One of the most common calls we get in the office is from folks looking to repair foggy windows. I think we’ve all seen what this looks like, but just in case, here’s a picture of the window dog himself trying to look for intruders through a foggy double pane window. It’s not easy to see the bad guys coming!
This happens when the seal fails allowing outside air into the glass unit. That air brings moisture with it and instantly you’ll see condensation or a film on the glass. This is ugly and it’ll never go away by itself.
Luckily for you we’ve made a quick video demonstrating how we fixed this problem. Enjoy!
It is important to note that even after your window is repaired it’s still an old window. You may find that replacing the window doesn’t cost much more than the repair and in that scenario you’d get a whole new window.
In this case, this is a wood 3-lite casement window with a clad exterior. The cost to replace this window would likely be over $2,000 so a repair makes sense and the results were fantastic.
Now we’re still having some trouble with this window. The old cranks are a little shaky and it just doesn’t operate as well as a shiny new window would. It’ll probably get replaced sooner or later, but this repair will give it several more years of life and the whole room looks much better.
If you’re thinking about repairing your existing windows it certainly is possible although not always as easy as it looks. Replacing a sealed insulated glass unit in a vinyl replacement window can be tricky because the vinyl trim pieces can be brittle and if they break you may have a very hard time finding a replacement. We’ll have another video coming out soon on repairing or replacing glass in a vinyl replacement window.
Why am I having a hard time finding a company to do this?
Because it’s a bit of a hassle for the amount of money folks will pay. A professional may have a tool to measure the glass without removing it, but still you’re talking about 2 trips to the house, a few hours of work and taking the risk that something breaks or some unexpected problem arises. Factor in the driving time, the ordering, picking up the glass and this quickly turns to a project that requires many hours of work.
If you’re looking to pay $50 for someone to do this you’re going to have a real hard time. It’ll probably cost several hundred dollars to hire a professional, but if you’re comfortable tackling it yourself you could get it done for much less.