire an expert to ensure optimal energy efficiency and quality.

Which Option Is Best For You?

It can be difficult to determine which option is better for your home. Before making your decision, stop and think about why you need to repair or replace your window. Do you have a slight window draft or does your frame have a broken windowpane? Use the lists below to determine which side your needs align with the most.

Repair Window Glass

  • The frame is still intact and in good condition.
  • You have a smaller/tight budget.
  • You want to increase energy efficiency.
  • Your frame is square and level.
  • A single pane is damaged.
  • You windows are properly insulated.

Replace Window Glass

  • The frame or interior/exterior of your window is damaged/worn out.
  • You have a moderate/large budget.
  • You want to increase energy efficiency.
  • Your frame is unique, you want to make your existing windows more unique, or you want to change the size of your windows.
  • A single pane or multiple panes are damaged or outdated.
  • Your windows need more insulation or water protection.

If you’re still not sure which option is best for you and your home, contact a windows expert to fully weigh your choices.

Improve Your Windows With Help from Allied Siding & Windows

If you’re a Texas resident and you’re experiencing window woes, don’t hesitate to contact Allied Siding & Windows. We are a proud James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor, so you can rest assured that you’re working with one of the best window installers in the industry.

Contact us for more information about our services or stop by one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!