Double pane insulated glass HELP!

wenjenFebruary 4, 2010

I have 4 patio doors with double pane insulated glass that I have to periodically replace over the 20 years I've lived in my house due to the sthe eals leaking allowing moisture in between the panes of glass. I now have 2 panels that need to be replaced again! One local glass shop recommended I use tempered glass that is NOT insulated and not double glass instead of insulated glass as this will aleviate the problem of the seals breaking and I won't have to replace them anymore. My concern is - will this affect resale? will this affect the temperature in that room greatly - it is very hot in summer and very cold in winter, will it look different? It certainly will save me money in the long run. He also priced a low E tempered glass. Would anyone recommend this instead of just tempered glass? Does anyone have any recommendations. Thank you, Wenjen

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Right, so instead of seal failures you will only have to contend with ice forming on the glass in the winter and condensation forming in the summer. Not to good of a solution IMO.

Why not just purchase a quality door with LowE and argon gas and a lifetime glass seal guarantee? Make sure the door has stainless steel wheels and a good quality handle and you shouldn't have to contend with the ongoing problems anymore.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 12:16PM
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that is a bad idea, prob the worste idea for solving your problem. Have you been getting your glass replaced by the same company? If so find another glass shop, there are load of glass shops around and ask if you can buy a warranty for the glass and IGU(insulated glazed unit).

Also depending on where you live thre are energy codes that must be followed and unless you live in the south just single pane tempered will not meet code.

Dont do it...

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 5:28PM
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I should also point out that I doubt you will be able to use single pane glass in a door designed for double pane. I am unaware of any glass shops that offer much of a warranty on double pane IGU's.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 12:25AM
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If you are replacing relatively new units, maybe the weep holes are plugged or don't exist. This can possibly lead to seal failure due to the glass resting in standing water.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 3:19PM
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Thank you for your responses. These are wood doors and the glass man says that the wood is soaking in moisture which is making the seals fail. The doors also are subjected to direct sun all summer. I live in Virginia. I want to sell the house in 3 years so don't want to spend the money to replace the doors but also don't want to do anything that would jeopardize a sale. Looks like from the consensus I need to stick with the double pane insulated glass. I am using a new glass company this time - I had been using the same one all the other years. Thank you for all your advice.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 1:57PM
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A lot of glass manufacturers supply their raw glass products to localized glass assemblers. This assembler is the outfit that turns the raw glass into insulating glass. They are the entity that provides the warranty that is passed through the neighborhood glass shop/installer. Often, the warranties are five years, but we have one source out of Denver that recently moved to a ten year warranty on glass within fifty square feet in size.

As for water absorbing into the wood, I highly doubt that is the case. If it is, you can eliminate this excuse by the glass installer by simple applying a plastic sealer to the wood -otherwise known as polyurethane.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2010 at 4:12PM
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