For over 25 years we have been providing glass window replacement services to North San Diego County. During the window replacement process, we often ask our customers if they know which type of glass that needs replacing. This can be confusing as most people are unaware of the different glass window types. Continue reading if you would like to familiarize yourself with the various types of glass window replacement options.
Glass Window Replacement Types
Normally, a low-emissivity (low-E) coating film is also added to the glass panes to add additional insulation from outside temperatures.
What About Replacing The Glass Window Frame?
Another aspect to consider when replacing your glass windows is whether or not you want to replace the frame as well. Typically replacing the window frame is optional, as the glass itself can be replaced using the current window frame.
Glass Window Frame Types
- Metal or Aluminum Window Frames– Although very strong, light, and almost maintenance free, metal or aluminum window frames conduct heat very rapidly, which makes metal a very poor insulating material. To reduce heat flow metal frames should have a thermal break — an insulating plastic strip placed between the inside and outside of the frame and sash.
- Composite Window Frames – Composite window frames consist of composite wood products, such as particleboard and laminated strand lumber. These composites are very stable, they have the same or better structural and thermal properties as conventional wood, and they have better moisture and decay resistance
- Fiberglass Window Frames – Fiberglass window frames are dimensionally stable and have air cavities that can be filled with insulation, giving them superior thermal performance compared to wood or un-insulated vinyl.
- Vinyl Window Frames – Vinyl window frames are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking down the material. Vinyl window frames do not require painting and have good moisture resistance. The hollow cavities of vinyl frames can be filled with insulation, which makes them thermally superior to standard vinyl and wood frames.
- Wood Window Frames – Wood window frames insulate relatively well, but they also expand and contract in response to weather conditions. Wood frames also require regular maintenance, although aluminum or vinyl cladding reduces maintenance requirements.
Glass Window Replacement Quote
If you need help replacing a glass window, please contact us by phone at (760) 433-1617. Additionally, you can receive a free glass window replacement estimate by filling out our short contact form.
We appreciate your commitment to local businesses and we look forward to serving you.