You splurged for the energy-efficient, triple pane windows — and now one’s broken. Temperature fluctuations, natural disasters, human error…there are many reasons a window could break. When you’re staring at a broken window, you may wonder, can I just replace the glass in my window, or do I need to replace the whole window? Get our thoughts below. 

Replacement Window Glass Options

Depending on the problem, you have several options for replacement window glass. If the pane of glass cracks, a window company can remove the broken pane and replace it with an insulated glass unit or IGU. There are several options for replacement glass, but your window will perform best if you replace the broken pane with the same type of glass. 

With IGU replacement, the broken pane is removed, the frame cleaned up, the IGU popped in and then sealed in place. With caulking or weather-stripping to block drafts, your window will be as good as new at a fraction of the price of a replacement window. 

You can remove and replace broken glass yourself if you are on a tight budget; however, it is tricky. If you need special glass (such as glass with Low-E coating), you’ll need to special-order it from a manufacturer. 

If something goes wrong while your windows are under warranty, contact the manufacturer before you replace broken window glass. By replacing the glass in the window with an IGU, you could unintentionally void the warranty. 

When to Replace the Window

Sometimes, your best bet is to remove and replace the entire window. While this costs more, there are times when a window is not worth saving. Here are a few considerations. 

If the seal on your window has failed, you are best off replacing the window. Defogging services exist, but they are a quick fix for a problem that will recur until the windows are replaced. The telltale sign of a broken seal is condensation between the panes of glass, which makes the glass appear foggy. 

If the muntins or munions, the dividers in a window, are also broken, you’re best off replacing the entire window and not just the glass. 

With wood windows, replacement should happen if the wood frame begins to rot. While some rot can be remediated with a patch, severe decay compromises the integrity of the window. Window replacement companies can recommend wood windows that match a home’s historical character, which is your best bet to preserve the value of an older house. 

If your existing windows are nearing the end of their lifespan, 15 years or older, replacing them when the glass breaks may save you money in the long run. If you’ve got low-quality windows that are drafty and energy inefficient, this your chance to upgrade to a higher quality model you like. 

Window replacement technology is continually advancing. Features such as improved security latching, sealants, vinyl window construction, and solar protection result in more durable, easy to use windows and efficiency gains for your home energy bills. 

Protecting Replacement Windows 

Once you’ve replaced your homes windows, you want to protect your investment. We have a few suggestions to help keep your replacement windows looking like new. 

Use FlexScreens, the most durable window screen on the market. Here at Window Nation, we are excited to offer FlexScreens to accompany most of our double-hung window models. FlexScreen technology is built to withstand force with a unique flexible design that will make these that last window screen you will ever need. A snap to mount or unmount and they won’t dent or scratch like  

Keep Them Clean. Vinyl windows are low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a good reliable cleaning. A good habit is to clean interior and exterior windows in the fall and again in the spring. The good news, keeping your new windows looking like new is as simple as a spritz and a rinse Learn more 

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

If you're not sure whether you need replacement window glass or replacement windows, our experts here at Window Nation can help! We will steer you toward the right solution for your problem and may be able to arrange financing for replacement windows. Take a look at our wide array of replacement windows and glass options for windows. Contact us today to get started with finding the perfect solution for your home’s windows.

When you start thinking about replacing your windows, make sure you think through all of the glass options. Your new windows will be 87% glass. So it stands to reason that choosing the right glass is just as important as choosing the right frame. At Window Nation, we make things simple. We’ve already done the hard part of choosing the best glass options. All you have to do is pick the ideal glass options for your specific needs.

PANES OF GLASS

The first option you’ll want to consider is whether or not to go with double pane or triple pane. Double pane windows come with one area of dense gas. Triple pane comes with two. The more dense gas you have separating the interior of your home from the temperature outside, the better. But each of these window types has their advantages.

If cost is important to you, double pane glass will be the better choice. It stands to reason that two panes won’t cost as much as three panes. If you live in a state that has a basic climate, this could be the perfect choice.

If keeping the cold winters out of your home is most important to you, triple pane is the way to go. While you’ll pay more for those windows, you’ll make that money back in savings on your energy bills.

LAMINATION

If safety is a concern for you, lamination is an important option to consider. Laminated glass will prevent the glass of the windows from turning into several sharp pieces when broken. Homes with children in them should seriously consider this glass options.

TYPES OF COATINGS

When glass companies talk about glass coatings, you’re likely to hear the term Low-E. But what exactly is Low-E? It stands for Low Emissivity. If you’re still scratching your head, we understand. This is science stuff. Emissivity is basically the ability of an object to radiate heat. In the case of windows, that radiation of heat happens on the opposite side from where the heat is coming from. If the heat source is the sun, low emissivity is going to be a low radiation of heat into your home. Okay. The science lesson is over. But hopefully, you get the point. Low-E is good. And a window that provides better resistance to radiated heat is better than one that lets the heat come right in.

Modern windows come with a metallic coating that reflects heat back to its source. The more precious the metal is the more heat will be reflected off the glass. The best metallic coating would be platinum. But a platinum coating is very expensive. Most of our competitors use tin. But we feel that this is not the most cost effective choice. Just like platinum, it is too far to the extreme. Instead, we use silver. This metallic material does a fantastic job of reducing emissivity for a price that won’t put you in the poor house.
Metallic coatings have another benefit besides keeping the heat from the sun out, they help to reflect harmful ultraviolet light as well. Our coatings can block as much as 99.97% of this harmful ultraviolet light. Why do we say harmful? UV light makes your furniture fade. Have you heard the term sun-faded? Part of the damage the sun does is through the effect of UV light. The other part is the drying effect of heat. Low-E coating on your windows will help to keep both of these out of your climate-controlled home.

GAS

Between each pane of glass we use argon and krypton gasses. These gasses are denser than air and reduce convection. That means the temperature of the outside air is less able to get into your house. While krypton gas is slightly better, you can’t go wrong with either of these options.

SPACERS

You’ll also find spacers between each pane of glass. These hold those panes in place. But the fact that these spacers can allow heat to transfer through is often overlooked. Most companies use aluminum or steel spacers, which are conductive materials. We prefer to use spacers that are made from a non-conductive material that achieves a higher level of energy efficiency, retains gas longer, won’t sweat, is flexible, and won’t rust.

If you’re ready for a window replacement, and you want some help walking through these options, we’re happy to help. At Window Nation, we know windows. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.

At Window Nation, we take great pride in the fact that we produce windows that have durable frames that help the windows we install pass the test of time; but since a window is 87% glass, strong, durable frames are only the beginning.

There is a science to getting the right windows for a home, and this is a science we have worked tirelessly to perfect. Since we were recently rated number 6 in the country for window replacements–an impressive achievement for a 10-year-old company–we like to think that maybe we’re doing something right. Here are some of the ways we balance cost with quality and give our customers the most bang for their buck.

  • Not every home needs the same glass options. We work with our customers to find the right fit for their specific needs.

  • Homes that are in basic climates will benefit from having double pane windows. Triple pane windows are best for extreme climates. But triple pane windows cost a little more. Our team will work to determine the right combination of triple and double pane windows that will give you the most efficiency for your budget.

  • If security is an issue for you, we may suggest laminated glass. Laminated glass costs a little more, but it offers greater security and peace of mind. This glass option deters intrusion and reduces exterior noise while offering excellent energy efficiency at the same time.

  • The number of glass panes and whether or not the glass is laminated aren’t the only options that affect energy efficiency. Glass coating is also important. Have you heard of low-E coatings? Low-E stands for: low emissivity. When a window has a metallic coating, it reflects heat. The more precious the metal, the more effective it is at resisting heat. Many of our competitors use tin, but at Window Nation we use silver to strike the perfect balance between cost and effectiveness.

  • It also matters what gas you have between your window panes. At Window Nation, we offer Argon and Krypton gas options. These gases are denser than air and help to reduce convection. That means heat will have a harder time passing through.

  • The material your spacers are made out of will also play a part in the energy efficiency of your new windows. Most companies use aluminum or steel spacers, but these materials are conductive. At Window Nation, we use a non-conductive material to achieve better energy efficiency. Not only will this material do a better job of stopping the transfer of heat, but it also helps to retain the gases longer, and it doesn’t sweat like metal, so it will not rust.

So, it matters what glass you have in your windows. Trust Window Nation to steer you toward the best options for your home at a price that will better fit your budget.

It sure is beautiful here in Ohio this time of year. The trees have all budded and those tender pale green leaves have begun to darken into the dark greens of summer. The flowers are all blooming, the birds and bees have returned, and you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief as citizens are finally able to breathe a bit of fresh air. It is awesome to be able to spend more and more time in the great outdoors as the temperatures begin to rise, but it does have its drawbacks. Yes, you heard me right – drawbacks. I know what you are thinking. What could possibly be a drawback to spring? Right?

Well, one of the major drawbacks that we experience in spring is that we quickly forget all of the cold, ice, and hardship of the previous winter. I know what you are thinking again. “Are you crazy? That’s not a drawback.” I get it, put the past behind… but the old saying, “if you do not learn from history it is bound to be repeated” certainly applies here. It is easy to forget all of those cold drafts that blew through your old weather worn windows last winter when the sun is shining and the temperatures are quite comfortable – and rising, but it certainly isn’t wise. The wise thing to do would be to remember those high heating costs and frosty mornings and plan ways to avoid those hardships next winter. After all that old saying, “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail” applies here.

Besides spring is the perfect time not only to think about replacing those worn out windows but to actually do it. After all, the weather is warm and beautiful, and having a window-sized opening in the side of your home for a short time would be far better now than in the dead of winter, wouldn’t it? Also, the hit your budget took in heating costs last winter has passed, and you can actually find an extra buck or two without those added extra winter bills. Yup, spring is defiantly the time to plan for and to install replacement windows.

And I know the perfect place for you to go. Window Nation is an industry leader in replacement windows. We have a wide variety of styles, shapes, and efficiency ratings for you to choose from. Our superior technicians are trained and experienced in creating just the right fit with a perfect installation; no matter which windows and options you choose, and they have the ability to guide you through each and every step from the moment you walk through the door. Stress-free, perfect fit, warm weather…. It’s the trifecta of perfection!

Plan to be comfortable and to lower your energy costs next winter by installing those perfect replacement windows from Window Nation this spring. Give us a call or stop by to set up your free no hassle estimate and see just how affordable being energy efficient in Ohio can be.

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When you decide to install new energy efficient windows in your home, the decisions don’t stop there! Along with making the choice to change out the old windows in your home for new Energy Star rated windows, you need to choose the style, the color, the material as well as the glass options for your new windows. All of these options are important, but we’d like to discuss the different glass options you can choose to make your new windows as energy efficient as possible. Here are just a few of the energy efficient glass options you can choose for your home from the window installers at Window Nation.

Extreme Low-E– These windows are our most popular glass option, combining value and energy efficiency with UV protection. These windows feature double pane insulated glass with 2 Low-E silver oxide coatings to increase comfort inside your home year round. These windows block 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Click here for more information on this energy efficient glass option. 

Ultra Triple Pane– These windows feature insulating glass with 2 Low-E silver oxide coatings on 2 panes of glass plus a third pane of Low-E glass to maximize comfort throughout the year. These windows block 90% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Click here for more information on this energy efficient glass option.

Ultimate Triple Pane– This triple pane glass system provides excellent thermal performance and holds extremely high ratings for energy efficiency in all areas of the country. It features insulating glass with 2 Low-E silver oxide coatings on 2 panes of glass plus a third pane of Low-E glass to maximize comfort year round. It blocks up to 97% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Click here for more information on this energy efficient glass option. 

As you can see, replacing windows in your home with more energy efficient window options including energy efficient glass can save you money on your heating and cooling bills and better protect your belongings from the sun’s harmful rays. Along with these glass options, we offer glass coatings to further improve the insulation and energy efficiency of our windows.

For more information on the energy efficient windows and glass options available, contact Window Nation today. One of our sales representatives will be happy to discuss your options and make your new replacement window dream a reality! Our service area includes Maryland, D.C., Northern Virginia and Ohio.