Atlanta Glass Replacement and Insulated Glass Replacement from Window Genie!
Does it ever feel like you clean your windows over and over again, yet they still look dirty and continue to appear foggy? Cleaning them is not the issue! At Window Genie, one of our specialties is Insulated Glass Replacement. We will gladly be at your service to repair all of your “foggy window” problems.
According to window professionals throughout the industry, including the experts at Window Genie, a “foggy window” is the result of a defect in the insulated window glass itself. When the condensation of water vapor gets released and trapped between the thermal panes, a foggy appearance happens. Often consumers have a misconception that they must replace the entire window and frames, however, there is another option. A “foggy window” can be fixed for less cost by simply replacing the insulated glass. Servicing Alpharetta, Buford, Canton, Cumming, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Cobb, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyna, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, and Woodstock.
Atlanta Glass Replacement Compared to Full Window Replacement
Window glass replacement is easier and much less costly than full window replacement. With glass replacement, Window Genie will repair your windows while leaving your window frames in place. We replace only the insulated window glass. This method keeps all your existing windows intact. When we replace just the insulated window glass we are extending the life of the window by many years to come.
We offer glass replacement for:
- Broken and Cracked Windows
- Insulated Thermal Pane Windows
- Tempered Glass Such as Glass Doors and Bathroom Windows
- Aluminum Framed Windows
- Vinyl Framed Windows
The Pros and Cons of Atlanta Glass
- Cheaper than complete window replacement
- Same day results
- Window Genie can do this to any type of window
- You can upgrade to low-E, Argon, grids, and even tempered glass
- Your window frames will not be replaced
When Window Genie replaces your glass, you also have the opportunity to upgrade your windows. Some of the available Options are:
- Adding Low E Glass for heat and UV control
- Colored spacers to match your frames
- Adding or removing internal grids
- Adding or removing tinted glass
- Update or add designer privacy glass
- Low-E Energy Efficient Glass
Glass Replacement is a great way to upgrade the energy efficiency of your windows without replacing the frames. Quality Low-E glass can reduce the sun’s heat entering your windows by 68% and can significantly reduce heat loss from your house. Low-E also helps reduce fading caused by UV from sunlight.
I want new glass, now what? Glass Replacement is a simple process. First we carefully measure the glass in the failed window and determine any special features it might have such as low E coating. When we know everything about your current window glass installation we give you a quote on the cost of replacing the glass with new units that are identical to your current failed windows. Because of the high rate of failure of Intercept Spacers, we offer only standard box spacers in our glass replacement units. If you know the dimensions of your windows we offer an for your window glass repairs. If you accept our bid we ask that you put down a deposit on the cost of the glass we will be ordering. We order the glass and set up an appointment for a few days later when we return and do the window repair. On the appointed day we arrive with the new window glass. We remove your old foggy window glass without disturbing your window frames and replace it with the new window glass unit. Then we caulk the window to assure no moisture can get in helping to extend the life of your new window. When we’re done with the project, we’ll haul away all the old glass.
Why Do Thermal Pane Windows Fail?
Every double pane window eventually fails.
There is no such thing as a fail-proof thermal pane window. Wood framed windows tend to last 20 to 24 years (if well maintained). Newer, high-end wood/aluminum clad windows last about this long too. Traditional aluminum frame windows typically last 17 to 20 years. Vinyl framed windows may make it 15 years if they have standard box spacers. However most newer vinyl framed windows have a low-quality Intercept Spacer and these windows begin failing in 5 to 8 years. Sunshine is the biggest cause of window failure, which is why your south and west facing windows usually fail first. Sunshine causes both a process known as “solar pumping” and the hardening of the sealant that forms the seals of the window. When sunshine hits a double pane window the air inside heats up significantly, (think of a car on a hot day!) causing the sealed window unit to expand and pushing air out through the semi-permeable seals. In the evening, the window cools and contracts, drawing air—and humidity—with it. Day after day, year after year, this cyclical expansion and contraction occurs, stressing the window seals and filling the air space with moisture.
Manufacturers expect and plan for solar pumping. Built into every thermal pane window frame is silica desiccant to absorb the small amounts of moisture inevitably drawn into the window. The desiccant, however, has a limited capacity and lifespan. In a standard box spacer the desiccant looks like the photo below. In an Intercept Spacer, the desiccant is mixed into the sealant that forms the seal of the window.
At some point the desiccant will have absorbed all the moisture it can hold and that is the day a hazy, misty bluish fog clouds your glass window pane. From this point on the window begins deteriorating rapidly. If left untreated, the trapped moisture quickly corrodes the inner window glass surfaces, eventually leaving mineral deposits and a permanent white silica haze.
The biggest cause of premature failure in wood framed windows is lack of proper maintenance.
Every two years the exterior seam where the glass and the wood meet, needs to be caulked and the all the frames freshly painted. Otherwise, when rain hits the glass and runs down between the wood and the glass, it pools at the bottom of the IGU (Integrated Glass Unit) and rots both the seal of the IGU and the wood frame of the window from the inside out.