Should I Repair or Replace My Glass? Some Helpful Tips On Saving Money On Those Costly Energy Bills!

Posted On Wednesday, 09 September 2020 21:39

We all love to save money where we can right? Especially on large bills. You may be wondering how glass can reduce your energy costs? Well, did you know that the quality of the glass in your home has a big impact on the effectiveness of your cooling and heating? Throughout this article we will explain some common glass issues and what to look for to determine if you need to repair or replace any of your glass.

How Do I Know If My Glass Needs to Be Replaced or Repaired?

Your glass may have obvious issues such as cracks or chips that will need to be seen to, but here are some additional things to look for when examining the overall condition of the glass in your home: 

A Draft

If you put your hand up to the window on a windy or cool day and can feel cold air coming through that is a good indication that either the quality of your glass is compromised or the frame around it is. You should be able to tell whether it’s the glass or frame letting the draft in by checking to see if either is damaged or cracked. Windows that let in drafts are guaranteed to run up your cooling or heating costs as the system will have to work harder and for longer to heat or cool the room. If you want to save money on your electricity bill, you should see to this quickly. 

Foggy Glass or Water Leaking In

If you notice your glass is foggy or there is water leaking in some areas, your window seals or glass may need replacing. However, more times than not, its not the actual glass that’s letting the water in, it is usually the result of clogged drainpipes and gutters which force water towards the window. Clearing the gutters and drainpipes of debris and rerouting them can fix this issue.

Cracked or Broken Panes

The kids have kicked a ball at the window and now it's cracked or maybe even shattered. Cracked or shattered glass is dangerous, and it should be seen to ASAP. Once the glass has a crack, even minor, its strength is compromised significantly. In this instance it most definitely should be replaced. Not only to ensure that no one gets injured from it but also to keep your home safe from intruders. If the location of this glass is in a high traffic area and you have children frequently playing there, it’s a good idea to replace the glass with safety glass. It is thicker and much harder to break that standard glass. It makes your home safer as well.

Unusable Sashes 

This is a common problem that occurs with windows in older homes. Either the upper or lower sashes don’t move. There are a couple of reasons as to why this may be happening. It may be because there is thick paint sticking the sash to the frame or they may have come off their tracks. These kinds of issues can be fixed without having to replace the whole window.

How to Know Whether to Repair or Replace Your Glass

If you have issues with your glass and you are unsure if you should get it repaired or replaced it’s a good idea to get in contact with your local glass company or glazier and explain the situation to them. They will be able to give you helpful advice based on your situation and advise you of your options.

Whether you choose to repair or replace your glass is entirely up to you, but it is important to remember that glass plays an integral role in keeping your home safe, insulated, and protected from the elements. If the glass is broken or damaged, it is not doing its job properly it will result in higher energy consumption. It’s a good idea to assess the windows in your home often to ensure they don’t need repairing or replacing.

Why Should I Repair or Replace?

Inferior quality glass has no insulation benefit and with up to 40% of a household's energy being expended on heating and cooling, you can benefit greatly from updating your glass. It is safer, more durable and can save you a significant amount of money.

If you have any questions about the glass in your home or if you would like to book one of qualified glaziers to come out and repair or replace any existing glass, get in touch with our friendly team at True Blue Glass today.

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