Quick definition: thermal windows are the type of windows you’re likely to have in your home. Designed to save energy, thermal windows use a combination of multiple panes of glass and insulating gas to keep warm air in and cold air out.
However, unfortunately, thermal windows are vulnerable to being broken during storms. This is especially true if the window comes into contact with any flying debris, such as tree branches that have been blown off of the tree by turbulent winds.
Storm damage can range from the minimal to the severe. If a thermal window is damaged to such a degree that the window frame and sill are cracked, twisted, or otherwise damaged, having a replacement window installed will be your only option.
In all other cases, it is well worth asking the question: can this damaged thermal window be repaired? Repairing thermal windows is always more affordable than replacing them. Have your local glass company take a look at the job and give you an estimate for repairs.
People sometimes have concerns about the window’s performance after repairs. Assuming the repairs are done properly, including the critical task of sealing the windows, the repaired window’s performance will be just as good as the homeowner expects.
When a window has only minor damage, there can be a tendency to put off or delay this repair. However, there are several reasons all thermal window repairs should be done as promptly as possible. The first is that when windows are damaged, they are letting your heat out at a much greater rate than is acceptable. You pay a lot of money to heat your home and you do not want to waste those funds! Second is the fact that cracks and other window damage can let moisture into the home, contributing to potential mold and mildew problems. The third is that criminals and sketchy individuals look for broken windows to gain easier access to a home. Better be safe than sorry – keep your windows in good repair!