Window Glass Installations and Sales at North Alabama Glass Co., Inc.


Replacing Window Panes

Home-owners generally replace the glass in their windows for one of two reasons.
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Reason #1: The glass is broken.

If your glass is broken we can provide a quick estimate and replacement so you can secure your home and belongings. If the broken glass is single glazed we can usually take care of the replacement the same day. Windows manufactured prior to 1980 usually have single-pane glass. Most modern windows are insulated (dual pane) glass. And most insulated windows manufactured in the past ten years have a higher energy efficient glass coating called a Low-emissivity or Low-E coating. Some glasses even have inert Argon gas between the panes to make it even more energy efficient. For every window type North Alabama Glass can provide the replacement glass you need.
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Reason #2: Your insulated window glass has fogged up.

Insulated Glass, also known as dual-pane, double-glazing or thermopane glass, consists of two pieces (known as lites) of glass separated by a desiccated spacer and hermetically sealed together using polysulfide or silicone sealant. Newer insulated glass, especially glasses with Low-E coatings, are very energy efficient. Most insulated glass will retain its seal for about 12 to 20 years. But, once the seal breaks down, the glass will fog up and eventually turn an ugly milky white color and will lose most of its energy efficiency.

While insulated glass is more expensive than old fashioned single window panes, the payback in utility bill savings is between 5 and 9 years. Payback will vary depending upon a variety of factors (including the location and orientation of the house, the type of glass and cost of local electricity and gas).

More importantly, for many people, insulated glass adds substantially to the comfort level of your home. For those reasons it just makes sense to replace fogged insulated glass. It saves money and makes your home more comfortable and nice to look at (and out of).

North Alabama Glass replaces thousands of broken and fogged insulated glasses every year. And we stock hundreds of standard size insulated glasses in our inventory so there is a good chance you may not have to wait weeks for your glass to be ordered and manufactured by the factory. In the event that your window is a custom size or has a special coated glass we can install a temporary glass until the factory replacement comes in.

Low-E insulated glass is particularly difficult to match up as the glass manufacturers develop their own formulae for Low-E glass which gives every window manufacturer’s glass a distinctive color and sheen. Our technicians have the latest tools including lasers designed to tell them what kind of Low-E glass you have and to give them a better chance to match your existing glass. And our installers will clean up any mess to the best of their ability once the job is completed.

All of our double pane glass used in commercial storefronts has a 10 year warranty from the date of installation. Most of the insulated glass used in residential windows has at least a five year warranty.

In addition to replacing broken or fogged glass we also offer many more services for our residential customers. Among those are:
  • Single Window Pane Glass Replacement
  • Insulated Window Glass Replacement
  • Patio Door Glass Replacement
  • Custom Heavy Glass Frameless Shower Enclosures
  • Framed Shower and Tub Enclosures
  • Mirrors for Bathroom Vanities
  • Antique Mirrors
  • Glass for Picture Frames
  • Tabletop Glasses
  • Desktop Glasses
  • Glass Shelves
  • Decorative Glass for Cabinet Doors
  • Glass for Storm Windows
  • Screens for Doors and Windows
  • Plexiglas (Acrylic)
  • Fireplace Insert Glasses
  • Lexan (Polycarbonate)
We can also provide Restoration Glass which is the wavy, vintage-look glass designed to match window glass used in homes in the 1800s.

Give us a call today – or click here to request an online quote.