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Glass professionals repair broken windows and damaged or nonfunctional window frames and casing. Common requests for help include fixing broken glass, windows that won’t open or close properly, and windowsills or casings that need repair or replacement. Repairs may involve various types of glass, including tempered glass, laminated glass, insulated glass, plate glass, plexiglass, mirrored glass and others. Professionals can help with repairs to bay windows, aluminum windows, double glazing, window frames, sliding mechanisms, vinyl windows, wood windows and more. Many factors affect the cost of window repair.

Broken glass

Replacing broken glass in a window includes the cost of the new glass and the cost of installation labor. The price for replacing broken glass depends on the size of the glass, the type of glass, whether the glass is double- or single-pane, how many pieces of glass are being replaced, and the location of the glass to be replaced. Here’s how Potomac Glass Pro in Woodbridge, Virginia, handles pricing to account for these variables:

  • Single-pane annealed glass, 24x25 inches, including installation and labor: $75–$80

    • Single-pane glass is typically found in wood or aluminum frames.

    • This price can decrease to $55 per pane if a customer requests a large quantity, such as 10 or more new panes.
  • Double-pane annealed glass, 24x25 inches, not including installation and labor: $170–$180

    • Energy-efficient glass could be an additional $20.

    • Cost for labor on this size and type of glass:

      • Installation in a vinyl frame: +$15

      • Installation in an aluminum frame: +$15

      • Installation in a wood frame: +$35–$40
  • Single-pane glass, 5x5 feet: $375+. Costs are higher because of increased thickness, size and labor for large-plate glass.

  • Double-pane glass, size 5x5 feet: $485–$495 or more. Costs can vary depending on grades of glass.

Location

Windows in precarious locations requiring a ladder or roof access may increase the overall cost of repairs. For example, Potomac Glass Pro sometimes charges an additional $10–$15 for labor on hard-to-reach windows.

Window repair

Windows may become stuck open or closed or have damage to the sill or casing. Window repair professionals can replace the hardware in these windows or make repairs to the frame to get a window back in working order. Many glass pros prefer to give an estimate after seeing the situation because windows all have different types of hardware—which may or may not still be in production—and different ways they were originally installed. These factors affect the total cost. Here are some pricing examples for different types of repair by GlassMogul in Mesa, Arizona:

  • Repairs to single-hung windows for labor and parts on replacing balance springs: $185–$225

    • The company charges $125 for each successive window repair. Costs are lower when pros are already on-site, so having a larger number of windows repaired can reduce costs overall.
  • Repairs to both sashes on a double-hung window: $315

    • Double-hung windows have balance springs for each window pane, so the cost is $185 for the first part of the double hung window and $125 for the second.
  • Replacement of rollers on a sliding glass door: $180

    • Costs are higher for oversized doors or energy-efficient glass doors.

    • A recent job to replace and fix seven, oversized, low-energy glass patio sliders, along with the rollers cost $4,000.

Window hardware

Costs are also affected by what type of hardware is required. Older windows may have hardware that is no longer in production. Costs will increase if the repair company has to spend extra time contacting manufacturers to obtain the necessary pieces for the job.

Window installation

Sometimes just replacing the glass or repairing the hardware is not enough to bring a window back to life. In these situations, the entire window frame and glass will need to be replaced. Westcoast Windows & Doors + More in Sherwood, Oregon, charges $400–$450 for a standard, vinyl, 6x3-foot bedroom window with energy-efficient glass.

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