insulated glass unit on stud replacement help

messyguyJuly 29, 2013

We have floor to ceiling glass windows on one side of the house in Washington state. They are just single paned glass on wall stud ( finished wood frame ) hold with wood stops. We want to replace them with insulated glass units. We need help with these questions:
1. The installation guideline for insulated glass units. We couldn't find it anywhere!

2. Beside homedepot and local glass shop , is there a better place to purchase them (IGUs)
We appreciate your feed back!

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The local glass shop would be the place to go, not HD. The local glass shop will be able to advise you on the best glass based on your conditions. They would be the cheapest source for IGs too.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 7:21AM
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Windows on Washington

1. I would opt for a full frame unit, personally, because of its ability to accommodate water drainage and any water that might make it past the primary seal of the glass to frame connection.

2. Glass shop or local supplier.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 7:26AM
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WoW - +1

By far the single biggest reason for IG failure with modern systems is water. Unless some provision is made for keeping water away from the edge of the IG, you will have problems down the road.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 7:42AM
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100% agree with the above posts. I've seen this mistake in homes before. If the situation isn't ideal (proper space between the glass and frame, glazed correctly, paint and maintenance every few years) the glass will fail in a matter of years. Have a professional do it from a glass shop or even better have someone install a direct set unit from a manufacturer.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 1:39PM
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thanks guys for the feedback. I agree with all that insulated glass units may require lot of maintenance and pose some potential failure like you guys said. Full frame unit won't look right since that side of the house there is no dry wall, only wood frame.
I will post a picture next week.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 2:42AM
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