Replacing the Glass in Vinyl Windows

Mar 4, 2024 | News

If you have vinyl windows in your home, you’re in luck: you’re reaping quite a few benefits because of it. Outside noise is quieter, insulation is better, and, most importantly, they’re built to last. But, even the most durable vinyl windows need a glass replacement at some point. Fortunately, keeping up with window maintenance is easier than ever with the help of Vector Windows. Below, we'll explore the ins and outs of replacing the glass in vinyl windows, so that you’ll know when it’s time to pull the trigger and call a professional.

Why Replace Vinyl Window Glass?

The reasons for replacing glass in vinyl windows vary, from improving energy efficiency and home comfort to addressing accidental damage or wear over time. Spotting the need for replacement early will ultimately save you from higher energy bills and potential safety hazards. If you’re not sure if it’s time yet, look for cracks, fogging between panes, and noticeable drafts. These are some of the usual indicators that the window is due for an update.

How to Replace Glass in a Vinyl Window

Replacing the glass in a vinyl window might seem like a tricky task, but with the right tools and a bit of know-how, it's manageable for the hands-on homeowner. Here's what you need to know:

Safety First

When dealing with glass, you can never be too careful. Always wear gloves and eye protection to avoid injury.

Remove the Damaged Glass

Remove the window sash and slide the window out of its track. Then, gently push on the vinyl strip to pop it out of the frame. Scrape away any excess sealant or foam, if there’s residue left behind. Carefully extract the broken glass and double-check that all pieces are safely disposed of.

Be Sure to Measure Accurately

For the best accuracy in ordering replacement glass for your Vector Windows if you can locate the service label with your order number located on the sash, our service team can look up your precise windows measurements. If measuring on your own you will want to measure the visible class and call in to confirm the measurement type with our service team. This one is especially important—precise measurements are essential so that the new glass fits perfectly within the frame.

Finally, Secure the New Glass

Layer on your new double-sided mounting tape along each side. From there, place the new glass into the frame, secure it with the vinyl strips, and gently press around each edge.

How to Know When It’s Time to Call a Professional

No matter how handy you might be, certain scenarios necessitate the expertise of a professional. Complex damage, warranty considerations, or the simple desire for a guarantee of quality and safety are all valid reasons to outsource and find professional help.

Final Thoughts

Vinyl windows are an investment that will keep your home comfortable for years to come. Replacing the glass in a vinyl window doesn't always have to lead to a call for professional help, but knowing when to make that call can make all the difference in the world. With Vector Windows on your side, you can feel confident that you’re in good hands.

As an added bonus, if you happen to live in an area with mild temperatures, awning windows allow you to cycle in fresh air during the greater part of the year, regardless of the weather. With awning windows, rain won’t stand in your way—you can catch the breeze and block out the drizzle at the same time.

Contact Us Today

Is your home in need of a vinyl window glass replacement? Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you have to. Contact Vector Windows today for expert advice, and a hassle-free replacement experience so that your home remains comfortable and secure.

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