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Can You Replace Window Glass Without Replacing Frame

When it comes to replacing your windows, most homeowners assume that you have to replace the entire system. After all, once the glass is damaged or too old, it’s likely that the window frame also has issues, right? Believe it or not, the condition of your glass doesn’t always reflect the condition of your window frames. So, can you replace window glass without having to replace the full window frame? It’s possible, but it depends. Let’s take a look at the factors that determine if a glass replacement is all you need.

The Type of Damage
Ultimately, the type of damage you’re dealing with will largely determine how much of your window system needs to be replaced. For example, if the damage is minor, like a crack in the glass itself, a glass-only replacement will likely work. However, if you’re experiencing drafts around the glass or around the window frame, replacing the glass won’t fix the issue. Instead, you’ll need to replace your entire window system. 

The Condition of the Frames
Before your window replacement technician can figure out if replacing the glass is an option, they’ll carefully inspect your window frames. If they’re in good condition or are relatively new and haven’t shifted in their locations, replacing the damaged glass will likely be fine. However, if the frames are old or damaged, you’ll want to replace the entire window unit. 

The Type of Replacement You’re Choosing
Different window frames can accommodate different types of window glass. If you have single-pane windows that you’re wanting to replace with more efficient dual or triple-pane windows, the window frames you currently have in place may not be able to accommodate the thickness of the glass. If this is the case, you’ll need to replace the entire window system. However, if you’re trying to replace a damaged windowpane with the same type of glass, you may be able to do so without replacing the entire frame.

The Age of Your Window System
As window systems age, they naturally shift in place, increasing the likelihood of drafts, leaks, and other problems. If your window systems are more than 10 years old, replacing the glass alone may not be in your best interest. However, if your window systems are just a year or two old and are still in pristine condition, replacing the damaged glass and leaving the frames in place will likely be possible.

Replacing Broken Panes Is a Must
Damaged window glass doesn’t just make your home look run down. It also puts your home at risk for worse damage and compromises the safety and security of your entire house. Rather than leaving the damaged pane in place, you’ll want to replace it as soon as possible. At Reflection Windows and Doors, our experienced team will help you decide if replacing the glass alone is a good choice and can recommend the best upgrades for your home and budget. Contact us today to schedule an estimate and let our pros handle your glass or full window system replacement.