If you’ve never needed a window replaced, you’re probably not too familiar with the process. Homeowners replace windows for several reasons. Most often, the insulated units, or double pane glass unit, has cracked or started to fog. Fogging occurs when the seal between the two panes of glass has failed allowing moisture to penetrate the unit. The upside is that neither breakage nor fogging requires you to replace the entire window. With the exception of Marvin Integrity, Pella windows, and a few lower end manufacturers, most windows are made so that only the insulated glass need be replaced, often saving you around 40 percent the cost of full window replacement.
Over The Phone Pricing
When you’ve gotten fed up with looking at the outside world with a muddled view take some rough window measurements and give American Glass & Mirror or your local glass company a call. We’re able to give you a rough quote over the phone so you’ll have a general idea of how much it is going to cost.
Since there are so many different styles of windows out there, prices can vary substantially. Things that affect the price include: size (of course), window location, window shape (i.e. non-rectangular windows), and whether or not it requires safety glass. Additional features such as, low-e coating, muntins (grids), and inert gas, will also increase the price of window glass.
If the price sounds reasonable to you, the next step is to set up an appointment for a measure. The tech will come out and assess whether the job will require additional labor or equipment, take exact measurements, and then give you a firm price. Once you place the order it typically takes 7 to 10 business days to get the window in from a supplier, although the lead time can grow substantial during busy periods.
After the insulated glass comes in, an install appointment is set up. Remember to have lamps, dressers, or any other furniture moved away from the window so there aren’t any impediments for the technician to work around and eliminating the chance of accidental damage. If your drapes or window shades are easily removed, it is a good idea to take those down as well.
Installs generally take 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours per window, depending on window type and location. Once the installation is complete you can once again enjoy the scenery outside your window, not to mention the improved energy efficiency brought by the new, properly sealed unit.