“I know kids will be kids, but I really wish mine had never thought up the Rock Throwing Game.” Sean shook his head. “It’s exactly what it sounds like: they pick up rocks and throw them at things. Not at each other or at the dog – we covered that part – but at reasonably safe targets. The problem with this, of course, is sometimes the kids miss. And this time, when they missed, the rock went right through the kitchen window. I put some cardboard up over the hole to stop our cats from getting out, but beyond that, I’m clueless – what are my next steps?”
Understanding Window Glass Replacement
While of course you’re not thrilled the kids threw a rock through the window, accidents do happen. And there’s some good news here. Any time the glass portion of a window is damaged, without any damage happening to the window sill or frame that surrounds the glass, window glass replacement is option.
Window glass replacement is a service offered by your local glass service. A technician will come to your house to do the repairs, or, if you’ve got the DIY skills involved, you can bring the broken window into the shop and have it fixed there. Either way, windows glass replacement for typical household windows is a quick and relatively affordable repair. The process can take a little longer if you need glass for a large picture window or a specialty window, but even then, replacing the glass is always more affordable than replacing the entire window.
Window Glass Replacement vs Replacement Window Installation
Window glass replacement is the right option when the window is otherwise in good repair and performing well for you. However, sometimes kids throw rocks through windows that weren’t in the greatest shape to begin with. If the window frame or sill is rotted, if the window has other performance issues such as not opening or closing easily, or if the window has only a single pane of glass or is otherwise energy inefficient, having a replacement window installed may make more sense. Upgrading the entire window will be more expensive, but the resulting energy savings will help you recoup some of that investment.