In this life, sometimes windows break. Whether it’s a bird flying where it shouldn’t, a rock thrown up by the lawn mower, storm debris or a wayward baseball doesn’t really matter. When your window is broken, you need it fixed.
But what’s involved in fixing a broken window? There are two options: glass replacement and having a replacement window installed. Glass replacement is only an option when the window frame is undamaged. If the frame is damaged, window replacement is really all you can do.
So what’s better for your budget? Replacement windows, exclusive of installation cost, run between $200 and $1,200, with the average cost being $650. Window glass replacement costs run between $180 to $400, with the average cost being around $265. Replacement costs for very large windows can be significantly higher.
Those numbers only tell part of the story. If the broken window is of an old, energy inefficient style, replacing the glass will – at best – restore it to its previous best performance. There are times when it will make sense long term to have a replacement window installed. The initial cost may be greater, but some of that investment will be quickly recouped in the form of savings on the energy bill.
However, if the window is reasonably new and in good condition, the smarter financial decision is to go with window glass replacement. Glass replacement is also the right option when you need a window with special glass, such as frosted or etched, replaced.
In instances where only a single pane in a multi-pane window is broken, glass replacement is generally the better option. Window glass replacement is also often a good idea if you’re struggling with foggy windows. To get a price on your project and discover what all of your repair options are, connect with the glass replacement company near you now.