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he Ultimate Guide to Window Glass Replacement: What You Need to Know

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November 16, 2023

Replacing window glass is not just about fixing a broken pane; it's an opportunity to upgrade your home's aesthetics, energy efficiency, and safety. Whether you're dealing with wear and tear, or seeking an aesthetic change, understanding the nuances of window glass replacement is crucial. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore everything from identifying the need for replacement to selecting the right type of glass for your home.

Recognizing the Need for Replacement

The first step in window glass replacement is recognizing when it’s needed. Look for signs like:

  1. Visible Damage: Cracks or chips not only mar your window's appearance but can also compromise its structural integrity.
  2. Drafts: If you feel air coming through closed windows, it might be time for a replacement.
  3. Condensation Between Panes: This indicates a failed seal, often requiring glass replacement.
  4. Difficulty in Operation: Windows that are hard to open or close can signal frame damage, impacting the glass.

Types of Window Glass

Once you've determined the need for replacement, understanding the different types of glass available is essential. Common types include:

  1. Annealed Glass: Standard in many homes, it’s affordable but breaks into large, sharp shards.
  2. Tempered Glass: Heat-treated for increased strength, it shatters into small, rounded pieces, offering better safety.
  3. Laminated Glass: Consists of two glass layers with a plastic interlayer, providing enhanced security and sound insulation.
  4. Low-E Glass: Coated with a microscopic, thin metallic layer, it reflects heat, helping maintain indoor temperatures and reduce energy bills.

Measuring for Replacement

Accurate measurement is key to a successful replacement. Measure the height and width of the existing glass in multiple places to account for any irregularities. It's often best to have a professional take measurements to ensure precision.

Choosing the Right Glass for Your Needs

Your choice of glass should align with your needs:

  1. Safety and Security: Opt for tempered or laminated glass for higher resistance to impact.
  2. Energy Efficiency: Low-E glass is ideal for reducing energy costs and protecting against UV rays.
  3. Noise Reduction: Laminated glass is effective in dampening external noise, making it suitable for homes in busy areas.

The Replacement Process

The process typically involves:

  1. Removal of Old Glass: Carefully removing the damaged glass and cleaning the frame.
  2. Installation of New Glass: Placing the new glass in the frame, ensuring it fits snugly without strain.
  3. Sealing and Finishing: Applying sealants and reinstalling any trim or hardware.

DIY vs. Professional Replacement

While DIY replacement can be tempting, it comes with risks. Professional installation ensures:

  1. Accuracy: Professionals have the tools and expertise to measure and install precisely.
  2. Safety: Handling glass can be dangerous. Professionals have the right equipment and know-how to do it safely.
  3. Warranty and Compliance: Professional services often come with a warranty and ensure compliance with local building codes.

Maintenance Tips

Post-installation, proper maintenance is crucial:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Use a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth to avoid scratches.
  2. Inspect Seals: Check for any signs of seal failure and address them promptly.
  3. Operational Checks: Ensure that windows open and close smoothly, adjusting as necessary.


Window glass replacement is a significant but worthwhile investment in your home. By understanding the process, types of glass, and importance of professional installation, you can ensure a successful upgrade to your home's comfort, efficiency, and safety.

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"My overall experience with Westlake Window Glass Repair was Awesome! Repaired my window quick, the price was reasonable, the technician that repaired the window was polite, courteous and on time. If I ever need another window repaired - I will definitely use this company."


Kellie Santiago

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"Had Jordan replace a curved “Eyebrow” window that broke. The custom piece took a couple weeks to make but as soon as it was in he was over. The install was quick and seamless. I asked Jordan to repair and build a few screens for me, as well as clean the exterior glass. He exceeded my expectations! I would recommend him to anyone!"


Tye Bratton

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"We just used Westlake Window and Glass Replacement for our patio door and could not be happier... I would highly recommend them to anyone with window or glass needs."


P DeLand

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"Jordan from Westlake Glass helped us remove one of our basement windows. He was extremely professional and meticulous in the way he worked. He exceeded our expectations and did a quality job. We called a dozen other window companies and Westlake offered the most fair price! We will definitely be working with them again to replace a couple of our upstairs windows."


Madelyne Van Hoff

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"Jordan came right out and gave us an estimate.  He was professional and the window looks great! We are definitely using Westlake when it’s time to replace all our windows.  Thanks Jordan!"


Tyler Tingey

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"We have had West Lake glass do several jobs for us over the years. They always do an amazing job! They are honest. professional and always have gotten the job done when they say they will. We would highly recommend West Lake glass!"


DeeDee Mitchell

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"This install went so smoothly! I love that when he left, the project was cleaner than he found it! Way to go Westlake! I’ll happily recommend you to all my friends."


Jennifer Wall

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"We had a golf ball hit and break a window. They were super quick at responding and kept in communication when the glass would be ready for install. Looking for a smooth process replacing a window, these guys know how to be professional without taking too much of your time."


Alli Brock

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"Great customer service. Jordan came out the same day I called for an estimate. Ordered the dual pane window that day and the window was installed exactly within the time frame they said it would be. I couldn’t be more pleased!"


Bruce Dalton

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"We love Westlake Windows! They fixed 1 broken window and replaced our bathroom window with a new window that would open. We didn’t get any ventilation and needed a window that would open. Jordan was phenomenal to work with! He responded right away and we couldn’t be happier with our new windows."


Kristin Burgon

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"We bought a house that had a broken pane of glass in one window and had no idea how annoying it could be to find someone to repair one window. After several calls and searches we finally found Westlake Windows. Jordan was able to give us a quote the next day that saved us over $150, and Jeremy installed it in less than 30 minutes once our glass was ready. Very impressed with this company."


Mike Packer

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"Living on a golf course has left us with 3 broken windows in a matter of months. Thankfully, Jordan at Westlake Glass has made the process simple and stress-free! Jordan is quick to respond, is always right on time and does an excellent job! Super impressed with his removal of broken glass and leaving our home in perfect condition. He’s respectful, responsible, and been a pleasure to work with! Can’t recommend enough!"


Natalie Severts

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