I have a large picture window that has been fogged for years. I had
someone give me a quote to replace it and it came to nearly $1200---a
lot more than I had hoped to spend. My searches suggest there's no
way to repair this myself, but I thought I'd check here. Seems like I
could pull it, take it apart, clean up the glass, put it back together
and seal it up. I don't care if the insulating value is as high as it
used to be...I just want it to be clear.
Any options? I've read about the Crystal Clear company but they don't
have anyone anywhere close.
The window is about 60"x75". Any idea how heavy that would weigh?
Even if I could install a new one myself it would save a bundle.
My brother had the same problem with most of the windows in his house. He
called a company and got a quote over the phone that was extremely high.
He called another company and asked to have someone come to check the
windows and give him an estimate.
When the guy came he asked my brother if he wanted the windows replaced or
just the glass. The windows are good, just the glass is all fogged up. My
brother asked for a quote for just replacing the glass and the price was
very much less than his first quote.
He called the first company back and asked how much it would cost just to
replace the glass in all his windows. Again the price was quite acceptable.
Make certain you are getting a quote for just having the glass replaced and
not the entire window.
If the thing has been fogged for years there's a good chance that the
glass has become etched and will never look quite right again.
You're not installing a 5' x 6' insulated lite by yourself unless you
are interested to see if arterial blood really does spurt out. That's
too big and heavy for one person to handle.
You didn't say what sort of frame the unit is in. Some are easier to
remove and replace than others. First things first - call a local
insulated glass manufacturer and get a price for the unit by itself.
Most likely they won't be willing to give you an installed price over
the phone, but it can't hurt to ask.
Sealing the glass panes is NOT a home DIY project. You don't have the
tools or the shop. Contact a local window glazing company. Let them
measure and replace the glass. They have cups to hold and carry the
glass. The size you mention can get your hurt, seriously.
Tempered glass will weigh much more.
I had an entire window of same size roughly replaced. 850$ but was part of
a package deal and a reduced rate from a friend who's done many other jobs
for us. Regular price would have been about 1,100 I think (2 years ago).
I had some insulated glass units replaced by a local glass company. They
charged about $1200.00 and I did most of the prep work and finish work, they
just removed and replaced the glass units. Took less than an hour. They
failed within 2 years, cheap bad units.
Had another window that needed replacing, taller glass units, 2 units less.
I contacted a nearby insulated glass unit manufacturer. They made them for
just over $125.00 with all the bells and whistles, low-E, insulated
separaters, argon filled. Premium units. Took me just over an hour to
I have just ordered 15 replacement units for the ones the local glass
company replaced and a number of other windows that have gone bad, the total
cost is $514.00 plus taxes. Again premium units at an average of $34.26
Don't buy retail, try to go wholesale or manufacturer direct. Shop around.
Well I had the same issue with one round window. After getting
replacement estimates from $570 to $950, I simply removed one pane of
Assuming your window glass thickness is one eighth inch thick, the
double pane glass will weigh about 105 pounds +/- 10 percent.
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