Replacing Insulated Glass
Eric Huber of Blaine Window Repair provides instructions and safety tips for replacing insulated glass.
Eric Huber: Hi, I am Eric Huber with Blaine Window Repair Service. Today, we are doing window repair. Now I am going to show you insulated glass replacement. I am sure this looks like a familiar problem, try to clean it and it just doesn't come off. Chances are that the seal in between the two panes of glass has failed and has caused condensation and that's why you get this milky white look to it.Now we are going to show you how to repair it. First thing we need to do is remove the sash from the window frame. In a double hung tilt window, you usually need to raise the window a few inches, pulling your tilt latches and hold the sash towards you. On the bottom, you have pivot bars which hold the window in and we are going to pull this on one side and lift it out. Now we are going to change our insulated glass. Insulated glass is two pieces of glass that are joined together by silicon or a butyl tape sealing.There are many different types of glass that can be used for this. You can have the glass with the internal volumes to give it a simulated, true divided look. As a matter there are many different types of pattern glasses that can be used - for privacy, in a bathroom, front entry door and there are also safety glasses. First we have the laminated which could be for security and also safety. If the glass would break, it would stay together. There is a plastic binder in between two pieces of glass and it would break and stay together. Then you have your tampered safety glass which needs to be used in any door, windows next to a door, side lights, bathrooms, over the bath tub or shower area. In the event that this glass would break, it would break into a bunch of little pieces, you may get a nick or a scratch, but nothing serious. When your standard glass would break, it would usually break in a big shard and it's a better chance that it can cut you. For this application here, we are going to replace it with just your clear glass. On most of the frames, they are screwed together at the corners. Remove the screws and the frame will come apart. There is a rubber gasket that holds the glass in that needs to be reinstalled to keep out the weather and the moisture. It's important when installing the new glass to keep the split in the rubber towards at the top. We just wrap the rubber back around that's usually in a U-shape. Now that the rubber gasket is back on, now we can reassemble our frame. Keeping the split in the gasket at the top, push the frame back around. Reinstall the screws. Now we are ready to put the glass back into the frame. Just repeat the same process as removing it and that's how to replace an insulated glass.Next, is balance replacement.