How to Fix a Broken Double Pane Window

A double pane window, which is often called a double-glazed window, is installed in apartments and homes for three specific reasons: they insulate the home, reduce sounds, and provide a better level of security. Sometimes, however, both panes of glass in a double pane window can end up breaking. How do you fix this problem, especially if the double glazing method included a gas filler as an insulator? Here's how you do it.

Step #1: Remove All Broken Glass From the Frame

You must prepare the window frame to accept the new panes of glass first. In order to do this, you must make sure that all broken shards of glass have been removed from the frame. You will also want to clean up any glass dust or small shards that have been trapped within the gap that exists inside the frame.

Step #2: Locate a Glass Supplier With the Glass You Need

The most common error that happens when fixing a double pane window is that the wrong type of glass is used. Double-glazed windows are typically built with toughened or laminated glass. Sometimes even safety glass is used! If you use regular glass instead, you won't receive the same security improvements or sound dampening qualities that double pane windows are able to provide. Find a local glass supplier that offers these specific options.

Step #3: Install the Exterior Glass Pane First

The rest of the repair of a double pane window is similar to any other window replacement chore. You'll need to affix the window into the existing frame in the channel where the previous window existed. You'll also need to caulk the window in place and weatherproofing measures, including tape, may also need to be used depending on the window's location and the type of break you're attempting to repair.

Step #4: Install the Interior Glass Pane

The next step in this repair process is to install the interior pane of the double window. As you are doing this, you will be trapping air inside of the window and this act as a natural insulator and sound reducer, even if the remainder of the window uses a gas to accomplish this. You do the interior portion last in the repair to reduce the risks of dust and debris from getting trapped inside of the window and potentially create future problems. Follow the same installation steps as the exterior glass pane.

Step #5: Finalize the Installation

Once you have both panes of glass installed, you'll want to make sure your window is fully secure. Look for any damage to the frame that may need to be repaired, gaps in the caulking that may appear from air bubbles, and other places where the glass may not be 100% secure. This generally takes 24-48 hours to complete. Once done, however, you will have successfully repaired a double pane window.
Posted on Aug 23, 2014


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