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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Can Only One Pane Of An Insulated Window Be Replaced?

by Mike Brewer

An insulated window is one that is made up of two pieces of glass separated by a thin layer of some kind of inert gas. That gas is usually something like argon. The gas helps keep the outside temperature from affecting the inside temperature. The windows are very energy-efficient, which is why you may have some in your house. But what happens if only one pane of glass in an insulated window gets cracked or broken?

Can Only One Pane of Glass Be Replaced?

Insulated windows can be expensive to replace, especially if they are a custom size or shape. If only one pane breaks or cracks, you may wonder if you really do have to replace both windows. The answer is yes, you do. The reason for this is that as soon as there is a small crack in one pane, the inert, insulating gas will leak out of the window and moisture can get in. There isn't very much gas in the window and the fact that it's inert means that it isn't harmful to you if the gas leaks out. But, the fact that the gas is gone means that your window will no longer be insulated and much less energy-efficient. 

Does the Whole Window Need to be Replaced?

It depends on what you consider the whole window. What will need to be replaced is the particular unit of the window that has the broken glass. That's because the two panes of glass are sealed into the sash of the window. You can't just remove the pane and take that to the glass shop. You will need to take the whole window unit in so that they an replace the whole thing all at once. Taking the window out so that it can be taken to the glass shop is usually a fairly easy job. Most double hung windows will have a cleaning position. That means that you can tilt the window in so they can be cleaned. In order to take the window out, you need to open it in the cleaning position. Then you need to give the window a little twist. The twist disconnects it from the counterweight that helps the window go up and down and stay open. When you put the window back in, all you need to do is put it in bottom first, and give it another little twist. That will set the window back in place. 

If you have insulated windows, you will need to replace the entire window unit if something happens to one of the panes. 

To learn more, contact a glass company like Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc