Double pane glass or insulated glass is opted by most of the elegant seeking homeowners. You may have a double pane window glass following the trend. However, you might be thinking of changing the entire double pane glass, as it may get foggy or you found some dirty debris inside the gap of two-pane. Often the double-glazing gets this dirt or fog as the rubber seals damage over weather and time.
You will be surprised to know that, nowadays, you can replace your double-pane glass on your own. Also, you wouldn’t even need to change the entire window! You can replace only the glass pane that’s been getting debris following a DIY project. After reading this article, you’ll be a mastermind who can easily change a sealed double-pane glass. Also, you’ll get to know when, how, and which method to follow. Besides, you will find it easier than ever!
Signs That This Is the Perfect Time to Fix Double Glazing Window Sealant
If you are using a double glazed window, it is sometimes needed to change your glass pane. However, sometimes it seems difficult to decide, which time may bring fruitful results. Over time, you may find damage to your glass window’s rubber seal. It can be resulted due to long term use or for atmospheric pressure. This might let outside dust and debris come inside the gap between the two glasses of a pane. It also causes an imbalance of your room’s internal environment, which leads to enhanced energy consumptions. That returns you with a high electricity bill. So, undoubtedly, whenever you find dust or debris inside, or foggy glass, or an even high electric bill, that’s the ‘high time’ to change your glass pane.
Besides, to do so by yourself, all you need is attention, a chisel or wide headed screwdriver, and washing liquid. Here is a DIY procedure for you. Without making any further ado, let’s jump into the removal of the sealant step that is the first step of this DIY project!
Remove the Sealant Border Carefully
First of all, you will need to find a chisel, which is very sharp. Otherwise, you can use a screwdriver with a wide head. Use it very carefully while removing the borders. The sealant border sticks to the frame around the glass. Start the process by pulling out from the middle of the borderline. After a while, move the chisel both directions, and you’ll be able to easily remove the sealant border. Thus, you can repeat the process for all the sides of that pane. However, you should remove the upside border in the end!
Now, the next step is to remove the double-pane out!
Drop the Double-Pane Out Carefully
Just right after removing the upside border, you’ll find the pane easily falling off from the upside. Carefully remove the glass pane without damaging the rubber. Sometimes, the rubber sticks to the window on its own. That is because it’s necessary for fixing afterward. You need to keep the pane somewhere safe.
Now, it is time to think about the next step. Perform your inspection for debris and cleaning.
Clean the Debris If Any with a Small Brush
In this step, a small cleaning brush or paintbrush will make your job easy. You need to look out for debris or dust in the pane. Sometimes, you might find them in the bottom line. You must clean along the bottom line using the brush. Besides this, ensure your pane has a proper seal afterward. Now, you can hop into fixing your double glazing pane!
Fix the New Double Glazing Window Pane Carefully
While setting your double-pane glass or window pane replacement, you need to be cautious at most. This step will ensure the proper sealing of your window. Firstly, you need to start from the right bottom line for the pane. You’ll find that easily by the initials written on the bottom line. Use a few spacers to hold your pane to the window. Look out for the square fittings of your pane in the frame. It is a crucial task, so deal it with patience. After being completely correct and satisfied, you can move to the next step, which is replacing the sealant border.
Use a Thin Layer of Washing Liquid on the Rubber of the Sealant Border
Surprisingly, you’ll need some washing liquid in this process. All you need to do is, take some washing liquid alongside the rubber of the border. This washing liquid helps the borders to slide at ease. Eventually, it’ll make sure that your room ventilation would work nicely. Also, it allows you to slide the rubber along the glass, whenever necessary to clip it back to the frame. Start in the reverse method. You have to start with the upside borders first. It will help the pane to hold it with the window frame.
In the next and last step, you’ll get to know about fixing the rubber around the glass to fix the pane.
Carefully and Slightly Fix the Rubber along with the Glass to Firmly Fix the Pane
Well, there are various ways to fix the bordering rubber along with the glass. However, the straightforward method is to push-fit. Using a block of wood, you need to push up the borders from a corner to another corner, avoiding the frame damage. Eventually, your previously added washing liquid allows the rubber of the border to slide into the frame alongside the glass. If the washing liquid is lacking, this may damage the rubber. As a result, it won’t fit properly. So, for sliding the borders, you need to do it in completely reverse order. So, start from the corner. Give a gentle tap using the wooden block.
Then, move alongside the glass and repeat tapping. You’ll find the sliding rubber amazingly fitted. For a snug fit, you might find out one of the border’s corners to be chopped off a little bit. For that piece of the borderline, you should fit the corners first. Then, you can start tapping from the middle to downward. This ensures a snug-fitting and, thus, you can easily replace your double glazing window pane perfectly!