The Most Important Details For A True Estimate on Glass Replacement
The most important thing a home owner can do to make sure they get the most accurate and best price is to grab a few details about their broken glass.
- Get an approximate size of the panel that’s broken. Don’t get to close and get cut, just measure the daylight(inside to inside of the frame where the glass is). Get a Width and a Height in Inches. For example something close to 34 ” width by 92″ height would be a 34×92
- Is it single or dual pane? That means one pane of glass thick, or 2 panes of glass in thickness!
- Is there any color or tint to the glass. Bronze(brownish tint) is very common as is a slight green or blue tint(Low-E energy Efficient glass).
With that information you should be able to call a glass company and get a quick accurate quote on your patio door glass replacement.
Standard Sized Patio Door Glass
If your broken patio door glass falls into one of the most common standard sizes this is good news as some emergency glass replacement companies provide same day service. For instance if you research 24 hour same day patio door glass replacement in Phoenix AZ you will come across Valleywide Glass. They mention on their website that the most common sizes used in residential patio doors are as follows:
28×76, 34×76, 34×9, 46×76 for Sliding Arcadia Doors
20×64, 22×64, 22×80 for French Style Swing Doors
Types of Patio Door Glass
All door glass will have to be tempered due to code. So any place you buy a glass insert that is anything close to reputable should always be using high quality glass. You can tell the difference between tempered glass and regular annealed glass by how it breaks. Some windows will have tempered glass in them if they are near a door or close to the ground. For the most part when glass breaks in a door it is pretty easy to remove. You can put down a tarp and tap the glass with a broom handle while standing back in safety. The tempered glass should just fall right off onto the ground. At that point you will realize there is a lot more glass in a door then you would normally think. Those doors way hundreds of pounds and having a professional company come out and take care of that replacement may be your only option. Also the glass that is used will not come from Home Depot or Lowes or any other place that is readily accessible.
Where Does Residential Glass Come From?
Pretty much all glass that is used in construction, installations, new window fabrications and glass replacements come from big manufacturers that have safety guidelines on the glass that they sell. Now most of the actual factories are in China but the quality of glass they produce must meet the strict American guidelines so that is not a worry. You can research some of the big glass manufacturers if you would like to know more about the process. GlazTech, TruLite, Cardinal, Old Castle are some of the nationwide manufacturers of glass.
Hope this article helped and thanks for reading.