Texan Glass and Solar Control is Houston’s choice for window repair and replacement.
Whether it’s a broken single pane of glass, an insulated glass unit that has condensation due to a bad seal, or a large piece of glass in your storefront door or window we’ve got you covered.
Single Pane glass replacement is a fairly straightforward process…to the trained professional. Our job is to make your window look as if it never had a repair or replacement – from using the correct color of glass to choosing the proper vinyl to hold the glass in the frame we’ve got what it takes to fix it!
Double pane glass is slightly more complicated – there are different colors of glass and thicknesses of insulated glass units or “IG’s”. Depending on the size of the window and the window manufacturer there are quite a few different combinations. When replacing an insulated glass unit we make an initial trip to take the measurements of the window, clean up any broken glass that may be present, and seal up the opening if necessary. The insulated glass units take about 3-5 business days to manufacture and we’re out to install the replacement as soon as possible.
Additionally we can replace the glass in your commercial door or storefront, in your residential door or any other type of glass application you might have. Want the blinds built in your door? We do that too!
Expect to be asked a couple of questions when calling for an estimate.
- How big is the piece of glass that broke? We’re just looking for an approximate size – our technician will measure and cut the glass on site for you (unless it’s tempered glass – see #2)
- Is it a single pane window or a double pane window? Single pane windows are as stated – just a single pane of glass – often 1/8″ thick. Double pane glass will have two panes of glass separated by a rubber or metal spacer. Double pane insulated glass units or “IG’s” are on most houses built in the early 2000’s or later. If your house was built before the early 2000’s, you likely have single pane windows unless they were replaced at some point.
- When the glass broke did it break into a bunch of little tiny pieces that are about the same size or did it break into a bunch of big pieces that are different sizes? We just want to know if the glass is “tempered” or “safety” glass. Building codes require that glass in windows in or near a door or within 18″ of the floor be tempered glass in case they break it is not as dangerous.
- Is the glass part of a door or close to a door? Is the unit within 18″ of the floor? Again we’re just wanting to know if the glass needs to be tempered. We have run into cases where the correct glass is not used in the building of the home. We always use the right type of glass that current building code requires.
- Does the glass have any color to it? Most of the time your glass is going to look clear when you’re looking through it, however if you were to take a piece of white paper and hold it behind the glass you can often notice a hue to it. If your glass has a green or bronze hue to it we’ll use the same color of glass when replacing it so your windows will match.
- Is the window on the first or second floor? It’s a little bit more difficult to work on second floor windows so they’re priced accordingly.
A note on color matching insulated glass units:
Early “Low E” energy efficient windows were made with a purple tinted glass called “PP2” in the glass industry. It was common to see homes with this type of glass in houses built in the early to mid 2000’s. In the mid 2000’s the glass manufacturers made the decision to switch production to a more efficient green tinted glass called “RLE” or Residential Low E glass. Until a couple of years ago, PP2 glass was still available for purchase to be made into replacement insulated glass units. At this point the supply of PP2 with glass manufacturers has depleted and it is no longer available. If you have PP2 glass in your window and it breaks, the closest thing a glass company will be able to do is to use the RLE glass in your replacement window. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the glass in your windows when calling.
Call 281-296-6200 for more information today!