Many homeowners may have trouble deciding if they need window glass replacement or total window replacement. It is hard to tell what repair is required for a broken or foggy-looking view inside and outside the home. In the end, it is a question of preference and budget. If you want to make an informed decision about your windows or if you’re going to replace old panes, read on.


Temporary Solutions Versus Long-Term Solutions

Should you replace the glass or your entire window? This depends on whether a temporary fix will suffice and if it’s not necessary to change out a whole window. A replacement of just the pane is cheaper than replacing all components for this reason—it’s only in cases where there are significant problems that would benefit from more long-term solutions should one take further measures with their home windows.

Although replacement windows are more expensive than repairs, you’ll get two benefits for the price of one. You can expect to see energy savings and higher resale value because new replacement windows improve your home’s insulation against heat or cold outside temperatures that would otherwise seep in through old window panes with cracks or broken glass. If you feel like your current window pane is ineffective at keeping out noise either inside or outside, replacing it could be a great idea if its other features such as insulation aren’t so good anymore after years of wear-and-tear from opening and closing them.


Glass Replacement – The temporary solution

Window glass replacement involves removing the broken or cracked window pane from your window frame. It is typically an option when you are dealing with a new, otherwise undamaged frame but have run into problems like cracks and breaks in the panes of glass. We will get more specific on whether it makes sense to replace just one broken pane of glass or new windows later. But what you should know now is that replacing one pane of glass is cheaper than getting new windows.


Whole Window Replacement – The long term solution

If your windows are old, in poor working condition, broken, or have single-pane glass, you should consider replacing the entire window. This is an excellent option because it will increase energy efficiency and reduce noise by eliminating cracks that may let air into your home while maintaining the historical integrity of older homes with original materials.


When Should You Opt for Glass Replacement?

When your window frames are in good shape, but you’re having problems with the glass, glass-only replacement is always an option. This usually happens when: 

1.  You have broken single-pane windows, and condensation between panes often occurs
2. Your sashes (frames of a door/window opening) still look relatively new, and there’s nothing wrong with them except for some cracks due to aging that do not affect their functionality.

When this scenario comes about, we generally consider it as short term solution unless:

1.  The wood used on your window frame is historic – meaning old than 100 years ago
2. There has been significant damage done by water seeping into the crack(s), such as mold growth within these areas

Wouldn’t it be nice if replacing the original glass in historic homes was easier? Well, thanks to glaziers and advances in technology, you can now replace the single-pane glass without having to remove old wood frames. 

This means that homeowners won’t have to buy new windows or even take down their window’s protective coverings, which preserves history better than ever before!


When Should I Choose Window Replacement?

Replacing a window is not just about replacing the glass. It requires removing the whole existing frame and rebuilding it in order to install a new one, which will cost more than only fixing broken windows. However, there are many reasons why replacement is worth your money when compared with simply repairing them:

• Replacement windows solve condensation between the glass

Replacing your windows with a model designed to reduce expansion and contraction would help prevent moisture from building up between the panes.

• Replacement windows with double or triple-paned insulated glass units are more energy efficient.

The glass in your window blocks air and allows light to enter your rooms but don’t be fooled by the glass alone. It has no significant insulation properties, so it is what’s on the inside of modern replacement windows that contribute to energy performance – such as non-toxic gas between panes or coatings. This will offer better insulation and keep your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer.

• Replacement windows are a great way to upgrade the appearance of your house.

Many people decide to upgrade their existing windows because they are no longer operable, energy-efficient, or aesthetically pleasing. However, many more opt for replacement due to a desire for change and a new look at home with double-pane fiberglass insulated wood-clad windows and maintenance-free vinyl windows.


Replacement Windows vs. Replacement Glass: How Do the Costs Compare?

The average cost for replacing window glass is around $269. Here are the averages per type of replacement:

• Single glazed windows range from about $3 to 6 dollars a square foot, on average costing homeowners around 3$ – 9$.

• Double glazed windows run at an average of 10 – 14$ per square foot, with most people shelling out 12$ or 13$.

• Tempered/impact-resistant panels can be up to 2x as expensive depending on size and location in your home, averaging between 16$ and 21$ per square foot. This makes it one of the more costly replacements due simply because there’s only so much you can do without compromising safety. Sometimes this comes down solely based on what kind of paneling style you want to get.


Replacement windows cost homeowners up to 50% more than simply replacing the glass. On average, replacement windows can cost $175-$700 per window, with high-end replacements reaching as much as $800-1,200.

If you want a window, the price depends on the frame and style. It also depends on what needs to be done to fit in your house and not block out any light or be too unsafe without compromising security. So always shop around for quotes before deciding which window is best for you!