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5 Signs That You Need To Re-Glaze Your Windows

Glazing refers to the actual glass of your windows. Damages to the glass don't always require a full window replacement. Sometimes you can simply have the windows re-glazed by a glazing contractor.

1. Water Leaks

The most obvious sign of a problem is if water leaks around the edges of the glass. This is usually first noticed in stormy weather when rain beats against the window, or if a sprinkler sprays the glass. Not only are water leaks in the home damaging and a source of mold, but they will also further wear down the seal around the glass. This can lead to further glass or frame damage.

2. Rattling Panes

Your windows shouldn't rattle when the wind blows or someone slams a door. Ideally, glass should be snugly fitted into the sash, and the sash should be snug within a well-insulated frame. If the panes of glass rattle, then the glazing may be weak or failing. Weak glazing increases the chances of breakage. It also can lead to air gaps, which can lead to higher energy costs in the home. 

3. Sash Damage

The glass, or glazing, is fitted into the sash. This is the immediate frame around the glazing, which is then placed inside the main window frame, which is attached to the walls of the home. Sashes are sometimes made of wood. If there are leaks in the glazing, then the paint on the wood may begin to peel off, or the sash may swell, mold, or show signs of rot. Reglazing, sometimes with a sash replacement, is needed. 

4. Visible Cracks

Any actual damage to the glass, such as a crack or hole, means that the window must be reglazed with a fresh piece of glass. Cracks may not seem like a big deal, particularly if air leaks aren't a concern, but they cause the glass to become loose in the sash. This increases the chances of shattering or the pane completely falling out of the sash. Further, a crack can allow in moisture, which in turn leads to moisture and rot issues. 

5. Condensation

Double-glazed windows have two layers of glass with a pocket of insulating gas trapped between them. If the glazing seals fail, then moisture can seep into these pockets and cause condensation. You can have the window re-glazed if you aren't concerned about the minor insulation loss from the escaped gas. Your tech will drill a tiny hole in one pane so moisture can evaporate, and then they will reseal the glass in place. 

Contact a glazing contractor if you notice any of these damages on your windows.