Insulated Glass Replacement

February 24, 2020 9:50 pm Published by

All windows have a finite lifespan, including insulated glass. If you have double or triple pane windows, you likely have insulated glass, which is designed to regulate the temperature of your home or business by keeping the outside air from creeping in. Eventually, you’re going to need to replace your insulated glass in Minneapolis, MN—and when you do, we strongly suggest you call Custom Glass & Screen. We can help you replace your windows without risking extra damage or materials from a DIY project.

What is insulated glass?

Insulated glass windows (which may also be called double or triple pane windows) are two or three panes of glass installed together. They are placed around a spacer frame, which contains a desiccant (to fight mold and mildew, for example), and hermetically sealed. This helps the windows prevent heat transfer—for example, the hot summer air won’t affect your indoor cooling efforts, or the cold winter air won’t be able to make its way into your warm home. This, in turn, helps by saving you money on your heating and cooling costs.

Signs of insulated glass failure in Minneapolis, MN

Insulated glass lasts about 20 years on average, so if your windows are getting up there in age, keep an eye out for condensation in the air space between panes, as well as for rust along the frames. This indicates that there’s a leak and the windows are no longer hermetically sealed. You may also notice discoloration in the glass.

When your insulated glass fails, there’s no choice but to replace it—it can’t be repaired. However, the measurements and installation are crucial for glass performance, so it’s best to take your windows to the professionals.

Types of insulated glass windows

Here are a few of the most popular types of glass windows:

  • Low-e: Low emissivity (or low-e) glass is specially coated to prevent the sun from making radiant heat transfer through clear glass. The coating is thin and transparent, and will block harmful UV rays from entering through the windows.
  • Argon-filled windows: Many insulated windows use inert gases to help increase insulation between indoor and outdoor temperatures. The gas is clear, odorless and harmless, and its low conductivity properties make it ideal for insulating your home.
  • Laminated glass: Laminated glass is usually a set of two or more glass sheets which are held together by a clear vinyl layer. The vinyl provides insulation, but also strengthens the glass and keeps it from shattering in the event of impact.

Replacing insulated glass in Minneapolis, MN

Custom Glass & Screen can help you replace your insulated glass safely, affordably and without the risks that come with attempting a DIY project. We can help you pick the right insulated glass windows for your home or business, then install them flawlessly the first time. We have over 40 years of experience helping our customers select and install glass windows, doors and other glass products. Call us today to get a quote on your insulated windows, and leave the installation to the experts.

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